Our approach to applied, experiential learning is about more than exposing you to new ideas; it’s about immersing you in the situations, moments and conversations that will change the way you lead and view the world.

In addition to in-person Summits—immersive learning experiences that bring you face-to-face with classmates and faculty in Chapel Hill and international business hubs—you’ll have the option to participate in a range of global, hands-on development opportunities during your time in the program.

Because our students bring a wealth of professional knowledge and perspectives to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, these opportunities explore the business landscape at an advanced, worldwide level and give participants the chance to network, consult and apply new skills firsthand.

“I gained exposure to France-based companies and international perspectives that I can contribute to any of my future endeavors. Additionally, having the opportunity to meet other business students from around the world was priceless. I made great connections with my fellow classmates, which really enriched my academic/professional network.”

Adrienne Fraser, Class of 2018
Category Manager, Modsy

Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR)

The Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR) program is a hands-on learning program in which students learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies or not-for-profits that recruit and employ our students.

Teams typically comprise five to seven students, with one student serving as the Project Leader. All teams are guided by both a faculty advisor with significant business consulting/corporate experience and an executive from the client organization. Some recent STAR clients include:

GE Healthcare
Krispy Kreme
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Hanesbrands, Inc.
Best Harvest Bread Company
City of Hertford — Green Marina
Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Spruce Pine Main Street
UNC — Board of Visitors
YES! (Youth Empowered Solutions)

Application Information

The STAR program counts as an elective course, which means students who apply to participate must have already completed all their core courses. You should be prepared to demonstrate how your previous experiences and coursework have prepared you for the kind of team problem solving you will encounter as a STAR participant.

Learn more about the STAR program and benefits of this consultative, experiential learning opportunity for MBA students.

If you are interested in participating in STAR as a currently enrolled student or client organization, please visit Kenan-Flager’s STAR website.

Doing Business In (DBI)

The DBI course gives students an opportunity to study abroad at one of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA exchange partner schools.

These one- to three-week courses—which include academic components and cultural experiences—give students an in-depth look at how business is conducted in unique global settings. Students network with other MBA students and faculty from some of the world’s top business schools, giving them the ability to approach complex business problems with a more holistic, globally informed mindset.

Topics and Locations

We offer over 30 DBI programs, many of which focus on a particular business topic, such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, fintech and many more. Other programs are designed specifically for students who may be exploring business opportunities in a particular region. Recent DBI course examples include:

  • Sustainability in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Innovation Week in Vienna, Austria
  • Digital Marketing in Helsinki, Finland
  • General Management in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Doing Business in China at Peking University

Some of our partner schools—including Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Business, Chile and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina—also offer short intensive electives, which range in length from three days to one week.

Timing and Costs

Timing may vary, but DBI opportunities are typically available in early January, March, May, June and July.

DBI electives range in cost from approximately $500 to $2,000, in addition to per-credit tuition costs. DBI costs typically cover accommodations, meals, course material and cultural visits/events.

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