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This year, three Campus Abroad activities organized by the Department of International Business are open to students in the MBA program. The program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in an international business environment for two weeks and to experience the cultural, political, social and economic realities of another country, under the guidance of a network of experienced faculty members. 

The Campus Abroad program is a three-credit activity providing exposure to business culture through meetings with foreign senior executives and government officials, academic conferences and practical activities aimed at integrating the knowledge acquired by the students.

Above all, Campus Abroad offers a memorable life experience!

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I was hoping that these meetings would provide me with further input and reflections on Australia and Melbourne’s sporting industry and culture, and perhaps with a different perspective than that of a simple viewer. Let me tell you that I was not disappointed in this respect.
– Catherine Grenier, Campus Australia 2013

This has been an amazing two weeks and I would not have changed a thing about it..
– Lori Weiss, Campus Russia 2012

It is amazing how much we can learn in such a short timeframe when the organisation is good. Being in a country brings huge benefits compared to just sitting in a class: you can directly feel the culture and make links between the different aspects of life and business
– Bertrand Fouss, Campus Russia 2012

Read other testimonials on our MBA blog

Campus Abroad 2015-2016

Campus MBA / M.Sc.
China Ari van Assche, Associate Professor, Department of International Business
Mumbai-Dubai Johanne Brunet, Professor, Department of Marketing

+  Objectives

The purpose of the Campus Abroad program is to expand participants’ global awareness through the following experiential learning experiences:

  • Understanding a country’s economic, cultural and sociopolitical characteristics.
  • Comparing the business practices of the host country with those of the home country.
  • Integrating intercultural learning to become more engaged world citizens.

+  Evaluation criteria

  • The 3-credit Campus Abroad course entails roughly 135 hours of activities, including courses, industrial and cultural visits, assignments and examinations.
  • Students will be evaluated using letter grades based on their degree of participation throughout the program, on group work and on individual written assignments related to the activities.

+  The Campus Abroad process

     1. Pre-departure training in Montreal

The pre-departure training is designed ti familiarize students with the realities of the country they will be travelling to and the companies to be visited during the Campus Abroad program.

     2. Stay abroad

Lasting about two weeks, the stay abroad is the highlight of the Campus Abroad experience. Each program is unique and consists of a combination of the following activities: visits to companies, government agencies and NGOs, seminars with local speakers, group projects, cultural visits and meetings with students.

     3. Integration of acquired knowledge

The Campus Abroad program concludes with an assessment of the knowledge acquired, aimed at putting the different experiences into context. Upon returning to Montreal, students must submit their final report to the teacher.

At a Glance

Campus MBA / M.Sc. International airfare* Program fees** Participation fees*** Total Preliminary calendar
  China ≈ $1300 $2200 - $2400 $204 $3700 - $3900 January 11 to 26, 2016
  Mumbai-Dubai ≈ $1300 $3050 - $3250 $204 $4550 - $4750 February 26 to March 12, 2016

* Prices are provided for information purposes only and are subject to change.

**Program fees are provided for information purposes only and are based on a group of 15 participants. Rates include accommodations, local transportation, visa fees (if a visa is required), partnership fees, insurance, cultural activities and some meals.

***If he/she accepts the Campus Abroad offer, the student must pay a participation fee of $ 204 (plus yearly cost of living adjustment) via HEC en ligne. This fee helps cover the administrative costs of the program.  

+  Application procedure

  • Have a minimum average grade of 2,3
  • Submit a complete application file:
    • A completed application form 
    • A current curriculum vitae
    • A copy of the student's passport (picture page)
    • For non-Canadians, a copy of their valid immigration document (permanent residency card, study permit, etc.)
    • A letter of interest ( maximum 500 words) demonstrating the following:
      • A keen interest in international business
      • Outstanding interpersonal and leadership qualities
      • Evidence of social and emotional maturity to adjust to a foreign environment
  • Include an application letter for a scholarship, different from the motivation letter
  • Send your documents to or drop them off at room 3.275 by June 23, 2015 at noon.

+  Choosing a Campus Abroad destination

The selection of a Campus Abroad destination should be guided by the following important factors:

  • Course: Is the course relevant to your university curriculum?
  • Country: What destination appeals to you the most? Are you aware of any cultural adjustments that may be required for that destination?
  • Professional aspirations: Does the selected campus fit with your professional aspirations? Does it enrich your curriculum vitae in terms of your career objectives?      

Help in selecting a Campus Abroad

Calendar and dealines

Activity Dates
Application deadline June 23, 2015
Decision by the selection committee July 8, 2015
$ 1,000 deposit to confirm participation July 15, 2015
Pre-departure seminars Between November 2015 and February 2016 (depending on the destination)
Campus Abroad experience Between November 2015 and March 2016 (depending on the destination)

+  Financing

HEC Montréal values international exchanges. The HEC Montréal Foundation offers scholarships to deserving students to help them take part in the Campus Abroad program.

+  Global Citizen Scholarship Program

Title : Global Citizen Scholarship Program
Amount  : 1 000 $
Criteria : Click here for more information

+  Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I buy my own plane ticket?

    The purchase of the plane ticket is the responsibility of the student participating in the Campus Abroad program. The selected itinerary must ensure that the student is present at the beginning of the course in the city indicated by the professor and that he/she remains with the group until the end of the program.

  2. Am I responsible for obtaining the visa?

    The Campus Without Borders team will oversee the process of obtaining visas for the whole group, when necessary for Canadian citizens. Individual foreign students requiring a visa to attend a Campus Abroad destination can contact the Campus Without Borders team to obtain the necessary documents.

  3. Are there any special considerations regarding vaccines?

    All participants will receive a guide specific to each destination that provides all pre-departure information (vaccinations, insurance, useful information about the country, etc.).

  4. Why is there a $204 participation fee?

    The participation fee is only charged to  students who confirm their participation in the program, following the offer made by the Campus' selection committee. This fee helps to cover some of the administrative costs of the program.

  5. Are the tuition fees (3 credits) included in the program fees?

    No. You must pay your tuition fees to the Registrar separately.

  6. Are we required to write a report at the end of the Campus Abroad program?

    Evaluations are different from one Campus Abroad destination to the other and are determined by the professor in charge.

  7. Is there a selection interview?

    No. Participants are selected based on their application documents. 

  8. How does this course fit into my curriculum?

    This is a specialization complementary course.  For students in the International Business specialization or mixed option, the Campus Abroad program is recognized as a specialization course. For other specializations or mixed options, it is a non-specializationcomplementary course.

  9. What happens if I cannot take part in the Campus Abroad program, after having confirmed my participation and made the deposit?

    A student who cannot participate after confirmation loses all his/her payments and, if applicable, must repay the Global Citizen Scholarship.

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Application deadlines for admission

Round 1 June 1
Round 2 September 1
Round 3 October 15
Round 4 January 15

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