Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

Seminars in International Business (2 units)

Seminars in International Business ("SIB") are designed to introduce EWMBA student participants to the culture, history and business environment in various countries. Each SIB program focuses on a country or combination of countries that will illustrate how business environments vary across cultures. These programs do not focus on specific industries. Rather, by examining a variety of companies and industries, the goal is to develop a broader perspective of how business is conducted in a particular region of the world.

Upcoming SIB Trips

Spring 2018 (travel over spring break)

China Fact Sheet (Beijing & Shanghai) (NOTE: updated 10/10/17)

Instructor: Arman Zand

South Africa Fact Sheet (Johannesburg & Cape Town)

Instructor: Mark Rittenberg

2018 SIB Sign-up Process (Spring Trips)

See Registration Timeline.


Summer 2018

Brazil Fact Sheet (Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro)

Instructor: Flavio Feferman

2018 SIB Sign-up Process and Dates

See Summer Sign-Up process.


Selection & Structure

Participation in this course is restricted to Evening & Weekend students enrolled at Haas. Due to Core Course scheduling, only Summer SIB trips are open to first-year students. Selection is based on seniority and then randomized within the class. Please check your availability for the trips prior to signing up as any changes after selection may result in fees and adversly affect trip planning and rosters. Please note: you can take either SIB or Applied Design Thinking (ADT) once during your time at Haas.

We recommend that students reach out to faculty for more information about each specific class/trip. Each course is a combination of 2-3 pre-sessions at Haas, a one-week study tour of the region, followed by a post-session at Haas. Students also complete a project, which will be determined by the faculty leader.


All participating students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to/from the program location(s) and obtaining and paying for any required visas. In most cases in-country travel such as transportation to/from the business meetings, and transportation between different cities on the program's itinerary, will be covered by Haas. Double-occupancy hotel accomodations are included in the cost. If available, students may pay a supplmental fee for a single room during the duration of the trip and/or additional pre-/post-nights at the hotel. Although it is possible that some meals will be provided, students should expect to pay for their own meals and all incidentals while traveling with the program. The EWMBA Program Office works closely with travel providers to provide the best experience possible.

Students are required to be in-country for all instructional days and actively participate in the program per the itinerary (see dates/times on the Fact Sheet above). Students who wish to spend additional time in-country are encouraged to do so either before or after the mandatory programing and instructional days.

Health & Safety Issues

Travel overseas, especially to developing countries and emerging markets, may expose participants to health and other risks different from those that they face at home. Although we will do our best to make participants aware of such risks and will make efforts to minimize risks, the ultimate responsibility lies with the participant. Students are advised to check with the Centers for Disease Control and the US State Department for information on health and safety issues.

Each participant must obtain, at their own expense, any vaccinations, inoculations or other medications considered appropriate for a prudent traveler to the destination(s).

Each participant must register themselves and obtain a free trip insurance policy with the University of California's Office of Risk Services at least 30 days prior to travel here: This policy covers students for emergency medical evacuation to the United States. This is a requirement for participating in Applied Design Thinking. Evidence of registration must be provided to the EWMBA Program Office in advance of the program departure.

EWMBA SIB students in South Africa, Spring 2017