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 2016


March 21-25, 2016 (Spring Break) - Instructor: Flavio Feferman

South Africa

March 21-25, 2016 (Spring Break) - Instructor: Mark Rittenberg

Summer 2016


TBD - Instructor: Jon Metzler

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

2016 SIB Sign-up Process (Spring Trips)

Tue Oct 13

International Opportunities Info Session (Presentation Slides)

Wells Fargo
Mon Oct 19 SIB Sign-Ups Open (9AM) OLR
Wed Oct 21 SIB Sign-Ups Closed (6PM) OLR
Fri Oct 23 SIB Registration Notifications Sent via Email
Fri Nov 6 Flight & Passports Due to Reserve Spot via Email
Fri Dec 4 Registration on Travel Vendor Portal Due via Website
Fri Dec 4 Register for UC Travel Insurance Due via Website


Selection & Structure

Participation in this course is restricted to Evening & Weekend students enrolled at Haas. Due to Core Course scheduling, only Summer trips are 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 fees and 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. Double 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 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