Experience some of the developing economies of southern Africa while discovering your ability to use your professional skills to contribute as a global citizen. This study abroad program is a hybrid between a regular study abroad program in international business and technology and a development consulting project. This program is available to students in numerous majors, both inside and outside of the Marriott School of Business.
Consulting Project Element
Student teams will work with villagers in the Lilongwe, Malawi, area. The Malawi minister of agriculture noted the life-changing nature of prior years’ projects. This year’s projects will be equally significant in helping villagers to improve their lives. Students will spend five to seven days in villages learning from locals and helping them to develop marketable products and their supply chains, explore and develop creative options for daily needs, and do unique marketing research to accessible markets for products. Students from a variety of backgrounds will be needed for each team to work on diverse projects.
Study Abroad Program Element
International business in development contexts will be studied in southern Africa. Students will 1) meet with business, government, and not-for-profit leaders, 2) learn about resource extraction—with all of its pros and cons in developing regions, 3) participate in a safari highlighting environmental issues in development, and 4) visit cultural, historic, and geographic sites.
The program will take place in the following locations:
• Lilongwe, Malawi: one of the ten poorest countries in the world
• Johannesburg, South Africa: a nation with a dual economy
• Livingstone, Zambia: a country with mineral extraction and Victoria Falls
• Gaborone and Chobe Park, Botswana: the national capital and a park with African wildlife