I wanted to talk a little about my Booth experience as an international exchange student. I’m originally from El Salvador, coming to Chicago Booth from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. I’ve worked in several Latin American countries and I spent my summer internship in Barcelona, so I’m writing about both academic and cultural perspectives. As opposed to Booth, IESE is a case method school (much like Harvard) and each method has its pros and cons, but this blog is not about comparing. It’s about my experience at Booth as an outsider.
Boothies tend to travel quite a bit. Between long weekend trips to Cuba or Paris, Spring Break in Israel (aptly named BoothRight), Ski Trips to Canada and Colorado, Random Walks to Brazil, Japan, Costa Rica, Peru, Russia, South Africa…. and pretty much everywhere else, Boothies are a globally adventurous and travel-hungry crew!
But for some who want a truly immersive global experience, there is the ultimate Booth travel opportunity – study abroad!
As I mentioned in my last post, I am doing an exchange during my winter quarter at IESE Business School in Barcelona. At IESE, each semester of the 2nd year starts with an optional 2 week intensive immersion program before the semester actually begins. This semester three immersion programs were offered: Nairobi, Shanghai and Barcelona. (Note to reader, I had no idea this was offered when I decided to go to IESE.) I’d heard so much about Nairobi and its thriving entrepreneurial scene. I’m really interested in the economic development in the frontier markets of Africa, so going to explore Nairobi was a no brainer.
Chicago Booth participates in The International Business Exchange Program (IBEP) which provides Booth students with the opportunity to study abroad at one of 33 partner schools in 21 countries around the world. The exchange partners are all top business, management, or economic schools situated in important global markets. IBEP is a perfect option for students interested in gaining experience in another culture, studying business issues from another perspective, and building a global network. Booth is one of the few U.S. top business schools that participate in the program. You can even choose to take your coursework in English or in the native language of the institution. Continue reading IBEP what?