A message from Dean Mark P. Taylor to the WashU Olin MBA class of ’22.
After careful consideration of global circumstances, I must share our decision today to postpone the first-year MBA global immersion trip planned for the spring semester. I hasten to add, however, that we have not—and we will not—abandon our commitment to this important component of your WashU Olin MBA experience.
As soon as travel abroad is deemed safe, we intend to mount the 38-day, three-continent excursion with the class of 2022 as we have always intended. As of now, we are planning to stage this trip in the Mini-A term of fall 2021.
While this is a disappointing turn of events, I know everyone agrees that these are not the circumstances anyone would have wished for. We must make the safety and well-being of our students, staff and faculty our paramount concern as we plan this excursion. The plain fact is that we cannot be sure travel to our intended destinations will be possible in the spring.
For some of you, I know this postponement will pose a hardship toward completing the WashU MBA on the schedule you wish. For dual degree students in particular, alternatives include incorporating a virtual global experience in spring 2021, traveling in summer 2021 with the new MBA cohort, or waiting to travel with your cohort in fall 2021. Students who complete the virtual global experience may have an opportunity to participate in elective coursework with international travel as student schedules allow and courses become available.
For anyone who has questions, concerns or conflicts you wish to discuss, I encourage you to consult with Ashley Macrander. In the meantime, thank you for your understanding as we all confront the ongoing challenge of the global pandemic, and please know how seriously I take our commitment to providing this experience as soon and as safely as possible.