The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with the opportunity to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in core courses of the MBA (Global) program and gain deeper confidence in operating in different environments. In this course, students will undertake educational activities at an overseas university, and also engage in a range of other activities designed to require engagement in and increased understanding of the social, political, cultural and business practices of another country.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Winter - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Synthesise an enhanced appreciation of cultural perspectives other than their own

2. Apply knowledge and insights gained only through an overseas study experience

3. Communicate orally and in writing with confidence about cultural differences and similarities

4. Use visual/pictorial and journal writing techniques to record and reflect on their overseas study experience

5. Critically analyse the differential effects of the forces of globalisation in different contexts and/or countries, based on direct experience


Before commencing the off-shore activity, students will participate in seminars covering course requirements, assessment processes, career development and planning, cultural awareness, and health and safety. Students must also submit and have approved their pre-trip plan.

During the overseas tour component of the course, students will undertake formal learning through organised lectures, seminars, workshops, and/or conferences, and well as informal and/or experiential learning through tours, cultural activities, group discussion and debriefing with course co-ordinator.

On their return, students will attend a final debriefing seminar and make a presentation on their experiences.

Pre-tour and post-tour activities will be the same for all study tours. However, the components of any specific tour will vary by country, host institution/s, and the disciplinary expertise of the course co-ordinator.  A course outline will be provided to students at the beginning of Week 1 of the teaching term outlining the proposed study tour activities. These activities will be subject to change if required.


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 30 units of GMBA courses including GMBA6001 and be active in the Master of Business Administration (Global) program (40160).

Successful completion of 30 units of GMBA courses (GSBS6001 and 20 units of other GMBA courses).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Pre-Trip Plan *

Presentation: Post Trip Oral/Visual Presentation

Journal: Reflective Journal

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all of these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must attend the compulsory seminars prior to and at the conclusion of their tour.
  • Field Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - Students must complete the induction requirement.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must complete and submit this assessment item before traveling overseas.