It is critical for leaders today to have a global mindset to successfully navigate the different cultures, economies, and markets in which they will work.
A global mindset has three components: tangible skills required to work across cultures, knowledge and an understanding of the world, and the willingness to operate outside of one’s comfort zone.
Developing a global mindset means immersing oneself in the culture of another country. Tuck has developed a set of carefully designed immersive experiential courses that take place in various countries around the world. To fulfill TuckGO, sometime during their two years at Tuck, each student must participate in at least one such course in a country that is new to them.
Four activities satisfy this requirement: a Global Insight Expedition, a qualifying First-Year Project, an OnSite Global Consulting assignment, and an international exchange with one of Tuck's partner institutions. Students can also propose an alternative means of meeting the requirement that must be approved in advance.
Global Insight Expeditions are elective travel courses led by faculty with deep country and/or topical expertise. They usually occur during spring break in March and are open to all students. GIXs are designed individually to offer distinctive opportunities in a variety of destinations, where participants see business concepts come to life, meet with international business leaders, and interact with local people.
The First-Year Project course is part of the required curriculum at Tuck, and some FYPs can be designed to qualify for TuckGO. To satisfy it, significant travel must occur outside the U.S. for students of U.S. origin. For international students, a U.S.-based project that broadens their knowledge of business in the U.S. could also meet the requirement.
OnSite Global Consulting is a second-year elective course where students offer professional quality consulting services to a host of worldwide clients. Consulting projects are carried out by teams of students working under the supervision of advisors with extensive consulting and project management experience. All projects include an immersive, full-time fieldwork component, typically outside of the U.S.
Exchange Programs enable students to deepen their global exposure by spending a term at one of Tuck's partner institutions around the world. Students apply during their second year at Tuck. Spending a term overseas allows students to gain knowledge of a different culture’s educational and business environment while enhancing their understanding of global business issues. Our exchange partners are selected based on their reputations for excellence and their fit with the Tuck MBA curriculum, structure, and academic calendar.