Experiential learning at London Business School: Global Business Experiences, London Talks Series, Competitions & Volunteering

LBS MBA Experiential Learning
LBS strive to enhance the learning experience by giving students opportunities to apply classroom lessons to real-life scenarios. This helps students retain what they have studied and more importantly, it enables them to understand how the concepts work in a real life context. Experiential learning at the school is divided into two parts, within the classroom curriculum, and outside it.

In the Classroom

London Business Experiences

As part of the 1st year curriculum, students benefit from real-life business experiences through the London Business Experiences program. With the program, students can choose to visit a set of companies in London. The companies offer valuable lessons from key stakeholders in the company, and can work within groups to build networks and learn how the business works. It gives students perspectives on the kind of career they would themselves like to follow and test whether what they study in the class can be applied in the real world.

The 2013 portfolio of companies that MBA students will visit include:

• Chelsea Football Club
• Fight for Peace
• Saatchi and Saatchi
• Bank of England
• Citibank
• London Metals Exchange

Global Business Experiences (GBE)

Global Business Experiences is an integral part of the 2nd year curriculum and it helps students integrate theory with practical, international experiences. This experience is rated as the most enjoyable part of the LBS MBA program. GBE is a study tour where students accompanied by faculty travel to international destinations of economic or cultural importance. Students can pick from destinations such as South Africa, India, the Middle East, China or North America. They travel to their chosen spot and work as small teams to finish projects relevant to the area. Participating students gain perspectives from alumni, industry and other leaders with workshops, faculty lectures, company visits, panels and guest speakers.

2013 destinations that MBAs can pick from include:

• India
• South Africa
• China
• United States
• Turkey

Beyond the classroom

London Talks Series

LBS has access to a host of leading businessmen and visionaries due to its location in London, a premier business, trade and finance destination. The school invites inspirational as well as thought-provoking experts and leaders for its London Talks series, giving students insights into how London works.

A look at the past speakers indicates just how prestigious this series is:

• David Cameron, Shadow Prime Minister, UK
• Tony Wheeler, Co-Founder, Lonely Planet
• Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone
• Peter Voser, CEO, Shell
• John Connolly, Global Chairman, Deloitte
• Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer and Author
• Jasmine Whitbread, CEO, Save the Children
• Anshu Jain, Head of Global Markets, Deutsche Bank
• Ravi Kant, Vice Chair, Tata Motors
• Andrew Witty, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
• George Soros, Investor, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

Student clubs and conferences

Student clubs at LBS cover professional, social, regional and sporting areas and enhance students’ quest to follow their interests. The clubs have close association with Alumni with Global events, and offer immense networking and leadership opportunities for students. There are 70+ clubs that include Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Energy, Latin America, China Club, Wine Rugby and Salsa clubs. They organize events like:


• Entrepreneurial Leadership Series
• China Business Forum
• Global Healthcare Summit
• Global Energy Summit
• Women in Business Conference
• Private Equity VC Conference
• Retail & Luxury Goods Conference
• Africa Day


• Essay Competition - Financial Services Essay Competition
• Case Competition - AT Kearney Global Prize Competition
• Business Plan Competition - CleanTech
• LBS Stock Pitch Competition

Career Treks

• Paris Trek - Retail & Luxury Goods and Energy
• Silicon Valley Technology Trek - Technology
• Berlin Trek - Start ups
• Geneva Commodity Trek - Energy
• Swiss Healthcare Trek - Healthcare
• New York Trek - Sports Business

Social trips and events

• Tattoo
• YATRA India Trip
• Duke Rugby Tour
• Japan Trip
• Ghana Microfinance Trip
• Spring Break Sailing

Volunteering Opportunities

Students have myriad opportunities to be a part of volunteer projects that benefit local communities. Examples include:

• A CV writing workshop to help 16 to 19 year students at a London college in conjunction with Career Academies

• A community allotment with the help of the London Wildlife Trust at Kings Cross

• A business plan in one of the London boroughs for a youth community center

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