In 2012, students traveled to London to study the European debt crisis. They met with the CEO of Raytheon, the editor-in-chief of The Economist and other experts.
Traveling abroad during an online MBA program may be a time and financial investment for students, but school officials say the experience is well worth it.
"Obviously the experience is amazing," says Shawnna Pomeroy, director of academic affairs at ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business. "Nobody ever comes back to me and says, 'I wish I had just taken another marketing class online.'"
Visiting another country is not only a fun experience, but one that can strengthen a resume, school officials say. In today's global marketplace, they say there is an expectation that students have exposure to international business and other cultures.
"We want our students to be competitive in the work place," says Philip Powell, faculty chairman of Indiana University's online MBA program. "If our students can come back with this on their resume, they can leapfrog in terms of their promotion."
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Sellers, who runs her own apparel business, optimisticstyle.com, in addition to her regular job with the federal General Services Administration, says her trip to Thailand gave her a better understanding of the need to work with ethical suppliers and how to buy in bulk to improve her bottom line.
"If you don't really look at the global aspect of business you really miss out," says Sellers, who graduated in May 2013. "Down the supply chain, working with other countries is so important."
Traveling abroad can also provide online students with a unique opportunity they wouldn't have otherwise: the chance to spend some quality face-to-face time with their classmates and professors.
"Students are really building these friendship bonds that are really incredible to see," says Shawnice Meador, director of career management and leadership development at MBA@UNC. "You might not expect to see that in an online program."
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Corrected 8/13/13: A previous version of this article misstated details about the online MBA program at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.