Congratulations! You are about to embark on an immersive learning experience that will stay with you long after you have completed the program. Here are some tips to get you started.
Before You Arrive
- Visas: As a program participant, you are responsible for securing the appropriate visas and travel documents you need to travel to the country in which your program is located. Visit our FAQs for more information
- What to Bring:
- Personal Technology: For programs on the HBS campus, you are not required to bring any personal technology. Computers are provided in each bedroom. For programs offered elsewhere, we recommend that you bring your personal laptop. You may need a voltage adapter for your personal technology if your program is held outside your country of residence
- Phones: Landline phones are provided in each bedroom on the HBS campus and in each hotel room at programs located outside of the United States
- Money: You may wish to exchange currency before arriving to cover ground transportation costs from the nearest airport. On the HBS campus, you can use your ATM/check card at the Bank of America automatic teller machine (ATM) at Spangler Center. For programs outside of the HBS campus, currency exchange is available either at the hotel or a nearby ATM
- Clothing: Weather conditions will vary depending on season and location, but we generally advise bringing business casual clothing that can be easily layered. Examples include collared shirts, khakis, blazers, and sweaters
- Preparing in Advance for Your Program: About three weeks before your program starts, you will receive a link to the program website giving you access to the relevant case studies. We encourage you to prepare these cases in advance so you can make the most of your time on campus. You will have little time to prepare once you get to campus, due to the program emphasis on interactive learning with your professors and peers
On-Campus Services and Amenities
The program fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, and most meals. All participants are required to live in the designated facility for the duration of the program. Since Executive Education is an immersive learning experience, the interactions that organically happen from living alongside your peers are an integral part of the process.
On the HBS campus, which is located in the Boston–Cambridge area, amenities include:
- Shared living/project group lounges, with a common conference and lounge area equipped with a large LCD projection monitor with laptop hookup, DVD player, shared printer, and cable TV. Amenities include a coffee/tea maker and a refrigerator stocked with water, juice, and soda
- A computer in each bedroom, with wired and wireless high-speed Internet access
- Housekeeping services, provided Mondays through Saturdays
- Complimentary laundry facilities, including detergent
- Access to the School's athletics facilities, including squash courts, an indoor swimming pool, a Yoga/Pilates studio, and more
For students attending programs in China, Europe, or India, accommodations are provided in world-class hotels either in the same facility as your classes or within walking distance. Services and amenities vary by hotel.
- On the HBS campus, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center houses more than half a million volumes and 6,900 periodicals covering most aspects of management, vast historical collections, and "The Exchange"—where you can access real-time information in the business and financial world
- Harvard Business Review e-newsletters include daily management tips, summaries of the latest book releases, and insights from thought leaders on challenges and strategic opportunities confronting top managers worldwide
- HBS@Work is the Executive Education e-newsletter that features new faculty research, thought-provoking articles, and emerging global business trends. You'll also learn about new and upcoming Executive Education programs
- HBS Working Knowledge is a forum for innovation in business practice, offering you a first look at cutting-edge thinking from HBS faculty
We encourage international participants to respect local customs, practices, and etiquette when attending a program outside of their home country. Familiarizing yourself with the culture can help make your stay more enjoyable and your learning experience more productive.
For more information on how to plan for your program and what to expect when you arrive, visit our FAQs. Please note that we will provide additional guidance on preparing for your program about three weeks before the program start date.