Learning In Person

Build connections in person during Kelley On Campus and Kelley On Location.

If you are pursuing an online MBA, your education will include two in-person sessions built into the beginning and end of your program:

  • Kelley On Campus is an intensive in-person introduction to the Kelley Direct program, held on location on Indiana University’s beautiful Bloomington campus
  • Held during your second year of the program, Kelley On Location includes three to four days at a client-specific location in the US

During both sessions, you will build lifelong connections and discover new pathways and opportunities for your future. Kelley On Campus and Kelley On Location experiences are part of the Kelley Direct curriculum and are required for graduation.

Kelley On Campus connected me to my fellow students, who are so diverse in where they live or have come from, and the work they do. The connections I’ve made with my classmates during these experiences are ones that I will take with me for years to come.

Jenica Acome, MBA’20

Meeting my classmates in person made the online classes so much better. We would get to see each other via Zoom video conferencing, and chat about work or family. It made the online program feel like it was not online, and that was incredible.

Carrie Hoefer, MBA’19

One of the most rewarding aspects of any MBA program is the opportunity to network with your peers. While the Kelley Direct program is taught online, there are an abundance of opportunities for students to build personal connections with both current students and alumni.

Joseph Hwalek, MBA’19

Kelley On Campus: Inside your first-year residential experience

In this video from Poets& Quants, editor John Byrne meets with Kelley Direct Online MBA students during Kelley On Campus, formerly called Kelley Connect Week. Watch to discover how this experience on the Indiana University campus prepares you to become a more effective business leader.

Description of the video:

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- The great thing about Kelley Connect

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and Kelley Direct Program is

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almost everyone in the
program already has a job.

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- There's a lot of limitations
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- I don't know where we're
going to be next year this time,

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so the online program definitely offers

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that flexibility factor.

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- Hi, I'm John Byrne,
with Poets and Quants.

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Welcome to the Kelley School of Business

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at Indiana University.

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We're here for a special week,

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it's called Kelley Connect Week.

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It's when online MBA students
converge on the campus.

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Bonding occurs, case studies,

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presentations to company executives.

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And we're gonna give you
a little bit of sense

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of who the students are,

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and what they are in fact
experiencing in this program.

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Let's go meet some.

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- Pita J. Cruz, right?

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- Yes, you got it
perfectly, I'm impressed.

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- And Zach, you're
based in Chicago, right?

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- Right, Washington, DC.

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- Why do you want an MBA?

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- I didn't want my brain to stagnate.

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I wanted to keep getting
better outside of my own job.

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- To work with real small
business, not a made up case.

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- You can actually do something to impact

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small businesses in America,
and make a difference.

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- To take an online program,

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and bring it back to the real world,

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it's using today's technology
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and really fusing them into something new.

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- Now, obviously we're on the campus

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of Indiana University in Bloomington.

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But much of your study,
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is online in the virtual world.

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So what is it like to learn online

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and to work with other
students all over the world

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when you're not really there
in a classroom setting?

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- In terms of classmates, I'm next to

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and entrepreneur and an
astrophysicist with a PhD.

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And everyone's working
towards the same goal.

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And just because you're
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and it's over conference calls,

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you still get that mentality of a team.

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You still get that drive to really push

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and be better every time.

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- When you actually go
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so much of that is virtual now.

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So, in a lot of cases,
you're not all meeting

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together in a conference room.

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You're meeting with people
from all over the country

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and then having that experience,

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doing that in your online MBA program,

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I think really helps you.

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It not seem so strange to
work with people remotely.

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- Thank God for mobile technology.

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(laughter)

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- We have an opportunity for you to engage

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young Chinese consumers
in an innovative way.

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You do a week of very intensive coursework

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while simultaneously doing
a very competitive case

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along with colleagues that are fantastic.

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- So having spent some time in China,

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I understand the vast risks
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This year I was much more at ease,

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and much more comfortable with
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- It's been a wonderful experience.

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It's been able to kind of
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and look at a real business company,

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and see the problems that they're facing.

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And being able to address those problems.

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- Accounting is accounting.

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It doesn't matter what text
book you get it out from.

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But this is a program
that offers so much more

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in terms of flexibility,
faculty, classmates.

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- They really work to expose us to

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a wide variety of educational experiences.

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- They didn't want MBA answers,

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they wanted some more creativity.

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They wanted us to think about things

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that have never been done before.

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- How did you find the
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and their dedication to the program?

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- It's amazing, they're
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and great how they are as teachers,

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they're great online teachers.

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- I've worked with over 10
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from the in residence program,

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and that's something you don't get

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in a lot of other online programs.

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- What are you gonna do with
your MBA when you get it?

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- What am I gonna do with this MBA?

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I think it's whatever I want to do.

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- It just opens up so much
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- And how long, start to finish,

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will it have taken you to get the MBA?

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- I was able to finish
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- Don't put off doing it. Get into it.

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Get it done. Get a lot out of it

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and you'll have your entire
life to reap the benefits of it.

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Good luck to all of you.

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You are at the start of
a magnificent adventure.

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You're already taken care of with a job.

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Unilever's gonna give you a big promotion.

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You're gonna go off on your
honeymoon with an MBA, right?

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- That's right.

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- Did your wife require that of you?

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Good luck to you, and thank
you for participating.

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- Thank you very much, John.

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- This is John Byrne with Poets and Quants

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at the Kelley School of
Business at Indiana University

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on the Bloomington, Indiana campus.

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Thanks for watching.

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