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IMBA Students in Santiago

Our Intercontinental MBA students arrived in Chile just in time to avoid the frigid Chicago January. We are enjoying the sunny weather — in the 80s and low 90s — while keeping tabs on our family and friends in Chicago. Pictures of the frozen Lake Michigan are beautiful to view, but we are glad to be here.

The students are taking four courses, as they do throughout the program. Three are in person and one is online from Chicago. After our three-week residency is over, the students will return to their respective homes and complete all their courses online.

Having arrived over the weekend, we have set about familiarizing ourselves with this beautiful city. We are finding our way around Santiago on the Red Line of the Metro. The students are competing in teams in a City Game that challenges them to locate a list of historical and social sites, meet locals, and photograph their encounters. Also part of the challenge is finding inexpensive restaurants and doing some meal preparation. Our previous residency in South Africa was relatively inexpensive, so we left the cooking and laundry to others. Here the cost of living is notably higher and it takes more savvy planning to stay within a budget. We begin some of our corporate visits today, so please stay tuned for more updates on the business environment from the Southern Hemisphere.

Mary Ann

  • By Mason D. on 1.7.2014 at 2:29 pm

    Very jealous of the weather you guys are having down here — Below 0 temps are miserable! Looking forward to seeing plenty of Chilean pictures in nice weather!

  • By Danielle on 1.7.2014 at 3:59 pm

    I love the idea of the City Game — and the idea of warmer weather! It sounds like you are having a blast while doing some savvy planning. Can’t wait for your next post!

  • By Jaqueline on 1.7.2014 at 11:37 pm

    Enjoy reading these updates! The city game is a great idea! Hope to join you Fall 2014!

  • By Brendan on 1.8.2014 at 11:51 am

    Sounds like a great experience for all. Keep us updated!

  • By Cassandra on 1.10.2014 at 2:13 pm

    I’m officially addicted to this blog. I went through it and read all the posts on South Africa. Wow is a good way to describe just reading about your experiences – let alone living through it. Seems like everyday is an adventure – truly remarkable! I look forward to reading more about your journey throughout 2014. I hope also to be a “pioneer” in the IMBA 2015 cohort. Travel safely!

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