Friday Factoid: Wharton Means International Business?

To think of Wharton 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 #3 in this area in the U.S. News & World Report MBA Ranking by Specialty in 2011.

A full 36% of the school’s 2012 incoming class is made up of international students, and almost 23% of 2009 graduates took jobs outside the United States. Students who wish to study international business at Wharton have no shortage of options, 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 in Singapore. Alternatively, students can choose from any of 17 semester-long international exchange program options at 14 partner schools in 153 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 BusinessWeek as “arguably the single best global management experience anywhere.”

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