Bachelor degree locations and summer rotation


Maximize your international experience

Complement your studies with firsthand experience in some of the world’s major economic centers. You can choose to spend your summer studying at either one of our undergraduate home campuses in San Francisco and London, as well as our other locations in Dubai and Shanghai. We call this our Summer Rotation program. Immerse yourself in the culture, take classes with local experts, and see for yourself how business operates in these regions that are pivotal to the global economy as your earn credits towards your degree. You could graduate with firsthand experience of the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and China. It’s an incredibly dynamic way to explore the world and study business.

How it works

Summer rotation is available to Bachelor of Business Administration students in their second, third, and fourth year of study. Each rotation option lasts six weeks. Students can choose up to two rotation options each summer, spending up to twelve weeks on rotation each year.

Academic year

Late September to early May
(30 credits; required)

Choose a home campus:

Dubai summer rotation

At the center of the Middle East’s trade and with 80% of the city’s population being from other countries, Dubai typifies international business. Our Dubai campus is a gathering point for international talent, with the campus hosting over 50 guest speakers last year, including Biotec behemoth Kiran Shaw.

Girl getting out of a taxi in Dubai

Classes in Dubai

Students on the summer rotation to Dubai will study topics essential to the region such as Doing Business in the Middle East and the Arabic language. Luxury marketing is a huge industry in Dubai and an ideal place for an introduction into this fascinating branch of marketing. Field trips to companies catering to the luxury market will give you an insider’s look at doing business with the super-rich. Students this year visited the World Trade Centre, Dubai Mall, MEA Luxury Marketing Council, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Ottoman Spa, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Damiani, and Icons Coffee Couture.

Culture and fun in Dubai

A packed schedule of trips, excursions, and activities ensure you enjoy Dubai with your classmates, and immerse yourself in the culture. Students rotating to Dubai this year were treated to a little of the Dubai luxury lifestyle with a yacht cruise, a visit to Ferrari World, desert safari, and trips to two of the biggest waterparks in the Middle East. They got a taste of Dubai’s older traditions too, shopping at the souks and visiting the historical Bur Dubai district and world-class museums. A guided visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding included a session on Islamic culture and business etiquette, and a traditional Arabic dinner. Students also visited the city of Abu Dhabi, an increasingly important hub for international trade and business and home to the spectacular Grand Mosque.

Shanghai summer rotation

For any aspiring business leader to truly understand China, you must experience Shanghai—the country’s sophisticated and trendsetting megacity. China’s ascendancy as a global superpower is rooted in Shanghai, a city home to international business, new trends, and groundbreaking ideas. Our Shanghai campus puts you at the center of it all.

Woman taking a photo in Shanghai

Classes in Shanghai

On summer rotation to Shanghai, you’ll study Chinese business, culture, and language, experiencing this continually expanding and evolving market firsthand. Learning international business in a global setting, you’ll see how the business knowledge and theory from class plays out in the real world, in a Chinese context. Previous years have witnessed the world’s second biggest economy in action at the Shanghai World Finance Center and seen how China maintains its title as the world’s largest exporter with factory site visits. Our campus has hosted Air Asia’s CEO Azran Osman-Rani and sustainability pioneer Peggy Liu. And this year, world design authority and founder of New York’s first international design and brand and management consultancy, Jan Staël von Holstein, introduced students on rotation to Shanghai to this exciting field.

Culture and fun in Shanghai

Rotating to Shanghai is a great opportunity to try adapting to living in a new culture—from learning how to navigate a new city with no common language and trying cuisines from all different parts of Asia, to visiting Chinese cultural venues and exploring the varied Shanghai nightlife. Students this year had plenty of opportunities to experience Chinese traditional culture with trips and activities like a legendary acrobatic show, tai chi, and calligraphy lessons, Hangzhou and West Lake Opera, and a Traditional Chinese Medicine cultural event. They also got to know the city with visits to a Chinese water town, Lupu Bridge, M-50 Artist Park, and Yu Garden.

San Francisco and London summer rotation

You can also choose a summer rotation to our undergraduate home campuses in San Francisco and London. This is a great option if you want to experience one of these cities without committing to living there for a full academic year.

London landscape at sunsetGolden Gate bridge going into the fog

Classes in London

The financial center of Europe, economic stronghold, and host to the world’s biggest organizations – London is at the beating heart of global business. A long-time leader in the creative industries, London’s growing reputation on the tech and start-up scene is opening up even more opportunities. Our London campus is the perfect setting for students on summer rotation to take classes in international business. With trips to the London Stock Exchange and start-up hub Rainmaking Loft, students get to see firsthand how the world’s leading trading floor works and where technology of the future is created.

Culture and fun in London

Explore the British music, art, and fashion that sets trends all over the world with your classmates and be part of London’s cutting-edge culture. This year students enjoyed contemporary music at London’s Wireless Festival and took a trip to Brighton, a quirky art and music hub by the ocean. Summer rotation is also a great opportunity to experience London’s history and tradition and students this year did that, with excursions to see the tennis at Wimbledon, horse racing at Royal Ascot, cricket games at Lords and the Oval cricket grounds, and classical music at the BBC Proms. Trips further afield saw students take in the Roman city of Bath and the iconic Stone Age monument Stonehenge.

Classes in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Bay Area is the birthplace of the technology industry and a high-tech heaven. Silicon Valley, just south of the city, is home to the biggest breakthrough companies of this century including Google, Apple, and eBay. Classes on offer to students on summer rotation to San Francisco this year include: Business & World Economy, Working on the Frontier: Changing Global Contexts, Development Economics, and Women & Leadership. Company visits planned include SalesForce, Apple, Google, William-Sonoma, Gap, Levi’s, and LinkedIn. Our San Francisco campus is alive with the buzz of new ideas and entrepreneurial spirit and hosted Robin Chase, founder of the revolutionary Zipcar, as part of the campus life activities.

Culture and fun in San Francisco

San Francisco is famed for its diversity and creativity that can be seen in everything from the spectacular choice of cuisine to new cultural movements. Easy to explore on foot and by public transport, including the iconic trams, students on summer rotation will enjoy getting to know the city and experiencing the California lifestyle. There are also many must-visit locations nearby. Trips and excursions taken by this year’s students include: a Giants baseball game, hiking in the Redwoods, cycling over Golden Gate Bridge, a walking tour of Chinatown, a boat tour to Alcatraz, a trip to Yosemite National Park, Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, and a tree-top rope course at Land’s End.