Gaining a global perspective on business goes beyond studying overseas. Here are some ways to expand your international outlook while you’re on campus:
Become A Ross Global Ambassador
Each semester, Ross Global Initiatives hosts exchange students from all over the world. These students are often concerned about making friends and adjusting to life at U-M. As a Global Ambassador, you will be matched with an incoming exchange student and asked to help him or her feel included in the Ross community. By doing this, you broaden your international perspective, learn about another culture, and gain valuable interpersonal skills that can be marketed on your resume.
GAs will be asked to reach out to their exchange student partners via e-mail before they arrive in Ann Arbor in order to make them feel welcome. Opportunities include: offering advice on housing, Ann Arbor, and the University of Michigan; greeting students when they arrive; assisting with their initial needs such as shopping for groceries, books, etc.; helping them meet other U-M students; taking the time to get to know about each other's culture, home country, and home school; and participating in a few welcome events. Students can choose to be a GA for one semester or for the full academic year.
If you are interested in becoming a Ross Global Ambassador, complete the Global Ambassador Program Application. Please note that applications are only collected at certain times of the year. If the application is not currently available, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take International Business Courses
The Ross MBA curriculum offers numerous ways to integrate international perspectives and experiences into your education. You will be exposed to global issues inside and outside the classroom through the core courses. Ross faculty members incorporate international cases and perspectives from their own extensive international experiences and research into their courses.
In addition, numerous elective courses focus specifically on international business issues. A few examples are International Marketing Management, MKT 615; Business in Asia, STRAT 584; Topics in Global Sustainable Enterprise, STRAT 735; Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid, BA 612; and International Financial Management, FIN 612 & 614.
You can also participate in the International Business Immersion BA 685 course, which enables you to travel and conduct action-based, team projects. To request an application or learn more about the course, e-mail BA685@umich.edu
Finally, our world-renowned MAP program sends approximately half of our Ross MBA students on projects outside of the U.S. each year.
You also have the opportunity to tailor your curriculum by taking courses through other top-ranked graduate and professional schools at the University of Michigan, by pursuing language study for credit toward the MBA degree, or by pursuing a dual degree with one of more than twenty programs across campus.
Contact the MBA academic advisors group at RossGradAcadAdvising@umich.edu to plan your studies.
Study Another Language
Language skills help you communicate and collaborate in an increasingly interconnected world. Studying another language also opens up possibilities, perspectives, and ideas unavailable in your native language. For business students in particular, learning a second language can set you apart in the competitive global business market.
We strongly encourage you to learn another language or even two. We suggest planning ahead with an academic advisor.
The Language Resource Center supports faculty, staff, and students involved in the study of languages, literatures, and cultures at the University of Michigan. The LRC has a media library and diverse resources for students, faculty, and staff who wish to learn about a particular language or culture independently and outside of the classroom.
The University of Michigan School of Literature, Science, & the Arts (LSA) offers coursework in more than 65 languages, from Armenian to Yiddish, any of which has the potential to be a significant asset in the global business environment.
Participate in intensive summer language courses in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Join a Ross International Organization
Ross offers many opportunities to get involved in student organizations outside your daily coursework. Below are some different options we recommend to broaden your worldview and internationalize your time here on campus. For more, check out the Clubs and Organizations page.
Ross International Club
Ross International Club fosters cross-cultural connections among Ross students while contributing to efforts that enable Ross MBAs develop a wider global view. Club members are dedicated to promoting interactions that build cross-cultural friendships among international and domestic students. Club members have leadership roles in activities including Ross Conversation Circles, the Cross-Cultural Meet & Eat small dinner program, the “Taste of Ross,” and other opportunities that enable students to share their international experiences and professional goals.
Ross Conversation Circles
Ross Conversation Circles are for MBA students who want to develop their conversational language skills to succeed with global clients and organizations. Circles in conversational English, Mandarin, and Spanish are available. Each Circle consists of six members who meet for 75 minutes each week (except during exams and breaks) to talk about all kinds of topics.
Cross-Cultural Meet & Eat
Cross-Cultural Meet & Eat is a small dinner program directed by Ross International Club members, who also serve as hosts. MBAs who don't know each other and who come from different cultures are invited. Dinner conversations cover everything from personal dreams and hobbies, to professional topics, like career goals, cultural differences, and issues of global management.
Taste of Ross
The Taste of Ross is a food fair directed by the Ross Student Association assisted by various country clubs and the Ross International Club. It’s an opportunity for students to try foods, see dances, and play games from around the world.
Join a Campus-Wide International Club
For a list of other student organizations to become involved in as they relate to international or business studies, visit the Maize Pages for all campus-wide student organizations.