Business Across Borders

YEAR ONE: University of Southern California’s Marshall
School of Business

Students will begin their WBB education at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Consistently ranked among the nation’s premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Its undergraduate programs emphasize experiential learning that nurtures entrepreneurial talent and critical-thinking skills. Located in Los Angeles, USC Marshall is integrally connected to Pacific Rim industries defining the new business frontier.

University of Southern California
  • Founded in 1880 and the oldest private research university in the West
  • Consistently ranked among the nation’s top tier of research institutions
  • University Park campus attracts nearly 35,000 students from throughout the United States and 100 countries; USC has the largest number of international students of any U.S. university
  • More than 400 internationally regarded graduate and professional programs
  • Strong corporate connections and Trojan Family Network of more than 300,000 alumni in over 100 countries

YEAR TWO: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Year two takes students to Asia for an intensive year of study at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. HKUST is a top-ranked international university with world-class faculty and facilities. The HKUST Business School is recognized as one of the youngest and most respected business schools in Asia and has an international faculty of 140 professors. The school has also established a solid international reputation for its research excellence, with consistent rankings as No. 1 in Asia and top 20 in the world.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Named the top university in Asia by QS Asian University Rankings 2011–2013
  • Global reputation for its world-class EMBA and MBA programs, as well as high-quality research
  • 30-plus nationalities creating a diverse undergraduate student mix
  • Dynamic learning environment designed to nurture well-rounded graduates with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking
  • Strong ties with global thought leaders as well as wide-ranging connections with Mainland China

YEAR THREE: Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

For the third year, WBB students will move from the Pacific Rim to the heart of Europe to study at Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Founded in 1902, Bocconi is a university of international standing in business, economics and law that welcomes students from dozens of countries. Its programs, from Bachelor through Ph.D., focus on interactive teaching methods and hands-on experience that prepare students for success in the job market. Bocconi promotes economic advancement through research and instills civic values in all its students by placing a strong emphasis on ethics.

Universitá Bocconi
  • Highly ranked MBA and Master of Science programs
  • Dynamic study environment, with students and faculty coming from 80 countries; international programs from Bachelor to Ph.D. taught in English, with emphasis on research at all levels
  • Network of relations with 200 leading universities in 50 countries, enabling more than 2,000 study abroad opportunities each year
  • Strong connections with the global business community and the international job market, including a solid network of alumni in many countries
  • Modern, urban campus, fully equipped with up-to-date resources and facilities, providing a variety of cultural, social and sporting activities

YEAR FOUR: choose any of the three partner universities

In the fourth year, WBB students choose one of the three partner universities to complete their studies. Throughout their journey, students will gain an understanding of their interests and future goals. This crucial fourth year provides students with the flexibility to truly customize their college experience:

  • A final year at Bocconi honing Italian skills and taking seminars on international finance
  • More time at HKUST to further explore Hong Kong as a world financial center and China as an engine of growth in international business
  • Return to USC, leveraging partnerships with the university’s connections to the entertainment, real estate or communications industries


Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a global force in industries ranging from health care to entertainment, from real estate to communications, from biotechnology to green design. Los Angeles is home to the headquarters of 15 Fortune 500 companies and a thriving multicultural environment where more than 200 languages are spoken. USC puts students at the heart of Los Angeles and Southern California, providing connections to the people and places that make L.A. one of the nation’s gateways to the global economy.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a major global financial and business center, is a commercially vibrant metropolis where Chinese and Western influences fuse. Situated in the heart of Asia, Hong Kong has one of the largest foreign exchange markets in the world. It is also rated as the world’s most competitive economy. In addition to being a strategic gateway to Mainland China, which is a major engine of world growth, Hong Kong also serves as a convenient entry point to the rest of Asia, providing students with easy access to countries like Singapore, Korea and Japan.


Milan is Italy’s international economic and financial hub, as well as a capital for fashion and industrial design. Living here, students will soon understand why Milan is famous among Italian cities for its fast pace and hardworking can-do attitude. Italian culture, cuisine and nightlife are all within walking distance of the Bocconi campus, and the town center is a showcase for Milan’s history as a regional capital of the Roman Empire, a powerful medieval Duchy and Leonardo da Vinci’s Renaissance home.