International Opportunities for UC MBA Students

There are three opportunities to gain international experience in 2023!

1) UC MBA Study Tour 2023 - Singapore

Singapore skyline

We are excited to announce that the UC MBA Study Tour will take place in Term 2 2023 for the first time since 2017. This time we are heading to Singapore!

The Study Tour will give you an opportunity to learn about business in an international context. You will observe differences in business practices and solutions in New Zealand and Singapore, reflect on what is behind those differences, and learn best practice. While the theme of the Study Tour course may vary from year to year, our 2023 course will focus on supply chains, in particular the juxtaposition of supply chains, strategy, and technology. At the conclusion of the course, you will design a supply chain strategy for a client, either from New Zealand or Singapore, depending on the interest of the firms we end up collaborating with.

During our trip to Singapore, we will visit a number of businesses in the supply chain ecosystem. We are currently in discussions with the NZTE and the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore to arrange a visit to hear about their observations of the supply chain challenges and the opportunities that exist for New Zealand firms. 

Eligibility: By approval of the MBA Director. Normally, students would be at least one year into the MBA programme with at least a B+ GPA at the end of Term 1 2023. Selections will be made based on GPA and personal statement.

The study tour course is also open to MBA alumni. Applications will open in Term 1 2023.

Dates: Term 2 2023; includes approximately one week trip to Singapore in July-August as well as pre-tour business visits in Christchurch and other pre and post-tour classes.  

Assessments: Working in groups, students will develop a supply chain strategy (50%) as well as a presentation of the strategy (20%). Students will also be asked to keep an individual reflective journal (30%) throughout the course.

Points: 10 points.

Costs: On top of your course fee, the study tour will incur additional costs of travel, accommodation, insurance and food. Costs will be confirmed once we have finalised the dates and details for the trip.

We will update the details here as they are confirmed!

2) Aalto University Digital Business Master Class (Espo, Finland)

Aalto University

Digital Business Master Class (47E00100) is an interactive and fast-paced graduate-level course focusing on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. You will learn how companies transform their processes and systems by implementing digital technologies. 

Concepts covered include platforms and ecosystems, business design thinking, data-driven marketing, strategic management of technological innovation, data-intensive business and AI ethics.  You will work on company projects in international and multidisciplinary teams, in collaboration with partner companies. In addition to intensive lecture weeks, the course includes independent pre- and post-work periods. 

Eligibility: Currently enrolled as an MBA student, with at least B+ (6.0) GPA and has not already completed MBAM601 - Digital Transformation. UC nominations will be made based on GPA and personal statement, and Aalto University will make the final selections.

Dates: 6 -17 March 2023. 2024 dates TBC.

Points: 15 points (note: requires you to submit a 3-point assignment at UC on top of the Aalto assessments to lift the credit from 12 to 15.) Restricted against MBAM601 - Digital Transformation.


The below costs are based on the 2023 intake and are indicative only for 2024.

  • Standard UC MBA tuition fee for a 15-point MBA course ($3,169), 
  • €250 Aalto programme fee
  • €320 - €410 for single-occupancy housing for two weeks, and additional costs for meals, transport to/from/within destination, and travel expenses. (Note: the tuition fee of €1600 is waived due to our exchange agreement)

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Applications for 2024 will open in Term 3 2023. 

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3) WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management MBA European Summer Programme
“The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe.”

WHU University

The WHU MBA European Summer Programme comprises of a two-week course on ‘The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe’ on the attractive campus in Vallendar, located just outside of Koblenz in the valley of the Rhine River.

The programme is designed for MBA students of WHU's partner schools in their second year who are interested in International Business, Finance, and Corporate Strategy. As an alternative to an exchange semester, the programme offers a targeted and compact insight into international business in Europe. It offers a well-balanced combination of lectures, group work, company visits, and cultural experiences. 

Dates: 2024 dates TBC.

  • Session 1: 9 - 23 May 2023
  • Session 2: 14 - 26 May 2023.

Points: 10 points. This course can be used as the MBA 10-point elective


The below costs are based on the 2023 intake and are indicative only for 2024.

  • Standard UC MBA tuition fee for a 10-point MBA course ($2,104.00),
  • €489 WHU base fee (covers course materials; group transfer service to/from airport; welcome reception and farewell dinner; lunches; company visits and social excursions; local bus ticket; 24-hour gym access; on campus wi-fi and library Access), 
  • €350 - €425 for single-occupancy housing for two weeks and the cost of flights. (Note: the tuition fee of €3,455 is waived due to our exchange agreement.)

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Applications for 2024 will open in Term 3 2023. 

More information:


For more information on these options, contact Laura Meriluoto, the MBA Internationalisation Lead:

Laura Meriluoto

MBA Internationalisation Lead
Meremere 427A
Internal Phone: 93792