Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

Seminars in International Business

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 2015 South Africa Mar 21 - Mar 28
Summer 2015 Netherlands Jun 7 - Jun 13
  Japan Jun 14 - Jun 20
Spring 2016 To be announced  
Summer 2016 To be announced  

*All trips are tentative and subject to faculty confirmation, academic scheduling, and UC risk management approval.

2015 SIB Sign-up Process (Summer Trips)

Sign-ups are conducted through the Haas On-Line Registration (OLR) system. Below is a tentative timeline for the sign-up process:

Week of Feb 23 or Mar 2 Informational Webinar (recording will be available)
Monday, Mar 2 SIB Sign-Up Process open in OLR, 9AM
Thursday, Mar 5 SIB Sign-Up Process closes in OLR, 9AM *UPDATED*
Friday, Mar 6 Initial SIB Participants notified
Friday, Mar 20 Deadline for notifed SIB participants to confirm

*A waitlist will be generated for individuals not selected in the initial notification on Mar 6. As spots become available, they will be released to the waitlist based on selection priority indicated below. Waitlist participants will have the same Mar 20 deadline to confirm unless spots are still available after Mar 20, in which waitlist participants will have 3 business days to confirm their participation. See the information sheets for each country to determine the necessary documents needed to confirm your spot in the trip.

Selection & Structure

Participation in this course is restricted to Evening & Weekend students enrolled at Haas. Starting in 2015, Summer trips will be open to first-year students. Selection is based on seniority and randomized within the class. Please check your availability for the trips prior to signing up as any changes after selection may result in a bid penalty and may adversly affect trip planning and rosters.

We highly recommend students to attend the faculty information session to learn about the trip. If you are unable to attend, powerpoint slides will be provided. You can also reach out to the faculty for more information. SIB sign-ups will occur during a 3-day period on OLR. You must indicate your interest on OLR to be considered for an SIB trip. Please note, that you can take SIB only once during your time at Haas.

Each course is a combination of pre-sessions (1-3 sessions) at Haas, a one week study tour of the regions of interest, and a post-session. Students can also expect to 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). 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. In addition, although it is possible that some meals will be provided, students must 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.

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. Participants are advised to check with the Centers for Disease Control and with the US State Department for information on health and safety issues respectively. See also the useful international web sites page for further research on countries and their respective health and safety record.

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

Each participant must register themselves with the Office or Risk Services at least 30 days prior to travel here: The university policy covers students for emergency medical evacuation to the USA, and this is a prerequisite for partaking in a Seminar in International Business. Evidence of registration must be provided to the course instructor in advance of the program departure.

The Centers for Disease Control Travel Section provides a wealth of information on travelers' health.

EWMBA SIB students in China, Summer 2012