Study Abroad

Gain real-world business experience with global and domestic immersions.

With Kelley Direct's global and domestic immersions, you'll combine your online learning with in-person experience. Each term, you'll have opportunities to travel domestically or internationally to gain real-world business experience, make connections, and develop an innovative mindset to become a better decision maker. These experiences typically last 5 to 10 days.

During the online portion of a consulting-focused course, you'll learn about the location's culture, context of the organization and market, scope of the project, and needs of the client. When you travel to the location, you'll meet face-to-face with clients, visit client sites, and present deliverables.

For exploration-focused courses, you'll dive into a key topic or set of themes, and conduct analysis or produce business plans focused on the location and market.

Please note: COVID-19 program updates

Due to current travel and safety concerns, in-person Kelley Direct Online MBA experiences are postponed. This includes in-person Kelley On Campus experiences and Global and Domestic Immersion programs, for which virtual options are now available. Kelley Direct Online MBA and MS courses are offered 100% online. In-person experiences will be resumed when it is safe to do so.

For more information regarding IU’s planning and response to COVID-19, please visit

Kelley Direct Online MBA: Cuba Consulting Immersion

Watch the video to see Kelley Direct students learn about business in Cuba. In this hands-on consulting project, students worked directly with two Cuban companies to improve their operations and form lasting business relationships.

Build your skills and solve real business problems.

Take on a high-stakes problem faced by your client—a real business in an emerging economy. As part of a competitively selected student team dealing with an unfamiliar locale and culture, this experience will accelerate development of your global executive leadership skills as you quickly adapt your business knowledge and make decisions to deliver solutions to complex challenges.

Student-led team deployments build skills in:

  • Innovative thinking and entrepreneurship
  • Consulting
  • Project management
  • Cultural and emotional intelligence
  • Data collection, market, and operations research

Johannesburg, South Africa

New Delhi, India

Beijing, China

Some of our prior trips included:

  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Beijing, China
  • Havana/Viñales, Cuba
  • Athens, Greece
  • New Delhi, India
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Bangkok, Thailand

Once you are accepted to Kelley Direct, work with your advisor to incorporate this life-changing opportunity into your plan of study.

Opportunity is waiting for you at Kelley.