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Thunderbird-the Garvin School Of International Management

85306-6000 1 Global Place
(602) 978-7000 

Thunderbird is the school of international business with more than 60 years of experience in developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills and social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities and the world. Dedicated to preparing students to be global leaders and committed global citizens, Thunderbird was the first graduate business school to adopt an official Professional Oath of Honor. Thunderbird is sought out by graduate students, working professionals and companies worldwide seeking to gain the leadership skills they need to succeed in today’s global economy.

The School offers a wide range of global management graduate degrees and certificate programs for full-time students, working professionals, distance learners and companies, including Full-time, Executive, Evening and Distance-learning MBAs, a Master of Science, a Master of Arts and a comprehensive suite of executive education programs. The school is also home of the Thunderbird Knowledge Network, the school’s hub of research and cutting-edge global business knowledge that includes six centers of excellence focused on cultures and languages, global mindset, ethics and corporate citizenship, global financial services, global private equity and global entrepreneurship.


Thunderbird’s Language and Culture Programs offer customized language, culture and negotiations programs specifically designed for the learning needs of executives. The programs provide highly intensive development that dramatically increases your ability to successfully conduct business in different countries and cultures. Thunderbird’s language, culture and negotiations faculty are among the best in the world. 

Language Programs for Executives
Thunderbird provides development in various languages specifically geared towards the needs of business executives. Popular languages include Chinese, English as a Second Language, Spanish, and others upon request. Language programs typically total 25-30 hours per week. Cultural orientation to the country or geographical area of study can also be part of the language training (or conducted separately).

English as a Second Language
The custom English as a Second Language (ESL) programs provide tailored classes such as presentation skills, effective business writing, and technical writing for international executives. These courses are open to individuals who speak English as their native or non-native language.

English for Special Purposes
English for Special Purposes (ESP) programs are designed to meet the specialized needs of specific industries a person is conducting business in, such as hospitality, tourism, medical, banking, high technology and more. For example, a company may request to concentrate in specific vocabulary used by the pharmaceutical industry or other specialized industries.

Cross-Cultural Communication Programs
Necessity may be the best word to describe the role cross-cultural skills play in today's global business environment. Cross cultural skills development for individuals or groups can be conducted at one of the campuses or company's location. Programs vary in length from a few days to a week. International Negotiations for Executives

Per credit tuition $1,299
Spouses of students per credit tuition $1,299 
Foundation Fee $625
Credit $429.00
Professional Development Courses (3-4 required) $975

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