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Your Guide to S18 DBi Courses

By MBA Experiential Learning and International Programs

We know that life at Stern can be a whirlwind. With a limited amount of time to squeeze in as many classes and activities as the semesters will hold, where can a global business experience fit in?

Here in the Office of Student Engagement, the MBA International Programs team has over 50 international partner schools in 29+ countries around the world. Studying abroad with one of these schools is a great way to immerse yourself in a new country, business context, and/or language. But for those students looking for exposure to different cultural contexts in a short-term dose, our Doing Business in… programs can help.

Doing Business in… (DBi) programs are one week (1.5 credits) or two week (3.0 credits) courses that take place outside of the semester timeframe in January, May, or over spring break.

Through taking DBi courses, students can strengthen skills in a rapidly expanding global economy, gain valuable international experience, and develop new perspectives on business practices in different cultures. Another added bonus? Meeting new Stern classmates, from both the full-time and Langone programs, that lead to networking opportunities and friendships that last long after students return to New York.

Spring 2018 DBi Courses

Some of our DBis still have space available for the spring! Interested students can add themselves to classes in AIS, or contact our team for more information.

DBi Morocco & North Africa
1.5 credits

Students travel to Casablanca and Marrakesh to study how business works in the fast-growing Moroccan and North African markets with ESCA Business School. Past groups enjoyed corporate visits to Lesieur Cristal, HPS and IBM; and cultural trips to the Jardin Majorelle and the Hassan II Mosque.

DBi Argentina
1.5 credits

Students on DBi Argentina have the chance to explore global business opportunities and challenges in the context of Latin America and the world economy. Faculty from the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires discuss Argentinean culture and economic history, plus the economics of emerging markets.

DBi Germany
1.5 credits

Germany has grown to be the strongest national economy in the European Union, as well as an innovator in the fields of manufacturing, engineering, and chemicals. Students on DBi Germany join HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Berlin for interactive lectures focused on the peculiarities of doing business in Europe.

DBi Italy: Luxury Retail & Branding
1.5 credits

DBi Italy introduces students to the European high fashion and luxury industries. Students explore the fashion capital of Milan with faculty from SDA Bocconi University, for an in-depth look into the high-end retail market in Italy and worldwide.

*Students may apply this course toward Stern’s Marketing or Luxury Marketing specialization.

DBi China (Beijing & Shanghai)
3 credits

Students on DBi China (Beijing and Shanghai) are introduced to business practices in one of the largest economies in the world. Faculty at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University explore China’s phenomenal economic growth and future projections, the uniqueness of the Chinese market, and business opportunities for domestic and international companies.


1.5 Credit Course = 1 Week Duration = $1,550 Program Fee
3 Credit Course = 2 Week Duration = $2,650 Program Fee
*Program Fee due to Bursar upon enrollment in course

For DBi course registration, January courses are considered part of the Fall term, and March and May/June courses are considered part of the Spring term. January and May/June courses are not included in the semester course maximum – meaning that full-time students can take 15 credits and Langone students can take 9 credits plus the DBi with no need for a credit overload or acceleration!

Students enrolled in a DBi class also have the option of a lighter course load in the Fall or Spring semester – or to take the DBi with Stern’s Free Course policy. And students are eligible to register for a DBi in the same semester in which they are registered to complete the Full-Time or Langone Stern Core requirements (not including Professional Responsibility and Langone Core).

If you have questions about a DBi course or the registration process, you can contact the MBA International Programs team at 212-998-0771 or


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