Beyond the MBA Classroom: Chazen Trips at Columbia

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Columbia Business School does not organize any pre-term trips for students like Kellogg and Chicago Booth do, for example, but students do have the opportunity to take part in international trips that combine business and social aspects. The Chazen Institute administers these trips, which are usually subsidized by the institute’s endowment. Past destinations for Chazen trips have included Korea, China, Brazil, Australia and—according to students with whom we spoke—the most popular destination, India. The trips, which are typically organized by students from the destination country, generally last one or two weeks (depending on the time of year) and involve about 30 students and a faculty member. The agenda usually combines meeting with influential business and/or government leaders in that country, visiting cultural sites and engaging in a healthy dose of social activity.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at CBS and 13 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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