To think of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a program that excels only in churning out investment bankers and management consultants would be a mistake. In fact, Wharton boasts a truly international program, ranked #2 in this area in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report MBA specialty rankings.
A full 37% of the school’s class of 2014 is made up of international students representing 71 countries, and more than 21.5% of the school’s 2012 graduates took jobs outside the United States. Students who wish to study international business at Wharton have no shortage of options for doing so, including the following:
- Between 100 and 150 Wharton students study at a partner school each year. One popular option is to leverage Wharton’s alliance with INSEAD by taking classes at one of that program’s campuses in Fontainebleau, France or Singapore. Alternatively, students can choose a semester-long international exchange program option at one of 17 partner schools in 15 different countries.
- Students who wish to pursue a dual degree in business and international studies can combine a Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, a 24-month intensive program designed for those who seek to conduct high-level business in a country outside the United States. This program has been described by Bloomberg Businessweek as “arguably the single best global management experience anywhere.”
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