Global Business Experiences

Global Business Experiences (GBEs) are intensive, 3-credit education abroad experiences offered during semester breaks. These courses are open exclusively to graduate students, who can use these courses as electives toward their graduate degree at Bentley. On these programs, a Bentley professor takes his/her students on an immersive learning experience in a region of the world where the professor has expertise. GBE programs offer students the opportunity to combine cultural activities with business, NGO, or other relevant site visits. Students have the advantage of meeting contacts at overseas organizations they would not likely encounter as a tourist, all while getting to travel with other Bentley students in their class.

Because GBEs take place during the January break, Spring break, or in May after exams, graduate students are able to study abroad without being gone from Bentley for an entire semester and without missing any of their core course requirements.

Use the left-hand menu to see a list of this year's GBE programs.*

*Bentley's 2015 program offerings will be announced in August 2014.

Application Information

Application links are available on each program page. Applicants will be asked to submit a letter of intent, and will also be instructed to make a $500 non-refundable deposit. The deposit guarantees that if accepted, the applicant is committed to enrolling in the course and participating in the program. If for some reason we are unable to run the course, or if an applicant is not accepted into the program, the deposit will be refunded.

Who can apply for a GBE program?
Our programs are offered to all graduate students. Students should see the faculty leader of each course for details on requirements. Students should also speak with their advisor in the graduate school to determine how each GBE will count towards degree requirements.

Financial Information

Costs vary by program type; please see the course budget sheet for individual program fees. All GBEs include 3-credit tuition in the advertised price. Additional financial information, including the refund/withdrawal policy for faculty-led programs, is available on our Finances page. Please contact the Office of International Education with questions.

The costs of a GBE are not included in the determination of Bentley need-based or merit-based aid.  However, it may be possible to obtain loans for these costs.  Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance and speak with a financial aid counselor to discuss these options.