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CIB Learning Expeditions

Each year the CIB organizes spring break trips called Learning Expeditions (LEs) for Tuck students to selected countries. The trips, which are mini courses, provide in-the-field international business exposure.

2012 Learning EXPEDITION



South Africa with Professor Phil Stocken


The purpose of this experiential course is to understand political, social, and economic developments in South Africa. The course will focus on the country’s historical antecedents giving rise to the economic, political, and social structures in the country and the key local and global forces that are likely to affect future development. It will expose students to some of the leading companies in South Africa and the African continent to illustrate some of the core management principles studied at the Tuck School.   >> Information on application and deposit requirements



Led by a Tuck faculty member, students visit a variety of business-related organizations, participate in cultural activities, and network with alums and other executives. Students pay a program fee plus international airfare, personal expenses (including some meals), and immunizations and visas where relevant. Benefits of LEs include:

  • Access to the people and organizations shaping the global business environment;
  • Reasonable program fees;
  • Hassle-free travel: students book international flights, obtain relevant immunizations, and fill out visa paperwork - the CIB does the rest.


2011 Learning Expeditions




Past Learning Expeditions

  • Spring Break 2010: South Africa
  • See the video about the South Africa LE
  • Students and South African native Professor Phil Stocken went to Johannesburg, Cape Town and beyond. They had the opportunity to learn about the business environment, Black Economic Empowerment, and the role of business people in addressing social challenges such as poverty, inequality, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Spring Break 2010: Brazil

    Two Tuck students with the center's assistance organized this trip to the major economic and political centers of Brazil with the assistance of our active and enthusiastic Brazilian alumni. Participants visited companies, sample the country’s famed cuisine and nightlife, and came away keen sense of why Brazil is the “B” in BRIC!

  • Spring Break 2009: China

    On this Learning Expedition, 17 Tuck students visited a diverse array of companies that are delving into the next phase of China's economic evolution.The students visited four cities and eight organizations during the trip and learned about how business is conducted in the world's most populated country.