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Lingnan (University) College has collaborated with the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (USA) and ESADE Business School (Spain) to offer a new postgraduate program. The new program is designed for fresh graduates as well as for young professionals with relevant backgrounds and outstanding academic achievements. The purpose of this program is to train future business leaders in implementing global strategies in the real world, and to be able to cooperate well with a diverse range of groups while managing the teams with good cultural competence. The program will explore the complexities of the global business environment from North American, European and Asian perspectives.+


Prof. LU Jun

Dean of Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University, China

"Three schools work closely together with an aim to train future business leaders who can meet society's demands with excellent global acumen and cultural awareness. In this program, students have an exceptional opportunity to be immersed in three different cultures and business environments to develop academic and professional abilities, which will be a valuable asset to their future careers."

Prof. Josep Franch

Dean of ESADE Business School, Spain

"The program will provide a high-added-value experience that will prepare recent graduates – mainly from the Americas, Europe and Asia – to achieve excellence in the complex and dynamic global economy." "All three schools consider this program to be an integrative proposal in terms of both the curriculum and the various components of the academic and vital experience."

Prof. Carl Zeithaml

Dean of McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

"The new program allows students to study on three continents and receive two master's degrees and a certificate from three world class business schools in one integrated experience. It marks a critical step forward in providing a new generation of business leaders with the skills and experiences they need to meet the challenges of today's demanding global business environment." "We look forward to working in close collaboration with our outstanding partners at ESADE and Lingnan to ensure that the new program offers a truly world-class educational experience"


Why choose Global 3 Program?

  • Earn two official master's degrees from the University of Virginia and ESADE Business School, and a certificate from Lingnan (University) College, three of the most prestigious universities in the world.

  • Learn from the most recognized professors at each university.

  • Preparing yourself to be a highly talented future business leader, who understands the complexity of implementing global strategies in a highly dynamic global economy and will be able to lead and manage multicultural teams.

  • Open your mind and broaden your visions while experiencing a strong cultural immersion by living with students from different countries.

  • Get access to three Career Services to increase you opportunities in working in your favorite industries.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Business studies, Economics or Management from a recognized university
  • A minimum TOEFL score at 100 or a minimum IELTS score at 7.0
  • A minimum GMAT score at 580 (or GRE equivalent)
  • Fresh graduates and young professionals with 2 years of full-time working experience or below
(Cross-cultural communication skills and overseas experience are advantages, although they are not required)
  • 01

    Start an Online Application
  • 02

    Complete your online application
  • 03

    Upload required documents
  • 04

    Interview with Lingnan admissions team
  • We encourage you to start an application early to review the essay questions in advance, choose recommenders, and begin entering required information. You may go back to the application at any time and make changes before submitting it for official review. The process has been streamlined to allow you to apply to the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, ESADE Business School, and Lingnan (University) College with one application. 
  • Please register and complete application via this system. You will be asked to provide personal details, education and professional background information. Then you will need to answer three questions about your perspectives in threes short essays. Please write a 300-500 words essay in English to each question. In order to apply successfully, we strongly advise you to provide answers that help the admissions committee to understand your global mindset, personal characteristics, achievements and skills/competencies you consider as crucial components.
  • Please prepare and upload soft copies (PDF version) of the following documents (all documents should be in English or both English and Chinese). Please name your documents as the following:
    University Transcript
    University Degree Certificate (If you have not obtained any degree yet, please provide a certificate of enrollment)
    Language Proficiency TOEFL or IELTS report
    GMAT or GRE report
    Up-to-date Resume
    Recommendation letter 1 & 2
    Note: Recommendation letter could be submitted through email to (sent directly from the recommender with an official email address)
  • International Relations Office of Lingnan (University) College will notify you if you have been selected for an interview. Online interview can be arranged for candidates who are not based in Guangzhou, China.

Expand Your Global Business Knowledge and Skills

The curriculum includes an integrative selection of coursework along with a master thesis that students will complete by the end of the year. In addition to receiving a strong grounding in global business frameworks, students will be trained in effective cross-cultural collaboration, and also in development of adaptive capabilities to variable business environment. 

  • McIntire School of Commerce
  • Lingnan (University) College
  • ESADE Business School
    • International Corporate Governance & Strategy (3 credits)


      Corporate governance concerns the relationship between managers and a firm’s other stakeholder groups including shareholders, employees, and the larger community. This course will explore fundamental theories of corporate governance and how governance practices differ across countries. We will discuss how globalization is driving changes in governance and examine different perspectives on what practices are best for international organizations.

    • Strategic Leadership (3 credits)


      This course seeks to develop students’ ability to respond to complex leadership challenges in a global context. Through experiential learning, students will be better prepared to influence the strategic direction of their organizations. Topics include understanding the role of strategic leaders, crafting organizational narratives, managing cultures, guiding change, balancing stakeholder expectations, and managing organizational threats.

    • Analysis for Decision-Making in a Global Context (3 credits)


      This course aims to provide students with a managerial toolkit of analytical skills while also demonstrating the wide range of global managerial situations in which quantitative analysis and business analytics are necessary and relevant. Through case studies and use of current analytical tools, students will gain experience in solving business problems, supporting decision making, and communicating analytical results.

    • Researching & Writing a Global Business Thesis (3 credits)


      This course focuses on researching and writing a thesis on a global business topic. Students will identify and defend a thesis topic, review significant literature, refine thesis research methodology, present thesis proposal ideas for class critique, revise and formally defend a thesis proposal, and begin initial research. The approved thesis proposal will launch research that will culminate in a formal thesis defense in the spring session.  

    • Global Market Research & Analytics (2 credits)


      This course is a research-oriented class that examines how firms can leverage customer analytics to create, manage, and grow brands. The class provides students with a strategic framework and analytical tools to develop and execute data-driven strategies that enhance customer engagement and loyalty. Through lectures, analysis workshops, class exercises, and team projects, the course investigates the art and science of delivering customer value.

    • Doing Business: U.S. (1 credit)


      This course combines relevant classroom discussions, executive presentations, and a study trip to explore the interrelationships between business, politics, and economic development in the United States. We will use texts and documentary films to explore the history of American business and to analyze the factors that have shaped the current institutional environment.

    • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management (2 credits)


      This course leads students to investigate key operational issues in managing global operations and supply chains. It delivers the latest theories, principles, and methods of modern operations management and supply chain management in global business. The course relies on a combination of case discussions, lectures, readings, and assignments. The principal pedagogy for this course is instructor-led group discussion of the results of quantitative and qualitative analyses performed by students prior to class.

    • Consumer Behavior Across the Globe (3 credits)


      The purpose of this course is to study the process of consumer decision-making and its determinants, and the resulting implications for marketing strategy. Concepts and theories covered in this course are essential for consumer analysis and the development of effective marketing strategies. A strategic orientation will permeate most facets of this course. At the same time, knowledge of consumer behavior requires an understanding of important theoretical concepts from a series of fields combined with  psychology, sociology, and economics.

    • International Financial Management (2 credits)


      The main objective of this course is to provide today’s (non-) financial managers with a sufficient understanding of fundamental concepts and tools of financial management. The course starts with reviewing the institutional arrangements and valuation of various financial instruments, such as currency forward, currency futures, and currency options and swaps. Then the discussion moves to the topic of how to use those instruments to effectively hedging a firm' s exposure to exchange rate risk. Finally, we will examine the international dimensions of financing and capital budgeting. The course will have a strong applied orientation. A significant emphasis will be placed on practical techniques and the solutions of issues.

    • Doing Business in China (1 credit)


      These courses are designed to help students to understand the three regional contexts in which they will be studying as well as the similarities and differences among them. The first course will examine the business context of the United States. The second course will examine the business context of China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong.  Finally, the third course will consider the business context of the European Union, with a special consideration of the challenges faced by the Eurozone countries. Each course will examine the practical implications for both domestic and global companies in a variety of industries.

    • Negotiation in a Global Context (2 credits)


      Managing intangible assets is becoming one of the main sources of differentiation for companies. Among all intangible assets, the brand is considered to be one of the most important. In this course we will review both seminal and advanced brand-management practices and concepts, all illustrated by case studies across different industries and geographic areas. By the end of the course, you will be able to develop successful brand strategies to manage brands in different business situations.

    • Managing Innovation in Global Operations (2 credits)


      The dynamics of business have changed fundamentally. Technological advances, global inter-connectedness, and societal changes among other factors create a new setting for businesses. Large corporations experience hyper-competition and limits to growth due to saturated markets for their traditional products. The course is designed to expose you to key areas of managing innovation projects and turning them into real products and services through operational practices and processes. We cover key tools and concepts related to product and service innovation from an operations perspective including idea generation, idea development through experimentation, business opportunity validation, operational strategy, process design and management.

    • Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (2 credits)


      Discover the tools and methodologies to understand, interpret and manage sustainability in corporate settings. In this course you will explore how sustainability issues can have an impact on all organisational units and departments and generate value for the company as well as for society. We will investigate how sustainability can become an integral part of the business model, and thus a source of competitiveness, embedding sustainability practices throughout the organisation and designing innovative solutions through the "bottom-of-the-pyramid", frugal and reverse innovation, and social entrepreneurship frameworks.

    • Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances (2 credits)


      Understand the complex world of strategic alliances as an integrated process rather than as watertight compartments pertaining to finance, business policy, and human resources. By the end of the course, you will appreciate the complexity of M&As operations and be well aware of the risks they entail. You will also learn how to increase the success factors in these kinds of operations.

    • Doing Business: E.U. (2 credits)


      Examine the global nonmarket environment of internationalised firms, looking specifically at Europe. We will explore geopolitical dynamics as the overarching trends in a globalised economy. We then examine the European economy, the European Union, its politics and institutions prior to focusing on lobbying at the EU level.

    • Business Simulation (2 credits)


      The Strategic Business Simulation is an interactive learning experience integrating the most important business administration and strategic management concepts and focusing particularly on the areas of corporate management and business policy. For this, we will use of one of the top business school's (FT top 100) most widespread software.

*Course information is currently accurate but is subject to change.


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