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Hassenfeld Fellow Overseas Immersion Program Information

Hassenfeld Fellows on a trip to Panama

Program Information

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 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. 

2017 Trip Information

Last year's Hassenfeld Immersion trips were held in May 2017.

Focus: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance
Faculty Lead: Professor Charles Reed
Staff Leads: Debbie Berechman, Meredith Robitaille

Focus: Comparison and Contrast of Emerging Markets
Faculty Leads: Professor Aldo Musacchio
Staff Leads: Ida Yonas, Anna Shur-Wilson