IIMB Student Exchange thrives in face of Covid 19

IIMB Student Exchange thrives in face of Covid 19

The Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is one of the key internationalization initiatives at IIMB. This year, 83 students across different programmes travelled on an exchange programme abroad. The majority of the cohort went to France. These students travelled to 39 partner schools in 15 countries for the Full Term Student Exchange Programme (FTSEP). Out of the nine Dual Degree students, four went to the ESCP Europe – Paris campus and five to Bocconi University, Italy.

Prof. Rahul Dé, Dean, Programmes and Chairperson, Office of International Affairs, stated that the Student Exchange Programme is a key internationalization module that all students are expected to experience as part of their studies. “Though this year saw a much smaller number of students travelling abroad on exchange compared to that in pre-Covid years, it is still significant. IIMB has one of the best internationalization programmes in India with a healthy inflow of foreign students, and also outflow of our students for exchange, for immersion, or for dual degrees. This programme is likely to grow and strengthen in future.”

The SEP at IIMB has been in existence for over 15 years. IIMB has developed an extensive International Student Exchange Network, in order to provide cross-cultural exposure and a global perspective to the students. The exchange programme has become increasingly popular with the students and before the pandemic, nearly 40% of the batch got a chance to spend a term at a partner institute. Efforts are under way to expand the programme further and enable an even larger number of students to avail this unique opportunity. The students not on the exchange programme benefit immensely through interaction with the large number of overseas students spending a term at IIMB.

Highlighting the immense value of the internationalization element as part of their academics, Shrinivas Pai, a PGPEM student, who was at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, USA, says, “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”

The table below offers the details of students on term exchange and dual degree programme.

Programme Dual Degree Exchange Programme Grand Total
PGP 9 71 80
Online 1 8 9
Travel to Host University 8 63 71
PGP-BA 4 4
Travel to Host University 4 4
PGPEM 11 11
Online 3 3
Travel to Host University 8 8
Grand Total 9 86 95

The table below shows the country-wise summary of students who travelled.


Country Travel to Host University
Austria 1
Belgium 2
Canada 2
Denmark 3
France 34
Germany 9
Italy 4
Japan 2
Netherlands 5
Norway 1
Poland 3
Portugal 1
Spain 1
Sweden 8
Switzerland 5
Grand Total 83