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  • Locations: Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring Short Term
  • Cost Estimate: Spring Short Term
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Program Description:

Singapore: Global Business Project

Is this Program for me?

Singapore skyline

Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub with prestigious standings such as the most “technology-ready” nation, best investment potential, and top international meetings city. Despite lacking in natural resources, Singapore developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, having the 3rd highest GDP per capita and foreign exchange center. Singapore is expected to maintain its status as a regional/global financial center and as a major center in global commerce.

This is an applied course, hence, learning by doing, in this instance within the profession of management consulting with a finance focus. The course provides a management consulting framework for students to use while interacting with and ultimately providing counsel to an actual Singaporean client with a consulting project focused in the field of finance.

In this 3 credit international consulting program, students will work in teams with a Singaporean client on a finance project ranging from asset management, industry analysis, and market analysis.

Students will travel to Singapore where they will meet with their clients and for the culmination of the course students will present their findings. While in Singapore, students will also conduct site visits to various places such as the The National University of Singapore, Bank of Singapore, The United States Embassy in Singapore, and local neighborhoods.

Course Objectives

  1. Apply a systematic consulting structure to a client defined project/challenge, including but not limited to:

    1. Establishing proper communication channels both with the team and the client.

    2. Being self-aware regarding status of performance both with the team and externally with the client.

    3. Developing the skills to know what questions to ask that uncover the fundamental challenge being addressed.

    4. Developing a testable hypotheses, designing and running the related tests/experiments, and collecting the associated data.

    5. Synthesizing the data collected and delivering a thoughtful and understandable solution to the client.

  2. Establish, advance, and ultimately exhibit a comprehensive understanding of the client’s industry and specific challenge/project.

  3. Develop and demonstrate appreciation and empathy for the client’s geographical location, to include: economic, political, cultural, and social standards. Apply these nuanced observations to the client challenge/project.


This program is open to graduate students and qualified undergraduate students.

Academic Credit

3 credits are awarded for successful completion of FINA 6290.

This program fulfills general elective credit for Master's and MBA programs. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards Graduate School of Business Certificates or other Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor. 

Undergraduate applicants should consult with their advisors to see if this course will fulfill degree requirements; otherwise this course may serve as an unrestricted elective.


Application Deadline:
Sunday, October 29, 2017

On-Campus Dates
6:00 - 8:30pm
January 18 and 25, 2018
February 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2018
March 22 and 29, 2018
Overseas Dates
March 9 - 17, 2018 

GW Professor


Rodney Lake, Teaching Assistant Professor of Finance, and Director - GW Program on Applied Research and Investing, (GW PARI), The George Washington University School of Business.

Mr. Lake is a Visiting Instructor of Finance at The George Washington University School of Business, serving as an instructor and manager for the GW Program on Applied Research and Investing (GW PARI). GW PARI includes the $2.5 million Ramsey Student Investment Fund - managed by MBA students, and the $1.7 million Phillips Student Investment Fund - managed by undergraduate students, also included is the newly founded GW Student Venture Fund.

Rodney Lake is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of The Benval Group LLC.  The Benval Group provides management consulting services to growing companies. Benval works to partner with its clients regarding resource and capital allocation, strategy, analysis, and research.

Prior to forming Benval in 2012, Mr. Lake worked as a Senior Investment Officer in The George Washington University Investment Office. The GW Investment Office was responsible for managing the University’s $1.5 billion endowment fund.

Prior to the GW Investment Office, Mr. Lake was a Senior Financial Analyst in the Executive Vice President and Treasurer’s Office at GW, served  as an internal consultant for projects ranging from financial and optimization modeling to developing spin-out strategies and valuations for internal businesses.  Prior to joining GW, he was a Financial Analyst in portfolio management at a mortgage banking subsidiary of California Federal Bank, (now part of Citi).

Mr. Lake graduated cum laude, from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.S. degree in business. He received his MBA from The George Washington University.


Cost Estimate

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Information Session

View a live recording of the information session HERE.

Additional Information

Students are required to establish accounts for, and use video conferencing tools/systems, i.e., Skype and/or Google Hangouts for client calls/meetings. Expenses for these accounts, if any, are the student’s responsibility in full.

Regarding space for program related teamwork and/or client meetings - please make requests via the online portal, Reservation for Academic Spaces:

Students are expected to have hardware devices to support their work especially while in country, such as a laptop or tablet and a smartphone.

Syllabus_STAP Singapore_FINA 6290_Lake_Spring 2018.pdf
Itinerary_STAP Singapore_FINA 6290_Lake_Spring 2018.pdf


This Program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.

Feel free to contact us at 202-994-0767 or with your questions.

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