Experience Required

Three schools share their experiential learning initiatives, which send students out of the classroom and into the field. 
Experience Required

AS BUSINESS SCHOOLS DISCUSS AND DEBATE the best ways to expose students to real-world experiences, it’s easy to forget that business educators themselves are “learning by teaching” as much as their students are “learning by doing.” With each new iteration of experiential initiatives, faculty learn more about designing and refining hands-on assignments that boost students’ confidence, deepen their skill sets, and deliver real benefits to both corporate partners and communities alike.

How do business educators design experiential learning opportunities that don’t just teach students concepts, but open their eyes to nuances of business they had not recognized before? The stories that follow highlight different approaches to experiential education—one in place for many years at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management in Tucson; one in its fourth year at Cass Business School of City, University of London in the United Kingdom; and one launched less than two years ago at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

Although at different stages of adoption, these programs share a common objective: to get students out of the classroom and into the field, where they can experiment, explore, and engage with business in real-world contexts.


By Tatiana Rodriguez Leal

Immersion weeks open students eyes to the real-world implications of the actions they will take as leaders.


By Paulo B. Goes

Students make an impact through multidisciplinary projects.


By Sabrina Gottschalk

One weekend. One challenge. Real-world outcomes.