Students from UNC-Chapel Hill, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Copenhagen Business School on course in the Blue Ridge Mountains with North Carolina Outward Bound in fall 2019.
Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education (GLOBE) is a flagship international exchange program that provides a unique and enriching experience for select undergraduate students at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
GLOBE is an exchange collaboration among three premier universities: Copenhagen Business School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and UNC Kenan-Flagler. Eighteen students from each university are chosen during their sophomore years through highly competitive application processes at their home institutions. These talented individuals come together as a cohort in Chapel Hill during the fall of their junior year for the first of three semesters living and learning on three continents.
Spending a semester at each university allows the GLOBE students to work closely with classmates from different backgrounds while experiencing an integrated business curriculum taught by faculty and business leaders from around the world. GLOBE students in each cohort gain valuable skills that help them adapt, succeed and remain resilient in unfamiliar circumstances. It is no wonder the 750-plus GLOBE program alumni have been sought out by employers around the globe for over 15 years.
“The GLOBE program gave me a life-changing opportunity to live, study, work and make friends in countries where I did not speak the language or understand the culture,” shared Yusheng Zhang ’19, an alumnus of the program. “As a direct result of GLOBE, I have taken a more entrepreneurial approach to my career and have taken part in exciting collaborations between the public and private sectors globally.”
The Carolina community significantly benefits, too. GLOBE brings 36 students from Denmark and Hong Kong to Chapel Hill each year. Carolina students and faculty gain a global experience at home by engaging and interacting with the incoming exchange students in the classroom and around campus.
“Before even going abroad, GLOBE has already allowed me to build such strong relationships with unique people from all over the world,” said GLOBE scholar Livia Gobbi ’21. “The connections I make and lessons I learn abroad will further enhance my experience, too. I know I’ll look back on my time at Carolina and be happy I pushed myself to try new things and grow.”