The World Bachelor in Business cohort of approximately 50 students study at three universities located in major economic and cultural centers. Each year students move to a new continent, learning about and adapting to new living and study environments. They are supported through services available at each university, tailored to meet their needs as WBB students during this unparalleled experience.
Residential life is an important component of a university education. This is particularly crucial for WBB students. All students are provided with accommodation in university housing at each location, offering them the opportunity to meet friends from all over the world, understand different cultures and adjust to the local community. All three universities provide various residential hall options both on and off campus.
Since WBB students may face challenges due to the complexity of working with three different universities and the uniqueness of the academic structure, each school provides specific support to assist WBB students moving from one campus to another, both from an academic and administrative point of view. WBB faculty advisors are also available at all schools to help students choose courses and make plans that best fit their career aspirations.
Extracurricular opportunities and on-campus activities designed specifically for the program are available at each school. The unusual composition of WBB class groups and the program’s structure mean the group will spend a lot of time together, inside and outside the classroom.
Career Services and Placement
WBB graduates are well positioned for careers in a broad range of areas in the private and public sectors, in addition to their own entrepreneurial initiatives. In order to help students successfully launch their careers, each school endeavors to identify specific internship opportunities for WBB students. WBB students also have access to career development activities at each school.
FIRST YEAR @USC
- Seminars on soft skills
The first year includes foundational business courses like Microeconomics for Business, along with classes designed to build essential business skills like Writing and Critical Reasoning.
In Leading Organizations, which focuses on leadership and management skills, students put theory into practice and develop leadership, negotiation and communication skills.
In both the first and second years, students can select from a variety of humanities courses (literature, music, philosophy, art, anthropology, religion, history, etc.) designed to encourage an appreciation of Western and/or Chinese cultures and to develop analytical and communication skills.
SECOND YEAR @HKUST
- Business in Asia
- Chinese communication
During the second year, students will gain professional and technical knowledge while developing a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking. Courses will offer unique insights into the way business works in China and Asia and provide an introduction to the Chinese languages.
Other courses such as Business Statistics and Introduction to Information Systems emphasize mathematical and analytical skills. Students will take their first Accounting class and develop critical-thinking skills studying Science and Technology and other subjects.
THIRD YEAR @BOCCONI
- Economic History
- Business in Europe
- Public Management
- Second foreign language
Courses in the third year will include Corporate Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, and European Economic Policy. Students will examine the fundamentals of Italian civil law within the broader framework of European legal culture in Introduction to the Legal System, and analyze economic developments in Western nations in Economic History. The course in Public Management will explore the complex relations between private businesses and the government bodies for whom they supply products, services and management know-how at the national and local levels.
In additional classes, students will learn about the specifics of doing business in the European Union and build introductory Italian language skills.
FOURTH YEAR @OPEN
- 3 electives on specific individual interests and objectives
- Business Communications
The fourth and final year reinforces an integrated view of business with courses in Business Communications, Ethics and Strategy.
Year four also allows students to focus on specific interests and objectives, not only in the choice of which school to attend, but also through the selection of 3 elective courses.