Area specialists from the Wharton faculty and other institutions will conduct the on-campus lectures. Previous area specialists have included faculty members from Wharton, Penn, Johns Hopkins University, among others. One designated member of the faculty will travel with each GIP to facilitate the reflective learning component of the program. A professor from the Wharton Management Department will evaluate the written papers.
Leading each group is a program director who is a senior member of the Wharton administration and whose primary role is official representative of the school. The program director is involved in planning the study tour itinerary, in cooperation with the MBA Program Office and the program’s student coordinator(s), and ensures that program arrangements are realized en route. The program director also facilitates group decisions and serves as a formal link between the group and the university in case of emergencies. The program director will evaluate each student’s participation.
Student Coordinators are current MBA students who have extensive living experience in the regions to be visited. Student coordinators are instrumental in delivering the program during the immersion. In addition to being an interpreter of the local culture, the coordinators serve as liaisons between you and the GIP staff to assist with program delivery and help deal with any problems that might arise.