Management and Business Economics
Management and business economics students are ideal candidates for study abroad in several ways. There are several core opportunities that MBE students can seize while abroad:
- Tackle courses to fulfill the three MGMT course electives. These are very flexible.
- Seize internship opportunities. Nothing suggests real-world experience like real-world experience in another part of the world.
- Look to substitute corporate finance, microeconomics, or macroeconomics abroad.
- Take advantage of general education requirements. These include a total of 60 upper-division units and 16 SSHA-area upper-division units outside the MBE major.
MBE students should also know that, when browsing UCEAP programs, UCEAP does not use management or management and business economics as subject areas. Programs with MBE courses at the upper-division level often require a 2.85 GPA or higher (talk to your advisor if there is a good reason why your GPA is lower); students below a 2.85 are encouraged to seek internships or knock out general education requirements. Instead, you may find most of the relevant courses listed as business administration and/or economics.
Here are suggested programs for different students:
These programs are ideally for students with a solid background in economics (usually micro- and macroeconomics, perhaps econometrics) and calculus ('B' performance or better). These programs may have higher GPA requirements (e.g. 3.0, 3.2, 3.5).
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
The alma mater of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and ranked 4th in economics and 9th in business & management worldwide in 2015, the London School of Economics and Political Science is a great addition to any résumé and a wonderful experience. Find courses across micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance among others.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Ranked #23 in economics in 2015 and ranked among best new universities, Pompeu Fabra is a great opportunity to take management, business, and economics courses in English in Spain. Take advantage of courses like micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, and marketing among others. Students with Spanish 4, Spanish 11, the equivalent, or higher will be eligible to take advantage of internship opportunities as well. On the quarter system, UC Merced students can tackle extra courses over winter and spring terms.
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Ranked the #2 institution for business & management in Continental Europe, #7 worldwide, and #17 world wide in economics, Luigi Bocconi is a great university is the economic (and fashion) heart of Italy with an expanding curriculum of coursework in English after taking a quick intensive course of basic Italian. Take advantage of courses in marketing, corporate finance, and specialty areas like international business, business law, and fashion business.
These programs are a good fit for MBE students who have reached the upper-division level in their major and ideal students are typically juniors and seniors. Many have completed an upper-division course or two in the major. GPA requirements for these programs fall in the 2.85-3.0 range.
Univ. of Warwick
The Univ. of Warwick enjoys a #26 worldwide ranking in business & management and #29 in economics in 2015. It also has coursework in a number of target areas for UC Merced students: micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance.
Special note: For the Univ. of Warwick, you will need to apply to the "English Universities" program and rank the Univ. of Warwick as your top choice.
Univ. of Melbourne
In the heart of Australia's biggest "college town," Univ. of Melbourne holds a #15 2015 worldwide ranking in business & management and #24 in economics. Students should find coursework in econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance among other areas.
Special note: For the Univ. of Melbourne, you will need to apply to the "Australian Universities" program and rank the Univ. of Melbourne as your top choice.
Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology
With a #18 2015 ranking in business & economics (and #2 in Asia) and #30 ranking in economics, HKUST is a great location for students to tackle micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, and marketing among other courses, completely in English.
In the capital of one of the most technologically advanced societies in the world, Yonsei holds a #48 2015 worldwide ranking in business & management and top 100 ranking in economics. Find micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance courses in English.
Seated in mainland China's economic capital, Shanghai, Fudan Univ. is a great new university with coursework in English and offerings in microeconomics, econometrics, marketing, corporate finances, and elective areas. With top 100 2015 rankings in economics and business & management, Fudan Univ. could be a great fit.
These programs may be good alternatives for students who cannot meet 3.0+ GPA requirements for many of the programs above but still take advantage of great programs.
Thammasat Univ. presents one of the least expensive study abroad options with great course options in English in micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, and marketing with internship opportunities.
International Summer School, Yonsei Univ.
Yonsei Univ. offers one of the most popular summer study abroad programs with UCEAP. Take courses in English in micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance, and great internship options. Korea also boasts one of the cheapest summer abroad options through UCEAP.
Univ. of Copenhagen
The Univ. of Copenhagen teaches courses in English and offers courses in areas like marketing, corporate finance, microeconomics, and others. Copenhagen also boasts optional internship opportunities.
These are either internship-focused programs or programs often with SSHA-area coursework with internships attached (either optionally or required).
Rome Through the Ages (Fall) & Art, Food and Society (Spring); UC Center Rome
UC Center Rome offers a pair of programs with some Italian and other SSHA-area coursework in English. The program boasts a large volume of internship openings for UC students typically in business-oriented, non-governmental, and educational organizations.
Semester in Mumbai with Internship
Mumbai offers a unique opportunity to understand India—its complexities and richness, challenges and traditions, its current and potential contributions to our world—and then serve alongside those who are working toward India's future. The program includes a ten-week internship. Internship assignments correspond to student academic and career interests, whether in education, poverty reduction, energy, media or the environment. Examples of previous placements include housing and community development, health services, education, women’s and children's rights, sustainable design, and arts therapy.
Israel Institute of Technology, Technion/Neubauer
Dubbed the Silicon Valley of the Middle East, Haifa sits in the economic hotspot of Israel, also known as the "Startup Nation." Professional internships will target business, marketing, and occasionally overlap with engineering and the biomedical field.
Arts, Politics, Society & Space, UC Center London
Similar to the UC Center Rome programs, UC Center London focuses on SSHA-area coursework with option internship opportunities in London, the economic and political capital of the United Kingdom. Internship opportunities include marketing and public relations, business administration, event management, even museum studies.
International Christian Univ. with Internship
At ICU, students take a regular spring term of courses available in English followed by a four-week internship in an area like marketing or ag business or a less business-oriented field like education or community development.
|1||London Business School, UK|
|2||Harvard Univ., USA|
|4||Stanford Univ., USA|
|5||Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA|
|6||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA|
|7||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy|
|8||Univ. of Oxford, UK|
|9||London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): summer, year|
|10||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|11||National Univ. of Singapore|
|12||Univ. of California, Berkeley, USA|
|13||Univ. of Cambridge, UK|
|13||HEC Paris School of Management, France|
|15||Univ. of Melbourne, Australia|
|16||Univ. of Chicago, USA|
|17||Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Univ., Netherlands|
|18||Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology|
|19||Univ. of New South Wales, Australia|
|19||New York Univ., USA|
|21||Columbia Univ., USA|
|22||Univ. of California, Los Angeles, USA|
|23||Univ. of Michigan, USA|
|24||Univ. of Hong Kong|
|25||Northwestern Univ., USA|
|26||Univ. of Warwick, UK|
|26||Yale Univ., USA|
|28||Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong|
|29||La Salle Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain|
|30||Univ. of Manchester, UK|
|31||Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore (NTU)|
|32||Univ. of Sydney, Australia|
|33||Seoul National Univ., Korea|
|34||Univ. of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland|
|35||Imperial College London, UK|
|36||Australian National Univ.|
|36||McGill Univ., Canada|
|36||WU (Vienna Univ. of Economics and Business), Austria|
|39||Monash Univ, Australia|
|39||Duke Univ., USA|
|39||Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden|
|39||Univ. of Texas at Austin, USA|
|43||Peking Univ., China|
|43||Univ. of Toronto, Canada|
|46||Univ. of Auckland|
|46||City Univ. of Hong Kong|
|48||Univ. of Queensland, Australia|
|48||Yonsei Univ., Korea|