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Suggested Programs for Management & Business Economics

Open market, Jerusalem

Open market, Jerusalem

Management and business economics students are ideal candidates for study abroad in several ways. There are several core opportunities that MBE students can seize while abroad:

  1. Tackle courses to fulfill the three MGMT course electives. These are very flexible.
  2. Seize internship opportunities. Nothing suggests real-world experience like real-world experience in another part of the world.
  3. Look to substitute corporate finance, microeconomics, or macroeconomics abroad.
  4. Take advantage of general education requirements.

MBE students should also know that, when browsing UCEAP programs, UCEAP does not use management or management and business economics as subject areas. Instead, you may find most of the relevant courses listed as business administration and/or economics. Programs with MBE courses at the upper-division level often require a 2.85 GPA or higher (talk to your advisor if there is a good reason why your GPA is lower); students below a 2.85 are encouraged to seek internships or knock out general education requirements.

Programs Highlighting Management and Business Economics

Programs for advanced MBE majors

These programs are ideally for students with a solid background in economics (usually micro- and macroeconomics, perhaps econometrics) and calculus ('B' performance or better). These programs may have higher GPA requirements (e.g. 3.0, 3.2, 3.5).

Spain: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Highly ranked in both business & management studies and economic and ranked among best new universities, Pompeu Fabra is a great opportunity to take management, business, and economics courses in English in Spain. Take advantage of courses like micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, and marketing among others. Students with Spanish 4, Spanish 11, the equivalent, or higher will be eligible to take advantage of internship opportunities as well. On the quarter system, UC Merced students can tackle extra courses over winter and spring terms.

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Italy: Bocconi Univ.

Ranked the #1 institution in Italy and #3 in Europe for business & management in Continental Europe, Bocconi Univ. is a great option while at the economic (and fashion) heart of Italy with an expanding curriculum of coursework in English after taking a quick intensive course of basic Italian. Take advantage of courses in marketing, corporate finance, and specialty areas like international business, business law, and fashion business.

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United Kingdom: Summer at London School of Economics

The alma mater of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and ranked 4th in economics and 9th in business & management worldwide in 2015, the London School of Economics and Political Science is a great addition to any résumé and a wonderful experience. Find courses across micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance among others.

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Immersion & Exchange Programs Suggested for Management and Business Economics

English Universities: Univ. of Warwick

The Univ. of Warwick enjoys top 50 worldwide rankings in business & management and economics. It also has coursework in a number of target areas for UC Merced students: micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance.

Special note: For the Univ. of Warwick, you will need to apply to the "English Universities" program and rank the Univ. of Warwick as your top choice.

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Australia: Univ. of Melbourne

In the heart of Australia's biggest "college town," Univ. of Melbourne holds top 50 worldwide rankings in business & management and economics. Students should find coursework in econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance among other areas.

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Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology

With a top 25 world ranking in business & economics and top 50 ranking in economics, HKUST is a great location for students to tackle micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, and marketing among other courses, completely in English.

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South Korea: Yonsei Univ.

In the capital of one of the most technologically advanced societies in the world, Yonsei holds a top 100 worldwide ranking in business & management. Find micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance courses in English.

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China: Fudan Univ.

Seated in mainland China's economic capital, Shanghai, Fudan Univ. is a great new university with coursework in English and offerings in microeconomics, econometrics, marketing, corporate finances, and elective areas. With top 100 rankings in both economics and business & management, Fudan Univ. could be a great fit.

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More Options for MBE Students

Thailand: Thammasat Univ.

TThammasat Univ. presents one of the least expensive study abroad options with great course options in English in micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, and marketing with internship opportunities.

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South Korea: Seoul Summer

Yonsei Univ. offers one of the most popular summer study abroad programs with UCEAP. Take courses in English in micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, marketing, and corporate finance, and great internship options. Korea also boasts one of the cheapest summer abroad options through UCEAP.

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Denmark: Copenhagen Business School Summer

With a top 25 world ranking in business & economics, students can choose from an exciting lineup of courses in business, finance, marketing, economics, and communication. Taught completely in English, courses fuel the mindset of innovators, strategists, and entrepreneurs. Explore topics like consumer behavior, social marketing, supply chain management, data visualization, or persuasive communications—all with an international perspective..

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Summer Internships

Czechia: Summer Internship, Prague

Participate in an eight-week, full-time internship where you'll build marketable skills while gaining résumé-boosting experience. Internship opportunities are available in most fields, including business administration and economics.

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Varied: Summer Global Internship

This eight-week full-time internship program is designed to prepare you for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce. You'll be placed in an internship based on your professional needs and goals.

Explore Berlin option

Explore Cape Town option

Explore Shanghai option

Explore Singapore option

Explore Toronto option

Varied: Virtual International Internships

Develop multicultural communication skills and get valuable work experience while you build your global professional network from wherever you are. You will be placed in an online internship that suits your major and matches your personal and professional development interests. You may work with an organization in cities across the world: Seville, Prague, Rome, Florence, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Sydney, Buenos Aires, or San José.

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Thailand: Summer Internship, Bangkok

An international hub for business, startups, marketing, and finance, Thailand is at the forefront of emerging markets in southeast Asia. Choose a full-time internship and add working in a multicultural environment to the list of skills on your résumé.

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Five steps to add an internship to your study abroad experience

Five steps to add an internship to your study abroad experience

Adding an internship to study abroad is like adding backstage passes to your favorite show, a first-class upgrade on a long flight or whipped cream on just about anything! It’s the ultimate complement to study abroad that results in international work experience, increased confidence and serious professional credibility in future job interviews and grad school applications. So, if you’re looking to combine two amazing experiences (internship + study abroad), here’s how you can make it happen! Read more about internships with UCEAP.

“I decided to participate in an internship because I wanted to get the most out of my study abroad experience. It gave me the chance to get hands-on experience in a research facilitty working with Italian doctorate students while studying in Rome.”

Heather, Rome, Italy

Completing Other SSHA Requirements Abroad

SSHA students, in general, can take advantage of the requirement to complete four (4) non-major upper-division general education courses—or equivalent—from SSHA areas as varied as English literature to economics. Most SSHA students complete one or more of these required courses while studying abroad. These courses must be reviewed through the   SSHA course approval form.

SSHA students must also complete a total of 60.0 semester units in order to graduate. SSHA students complete many of these units within their major but often need more and can complete these requirements abroad.

Course Approval and Course Approval Forms

With a few exceptions of previously approved courses (ask your academic advisor), courses will need to be approved to meet individual degree requirements. In these cases, students will use the Course Approval Form for the school that would typically offer such a course at UC Merced:


The school will often require a syllabus or equivalent in order to do a review. Keep in mind that syllabi may be protected intellectual property of certain professors or universities and may not be publicly posted online. If it is a UC Center program, you may be able to acquire syllabi through your study abroad advisor. If the program is with a local host university and the course is not posted online, you may be able to inquire with the instructor or host university in some cases.

Academic Planning

No matter your academic intentions while studying abroad, you should consult your academic advisor and your MyDegreePath report to plan out your study abroad academic goals. Once you narrow your search to 1-3 study abroad programs consult your program page or ask your study abroad advisor about resources for researching courses in your program.


Start planning for study abroad with your academic advisor as soon as you can. One of the keys to maximizing academic success abroad is early planning and scheduling course loads before, during, and after study abroad. This includes strategies such as targeting a study abroad term to exploit areas of flexibility in your academic plan.

Be sure to make use of UCEAP course credit resources below, too.


UC Merced Campus Credit through UCEAP

How to Explore Database of Courses Previously Taken


Campus Credit Abroad

Planning the courses you’ll take on study abroad is as important as figuring out when and where to go. All courses taken on the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) are guaranteed UC credit, but understanding how each class may fit into your academic plan is a critical part of the planning process.

UCEAP Database of Courses Previously Taken

How to Find Courses for UCEAP

One of the challenges with academic planning and completing the Academic Planning Form is finding courses. While there is never any certainty with course offerings and study abroad always requires a little calculated academic risk, there are some techniques to minimize the risk and exploit unique educational opportunities through study abroad.

Courses & Credit Tab

For nearly every UCEAP program page, there will be a tab labeled “Courses & Credit.” Within this tab you will find information and links in the “Course Opportunities” area. The course resources are listed in order of relevance. Depending on the program, you might find any of the following resources:

  1. Course syllabi
  2. Links to academic majors or programs with courses
  3. A bulleted list of courses

MyEAP Course Catalog

All UCEAP coursework taken in the last five (5) years is listed in the UCEAP Course Catalog. There are a few things you should consider when using the MyEAP Course Catalog:

  1. The list of courses is not comprehensive.
  2. Course units are listed in quarter units (to convert to semester units, divide by 1.5).
  3. Syllabi are not included.
  4. You may need to search less intuitive subject areas to find coursework (e.g. health sciences for public health, "engineering" for bioengineering, business for management and business economics).

Check Previously Approved Courses

There are a few resources available showing coursework previously approved for study abroad online. The resources are limited but they do represent some of the more recent course approvals:

A Note on Course Syllabi

Your academic advisor or school may insist that you need syllabi in order to determine whether a course abroad will substitute a particular degree requirement. While this is generally true, this does not prevent you from planning out your academic schedule abroad and determining what type of degree requirements a course may fulfill.

Sometimes your study abroad advisor or UCEAP can acquire a syllabus on your behalf; however, this is not always the case. Please understand that syllabi are often considered intellectual property and may not be shared until the course begins. Previously approved courses (see above) are often your first go-to resource to select courses.