Darden has taken students all over the world through its Global Immersion Course program. Locations are selected based on relevance, topicality, and current political conditions. Although not being offered this year, faculty-led trips to the following countries have been options in recent years.BahrainThe Challenge of Competing in the Modern Economy and Preserving the Traditions of the PastFaculty Leader: Sherwood FreyAcademic ProgramThe overall objective of the Bahrain course was to offer an introduction to the business, cultural and religious dimensions of the Kingdom of Bahrain. More specifically, the visit provided the opportunity for students to enter into discussions with senior executives from the private and public sectors, to tour leading-edge service and manufacturing facilities, to spend several hours at the Grand Mosque for a comparative religion discussion, to be hosted to the regional cuisine, to negotiate in the souq, to visit a camel farm, to share a meal in Bahraini homes, to visit historical sites and to get a general feel for life on the island. As a result, this course allowed students to form their own impressions of this part of the Gulf without the influence of the news media.Belgium & NetherlandsThe European EconomyFaculty Leader: Scott BeardsleyAcademic ProgramWhen viewed as a single economy, the European Union is consistently the largest or second-largest in the world. Students developed a deeper understanding of Belgium, the Netherlands and Europe as business environments, as markets and as the base for firms that are leading global industries.Costa RicaBeyond Just Ecotourism: Indigenous People, Immigration, Education and CommerceFaculty Lead: Melissa Thomas HuntAcademic ProgramIn the Costa Rica course, students learned how businesses, organizations and individual entrepreneurs operate in a global arena. From sustainable farms, to multinational corporations, to expat entrepreneurs, to local business schools, students visited a wide range of players in the Costa Rican economy.EgyptGlobal Leadership Development: Doing Business in CairoFaculty Leader: Andy WicksAcademic ProgramParticipants in this course spent the majority of their time in Cairo, visiting with local business leaders arranged by Moustapha Sarhank, and viewing many of the most prominent cultural attractions - including the Great Pyramids. The program focused on careful preparation for the visit, including time at Darden with Moustapha Sarhank and Andy Wicks, several days of business visits, interaction at a local business school - including meeting with MBA's and faculty, and extensive visits to cultural and historical sites.This course was a great opportunity for the students to develop their abilities as leaders in a global business environment. Egypt and Cairo in particular, pose some interesting challenges for students in terms of what it means to take their technical skills and adapt them to a different culture and context to understand what it means to lead and succeed. The final segment of the course was a trip to Luxor to see the treasures of Ancient Egypt. For students who wished to extend their stay, there was an option to continue on to Sharm el Sheik before returning to the US.IndiaDoing Business in IndiaFaculty Leader: Martin DavidsonAcademic ProgramThe India course is designed so that students have the unique opportunity to experience India’s path to becoming a world economic power. During the program, the participants will meet with leaders in India – Business and Political, engage with peers – students and young entrepreneurs and explore the local culture – both old and new.The nine days in India will be spent visiting Delhi and Mumbai. In between company visits in each city, there will be guided city tours and visits to cultural landmarks like the Taj MahalData Science & TechnologyFaculty Lead: Casey LichtendahlAcademic ProgramStudents looked into the broad cultural and business drivers across the diverse and fascinating country of India with an eye to understanding how information science plays a role in this developing nation and how it impacts commerce across the globe. Students developed an understanding of how and why India became a hub for information technology, outsourcing, and its role in continued innovation in digital business alongside challenges facing Indian firms and executives today. Students also learned about innovation and entrepreneurship in the fields of IT using experiential learning, company visits, and meetings with top business leaders.MexicoMexican Tourism; A Worldwide ConceptHost InstitutionInstituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresa — IPADEAcademic ProgramThe objective of this course was to give Darden MBA Students the opportunity to experience the Mexican Tourism Business Sector and to explore issues that affect the tourism industry worldwide. The Tourism industry is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the world, and Mexico has a strong reputation in the industry due to its being the 8th most visited country in the world. Mexico is a traveller's paradise, crammed with a multitude of opposing identities and tourist destinations: desert landscapes, snow-capped volcanoes, ancient ruins, teeming industrialized cities, time-warped colonial towns, glitzy resorts, deserted beaches and a renowned collection of flora and fauna.