The Hassenfeld Fellow Overseas Immersion Program is an in-country program that gives participants an intensive introduction to the business and economy of a dynamic overseas market. This program was established through the generosity of Alan Hassenfeld, co-chair of the Board of Overseers for Brandeis IBS and former Chairman and CEO of Hasbro Toys. The program is intended to embody his passion for education through personal encounter. Understanding the arts, religion, geography and local traditions is essential to understanding how to do business with or in that culture.
Up to twenty master's degree students representing our BA/MA, BA/MBA, MA and MBA programs are selected via a rigorous application process to attend each trip. Students who are selected participate in a half-semester module in the spring semester to gain an understanding of the country they'll be visiting through the lens of the political, social, historical, business and cultural contexts via case studies, presentations and guest lecturers.
Past trips have taken place in Panama, Israel, Cuba, Colombia, Turkey and Azerbaijan. Current trip information is available below.
Eligible students will receive access to an application via email, or may speak with a member of the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Experience team to learn more.
2016 Trip Information
This year's Hassenfeld Immersion trips will be held in May 2016.
Israel: May 24 - June 2, 2016
Focus: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance
Faculty Lead: Professor Charles Reed
Staff Lead: Debbie Berechman
Colombia/Panama: May 23 - June 1, 2016
Focus: Comparison and Contrast of Emerging Markets
Faculty Leads: Professors Erich Schumann and Alfonso Canella
Staff Lead: Matthew Magida