Global minded. Career-oriented.

Global Learning Opportunities (a.k.a. GLOs) are weeklong international travel classes for MBA and MSBA students.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how companies adapt to local business conditions and experience international business firsthand through economic, political, and cultural immersion.

2024 GLO destinations

Spring 2024 GLO

Dates: Spring 2024 GLO is a hybrid course. There will be virtual pre-travel classes on March 26, April 2, 16, and 23 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm CTTravel dates are May 4 to 11, 2024.

Location: Spain (Madrid and Bilbao)

Application info: The application will be live on October 23 at 9 am CT.  Students who identify with groups traditionally underrepresented in study abroad may apply for a GLO scholarship.

Itinerary: Draft itinerary (pdf)

For more information about the Spring 2024 GLO, see the information sheet (pdf).

Winter 2024 GLO

Dates: TBD

Location: Vietnam

Application Info: Will be available in July 2024.

Future GLO destinations

January 2025Vietnam
May 2025Greece

Applying for GLO

The online GLO application takes about 10–15 minutes. You’ll need the following to upload as a Word document, jpeg, or PDF:

  • A legible and clear scan/photo of your passport information page*
  • A headshot for use in a student directory

*If you do not yet have a passport, it is still possible to register, but please apply immediately. (See passport application details for U.S. citizens.)

Application deadlines

The applications will be available on this page approximately 6 weeks prior to the priority deadline. Notification by email will be sent when the application opens.

Application timeline

Date of GLO trip January May
Application available July November
Priority deadline September 30 December 4
Withdrawal deadline October 15 January 1
Program Fee U-Bill charges for MBA and MSBA students November February
Tuition charges for MBA and MSBA students December January


GLO prioritization

The program has limited seats, so apply as soon as possible. If more students apply than we have room for, we’ll prioritize based on when you submitted your application and this hierarchy.  

MBA and MSBA students

  1. Admitted students who have not completed a GLO previously
  2. Admitted students repeating the experience

After the priority application deadline has passed, any remaining seats will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration notes

Enrollment: Your enrollment will be added by program staff after the withdrawal deadline has passed. You will be added to the course the month before tuition is assessed.

Multiple GLOs: Two GLOs can count as electives and be used towards degree requirements. If completing more than one GLO, they should be in different regions.

Participation limited to current students

  • Only students who are officially registered for the GLO may participate during the official dates of the course. No guests are permitted during these dates.
  • Some participants opt to extend their trip so guests can join outside the official dates.

If you have questions about a GLO trip/class and how it fits in with your plan of study, contact your advisor.


There are three costs associated with GLO:

  • Program fees
  • Airfare
  • Tuition
What does the program fee include?

The program fee includes hotel accommodations (double occupancy), professional visits and speakers, classroom space, group airport/hotel transfers in country (available in prescribed time window), transportation between cities included in the program, bilingual group tour manager, orientation upon arrival, transportation to all professional visits, scheduled excursions and cultural activities, some meals (including all breakfasts and welcome/farewell meals), supplemental health insurance, and assistance for international travel.

Iowa MBA and MSBA students

Because GLO is an optional experience for MBA and MSBA students, the tuition you pay does not include extra charges for GLO. The program fee, tuition, and flight costs are the responsibility of the student.

  • Program fee: Typically $1700-2100
  • Airfare: Approximately $1000-2000 depending on locations
  • Tuition: Standard tuition for a 3-s.h. course (see tuition)

* Some companies will reimburse the portion of the program fee that is related to the business content of the GLO experience. This information will be available when enrollment applications are released.