Boston University offers field seminars that allow Questrom students to travel around the world for 1-2 weeks to business in a variety of industries. There are a variety of locations to choose from, including Asia, India, Latin America, Europe, and Silicon Valley.
These field seminars are essentially 3-credit elective courses, similar to intensives. There is an additional cost to cover housing and accommodations and students are responsible for airfare and incidentals. If you are interested, be sure to keep your eye out for emails disclosing when info sessions are and when applications are being accepted. (Upcoming info sessions listed at the end of this post.) They are first come, first served, so be sure to apply early if you want to guarantee your spot in the program.
Also, be sure that you meet the prerequisite credit requirement for the program. If you are not sure about whether or not these programs are right for you, contact the professor teaching the course to learn more and get some advice.
While I cannot speak to the international field seminars, the IS855 Digital Transformation course in Silicon Valley, California, was an amazing experience. With a mix of class time and site visits, the professor guides the students in their learning of the significance of digital innovation in the success of an organization and the unique culture found in the Valley. Students are encouraged to develop their own point of view throughout the 5-day course. Examples of companies you may visit include Google (of course), Ericsson, GE, IBM Bluemix Garage, Salesforce, and the Stanford D School.
Additionally, the program allows you to meet and network with a variety of people. You can talk with some of the most amazing innovators at successful companies, and dalso get to know those who are part of the Questrom community, including full-time students, part-time students, and alumni. This is especially helpful for anyone who plans to move to the area after graduation.
In addition to an invaluable experience and learning opportunity, you may even foster some new friendships. If you plan on taking an intensive course anyways, you may want to consider this learning experience in warm and sunny California. If anything, you can take a break from the brutal Boston winter.
List of Upcoming Field Seminar Info Sessions:
- SI868 International Consulting Project (Fall 2017 Course with Beijing Site Visit Jan 2018)
- IM853 India Field Seminar