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Graduate Global Enrichment in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark


IBUS 6316: Sustainability & Cooperative Advantage in Scandinavia

Location: Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: May 19 - June 1, 2014. Predeparture classes -

  • Thu 6 March, 4.30 - 8.30pm
  • Friday 7 March afternoon (during Nobel Peace Prize Forum)
  • Thu 3 April, 4.30 - 8.30pm
  • Thu 24 April, 4.30 - 8.30pm

Term: Spring B Term, "Spring 2-8 Week"

Objective: This program explores the concepts related to sustainability and the increasingly overlapping roles of business, government, and civil society to address the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges. This cooperation demands leadership and a shift in strategic focus from achieving a "competitive advantage" toward achieving a "cooperative advantage." Please note that this program does NOT fulfill the MBA Ethics Core requirement.

**Class dates are mandatory, students must attend all sessions. Please note three of the pre-departure dates will be within a one week period, and classes are held on three Thursday evenings and one Saturday evening. Students cannot take another Thursday night B-term class.


  • 25 Carlson School & Humphrey graduate students

Academic Credit

  • 4 graduate elective credits (will not fulfill MBA 6315 Ethics Core requirement)
  • Grading is A–F basis


This program is open to Carlson and Humphrey graduate students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.


Scandinavia presents an exceptional case region given that Scandinavian corporations, governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s) have demonstrated a competency to build mutually beneficial partnerships and Scandinavia lays claim to the strongest and most balanced economic, societal, and environmental performances in the world.

Oslo. Norway's main industries include petroleum, hydropower, and advanced information technology. Oslo holds the top international ranking in the human development index and provides a unique base to study corporate social responsibility and business ethics.

Copenhagen. As the capital of Denmark, and the most populous city in Scandinavia, Copenhagen is home to global leaders in pharmaceuticals, productions, and information technology and communication. Businesses here have a long tradition of ethics and cooperation that cross the public and private sectors, and Copenhagen has often been recognized for its high quality of life and environmental friendliness.

Stockholm. Stockholm is host to more multinational companies per capita than any other nation in the world and is a leader in advanced technology, innovation, international trade, and commerce.


The academic load in this program is strenuous and we encourage students to plan their schedule accordingly. Pre-departure class sessions are MANDATORY. Please note the intensity of these pre-departure classes—3 of these 4 classes will be conducted within a 1 week period. It is your responsibility to be present for ALL classes. A major grading component for this course is participation. Reading materials will be available during the spring semester in advance of the first class; students will be expected to come to the first class prepared.

The final coursework will be done during Summer Term after students have returned from Europe.

The experiential program starts in Oslo, moves to to Stockholm, and ends in Copenhagen. Students will meet with leaders of business, government and non-governmental organizations in each city. This program has a demanding schedule and academic standards are high.

Housing and Food

Students are housed at a conveniently located hotels in each city. Students will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and a closing dinner are provided. Transportation between cities will be on trains.

Cost Estimate

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition for 4 academic credits (based on the PT MBA rate, not including collegiate, graduate student assembly, or transportation fees)* $4,940
Program Fee (including lodging, program events and transportation, course materials, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance**) $2,600
International airfare between Minnesota and Scandinavia $1,300
Passport and Photo $145
Textbooks/Course Materials $0
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc) $500
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $650
Total $10,135

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Please see OneStop for more information about tuition and fees

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Application and Admission

To apply, please visit the Apply page.

The priority application deadline is December 1, after that applications will be reviewed on a rolling admission basis util the program is full. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.

Students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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Phone: 612-625-9361

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