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Earth Day Spotlight: Alumni Making an Impact in Sustainability

April 22, 2024 This Earth Day, we highlight the noteworthy efforts of three Lauder alumni who are working actively in their careers to address complex and urgent environmental challenges and build a more sustainable future. All three alumni, who occupy a strategic position at the intersection of business and sustainability,…Read More Read More

First Lauder Intercultural Venture to Georgia Featured in Penn Today

First Lauder Intercultural Venture to Georgia Featured in Penn Today April 1, 2024 Penn Today featured the Lauder Institute’s March 2024 Lauder Intercultural Venture (LIV) to Georgia in Eastern Europe. The venture was the LIV program's first visit to this location. With an "Edge of Empires" theme, the LIV provided…Read More Read More

2024 Jacobson Global Venture Awards Winners Announced!

The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies established the Jacobson Global Venture Awards in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Andrew Jacobson, WG’93, and Lauder alumna Marina Kunis Jacobson, G’93, WG’93. Venture Awards provide Lauder students with resources to focus their energies on their entrepreneurial venture during…Read More Read More

Lauder Community Language Initiative Expands Horizons

Lauder Community Language Initiative Expands Horizons The Lauder Community Language Initiative offers beginner-level language classes to students, faculty, and staff The Lauder Institute has long been recognized for its commitment to preparing interculturally competent students for global careers through language study. Our student body has a deep interest in language…Read More Read More

Lauder Global Business Insight Report 2024

The 2024 Lauder Global Business Insight Report is now available! This year's report, written by first-year Lauder students, explores the myriad ways in which nations, institutions, and individuals are working toward a more sustainable future. Learn how digitization is driving greater financial inclusion in Latin America and India. Find out…Read More Read More

African Narratives Film Series

Inaugural African Narratives Film Series The Lauder Institute and Penn's Center for Africana Studies are pleased to present African Narratives, a new film series that showcases global African cinema. The series will feature two films that explore the diverse complexity of African life and culture and/or highlight the work of…Read More Read More

Culture Quest Philippines

CULTURE QUEST PHILIPPINES  Over the 2023/2024 Winter Break, more than 30 Lauder students traveled abroad for their annual Lauder Culture Quest (LCQ) adventure, this time to Cebu City and El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines. Lauder Culture Quest is an Amazing Race-style program that enables students to vote each year…Read More Read More

International Fieldwork Photo Contest: Winners Announced

The Lauder Institute is pleased to announce the winners of its International Fieldwork Photo Contest. These photos were taken by students from the Class of 2024 while completing international fieldwork for their masters research project. The photos shown below reflect research undertaken in South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, and China…Read More Read More

Honoring our Student Veterans

HONORING OUR STUDENT VETERANS November 11, 2023 On this Veterans Day, we proudly introduce four Lauder Institute students, each of whom brings a rich history of service with the U.S. Armed Forces, representing the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. Veterans possess a unique and global perspective, having traversed the…Read More Read More

Celebrating our 40-Year Anniversary

Four Decades of the Lauder Institute’s Global Impact As the Lauder Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary, Wharton Magazine takes a look back at our evolution as a one-of-a-kind program to develop international business leaders (and, in the process, a particularly passionate alumni network). We look forward to continuing to educate and build our extraordinary community of global ...Read More

What Do You Love Most About Your Culture?

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month As Latinx Heritage Month (September 15th to October 15th) unfolds across the United States, the Lauder Institute is celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of its students from the Latin America (LatAm) region. Approximately 24% of students from the combined Classes of 2024 and 2025 are from Latin America or have Latin American ...Read More

Made with LauderLove: New International Recipe Book

Made with LauderLove: New International Recipe Book The Lauder Institute is delighted to announce the release of its inaugural recipe book featuring a collection of international recipes from the Class of 2023. The book is a reflection of the rich tapestry of cultures and backgrounds that make up the Lauder student body. Across the Class of 2023, ...Read More

A Look Inside the Hindi Summer Immersion

A Look Inside the Hindi Summer Immersion Two first-year students from our SAMENA (Hindi) program discuss the highlights from their 5-week stint in India. ✨Yashodhana Raj (G’25, WG’25) was born in Mumbai and lived, studied, and worked in Israel, Italy, Austria, Russia, and India before joining Lauder. Her work has mainly focused on women empowerment, emerging economies, ...Read More

Summer Immersions for 2023 Take Flight

Summer Immersions for 2023 Take Flight Summer Immersions for the Class of 2025 are underway. The Summer Immersion program, a required part of the Lauder Institute’s International Studies curriculum, takes first-year students around the world for a 5-week period, providing an unparalleled opportunity for field-based and interdisciplinary learning. Guided by faculty directors and in the company ...Read More

New Italian Language Track will Launch Summer 2024

The Lauder Institute Launches Italian Language Track in Europe Program Published June 15, 2023 The Lauder Institute is pleased to invite applicants for a new Italian Language Track in our Europe Program of Concentration beginning in Summer 2024. Applicants for the Lauder Class of 2026 who meet the eligibility requirements may select ‘Italian’ as their language of ...Read More

Live with Pride: An Interview with Alexander Robinson

LIVE WITH PRIDE: An Interview with Alexander Robinson (G’23, WG’23) This Pride Month, we sit down with Alexander Robinson (G’23, WG’23), a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and a recent graduate who served the Penn community as President of the Lauder Student Advisory Board, a Co-President of Wharton’s LGBTQ+ Social Club ‘Out4Business’, and a Wharton ...Read More

Alumni Spotlight: Asian-American Founders & Entrepreneurs

In the United States, the month of May is recognized as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and this year we are proud to showcase three Lauder alumni who are Asian-American founders and entrepreneurs: Ming Khor, Sarah Guo, and Olivia Chen. Although the scope of their ventures are wide-ranging, from…Read More Read More


CLASS OF 2023 GRADUATE PROFILES DELFINA MATTERN Global Program "The Lauder Institute's greatest strength, without a doubt, is its community...which is filled with amazingly diverse and talented people, all of whom share a passion for travel, language, and exploring intercultural issues." Expand for Full InterviewYour hometown Frankfurt, Germany What has…Read More Read More

Distinguished Guests Provide Insight Into International Order-Making

A Global Program class at the Lauder Institute, led by Dr. Ecaterina Locoman, draws on various disciplines such as comparative religion, international relations, and political science, to discuss the drivers of international order-making. This semester, a number of distinguished experts joined our students to dialog about democracy, authoritarianism, and peacemaking,…Read More Read More


Accepted Podcast: Admissions Q&A with Kara Keenan Sweeney

Linda Abraham from Accepted sat down with the Director of Admissions Marketing and Financial Aid at the Lauder Institute, Kara Keenan Sweeney, to discuss our unique Master’s of International Studies joint degree programs with The Wharton School and with Penn Law. To listen to the full interview and learn more about our admissions process, click ...Read More

Martine Haas on the Challenges of Hybrid Work (Harvard Business Review)

HBR Article

Lauder Institute Director, Martine Haas, has published a new article in the Harvard Business Review about the challenges organizations face with hybrid work and how to overcome them. Summary: Hybrid working arrangements can be daunting for those about to adopt them and challenging for those who already have. But the good news is that we’re learning ...Read More