Partnerships with educational institutions on 3 continents create a truly international experience for you as a Carson College student. Partners’ campuses have become popular destinations for study abroad programs. The Carson College reciprocates by welcoming students and scholars from these international schools to Pullman. Partners collaborate on research and share unique perspectives.
For nearly 30 years, the WSU Carson College of Business has provided unique educational programs in Europe in partnership with César Ritz Colleges (CRC) of Switzerland, a traditional Swiss hospitality school.
Site of a faculty-led study abroad program
Nestled in picturesque mountains, the Brig campus has become a prime study-abroad destination for students of international business and hospitality business management. If you’re a certified Carson College student, you can complete upper-division course requirements for a WSU major or minor in international business during one semester of study in Brig. Faculty from WSU and César Ritz Colleges Switzerland teach courses to both WSU and César Ritz Colleges students, with all instruction given in English.
Earning a degree in Switzerland
The WSU offers a bachelor’s degree program in partnership with César Ritz Colleges. It lets you earn degrees from both institutions: the César Ritz bachelor of international business in hotel and tourism management and the WSU bachelor of arts in hospitality business management. The AACSB-accredited, 3-year curriculum involves faculty and staff of both institutions. You’ll take classes on site and through distance delivery and will complete 2 6-month internships.
In the rapidly changing global landscape, no international business program is complete without a focus on China, home to the world’s fasting-growing economy. Since 2008, the Carson College of Business has had a permanent presence at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. The college’s on-site program director builds relationships with members of the local community.
Study abroad destination
The Carson College center in Chengdu hosts undergraduate students in a faculty-led study abroad program. Courses are taught by WSU and SWUFE professors in English. WSU students gain global business experience through field trips to marketing and manufacturing facilities.
Not only does the Chengdu campus welcome Carson College graduate students and faculty conducting research, its students and scholars are collaborators in Carson College education and research projects.
SWUFE students at WSU
SWUFE students participate in an MBA cooperative program with WSU or travel to WSU to complete a certificate program in international business. Additionally, WSU established an annual Business Plan Competition at SWUFE in 2008. In April, winners travel to Pullman to compete in the International Business Plan Competition.
The Carson College of Business has established a cooperative agreement with The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. This newly established university conducts scientific research and engineers solutions to contribute to the African nation’s economic development.
The relationship with NM-AIST is a collaborative effort between the Carson College of Business and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and is part of a university-wide, international development initiative.
Collaborating to develop curricula
NM-AIST offers masters and doctoral programs. Its curriculum requires all graduates to take courses in innovation, venture creation, and technology transfer. The Carson College is assisting with development of these courses.
Business plan competition
The Carson College has established a business plan competition for NM-AIST students. In April, the winning team from the NM-AIST local competition visits Pullman to participate in the International Business Plan Competition.