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Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to build your resume while you experience the world, learn a new language, and make international friends. As an American university in the historic center of Rome, Italy, John Cabot University allows you to become a part of our international campus community representing 70 countries while you experience the incredible city of Rome. We accept st...

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On Semester in Florence, you will be a local in one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Florence is an amazing location for cultural immersion, and Florence University of the Arts focuses on creating an outstanding cultural environment where you'll be able to nurture your talents. You can take courses in a wide variety of subjects. Here, you'll experience incredible local restaura...

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Spend a semester or academic year in the modern and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Courses are taught in English or Spanish, and no previous Spanish language study is required. AIFS in Barcelona offers students the opportunity to take courses in Spanish language, business a...

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Our French Language Immersion & Area Studies Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses and to introduce you to contemporary France and its role in the European Union. A beautiful city on the Loire River, Nantes is the perfect place to perfect your French. For more than 50 years, this program has been offer...

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Spend ten weeks interning and studying in one of the most important capital cities in the world through Boston University's Washington, DC Summer Internship Program. More than just the capital city of American politics, Washington, DC also plays an important role in the sciences, law, business, the arts, and media both nationally and internationally. Program participants enroll in one course an...

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With China's growing presence in international markets and its influence on global economics, a sound knowledge of international business issues is becoming increasingly important for university graduates seeking roles in both international and local organizations. The BA International Business program at the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University will provide students with an additional language ...

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Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

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As a student in the SU Madrid program, you will start your semester abroad by embarking on one of four amazing traveling academic experiences, aimed at giving you the best introduction to Spain and Europe. During that time, you'll also meet fellow classmates and key SU Madrid staff and faculty. Once in Madrid, you will take courses at the SU Madrid Center, located at the Instituto Internaci...

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London Graduate Internships: Apply Now! International experience is highly regarded by today's employers. Through full-time corporate placements, complemented by academic study in an intensive one-year program, the Mountbatten Institute equips recent graduates and young professionals with the diversity of skills necessary to top an increasingly competitive labor market. With c.150 trainee...

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Securing your working future Experience the great Queensland lifestyle and build up your CV by working while you study. Griffith’s 5 campuses are located in sub-tropical South-East Queensland, Australia which averages 300 days of sunshine per year. Enjoy either the relaxed, beach lifestyle of the Gold Coast, or the bustling, inner-city life of Brisbane. The Community Internship is a c...

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Study Liberal Arts & Sciences at the VRIJE (VU) University of Amsterdam. You can join a low-cost program offered by CSA, and earn credits. The program is open to all students and adults worldwide. A transcript will be issued by VU. Cultural activities and excursions. Low cost housing options are available. Participants can choose between Semester, Year, Quarter, Summer, and Monthly terms. They ...

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Students who study with API in Rome at the Lorenzo de' Medici - The Italian International Institute, can choose from courses in Italian Language, International Business, Humanities, Liberal Arts, and Studio Arts. API students will have the opportunity to earn 12-16 semester credit hours, depending on their course selections. Courses are available at lower and upper-division levels. Language cou...

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With 40 years of academic excellence in Spanish studies, Spanish Studies Abroad specially designed the Spanish Studies Program for Spanish language students entering the advanced-level with a wide range of academic interests. The program integrates thoughtful synthesis of homestays/life in the residencias, study visits, language exchanges, volunteer, and other cultural opportunities into the cu...

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The Chiang Mai program is the perfect opportunity to live and study in a lively, vibrant city in one of the most scenic areas of an already very beautiful country. The program is ideal for students who are interested in the economics, philosophy, politics, religions, culture, and language of Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, in a city that is manageable, walkable, exotic, and unforg...

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Studying International Business Abroad

Studying international business abroad provides an excellent opportunity to experience world travel and develop people skills that are essential to working in the field of international business. Whether you choose to focus on economics, marketing, or finance while studying international business abroad, be prepared to learn a system different from your own in both theory and practice. Every country conducts business a little different, by studying abroad you will learn how to adapt your business model and mind set to any country and culture.

Why Study International Business Abroad

When studying international business abroad, you will develop observational skills that will greatly improve your sensitivity to different cultures and people. People skills are essential to a successful career in international business, and by studying abroad you will learn the practice of observing and adapting to cultural customs different from your own.

It’s always important to abide by the local customs when conducting business in a foreign country instead of following a model associated within your country. This will establish a personal relationship with your business partners that is crucial to successful business and will demonstrate your understanding and appreciation for their culture. Through travelling and studying different international business models, you will develop an adaptability to cultures that will reflect positively on your personal identity and ability to interact cross-culturally.

Locations

No matter where you decide to study international business abroad, you are sure to gain beneficial academic and professional experience. There are business programs located all over the world that are open to international students, the following are a few specific countries that are worth noting however.

England is often grouped together with North America to form “the western world,” which often mistakenly implies that the cultures are the same. While the U.S. and England share very similar customs relative to the rest of the world, there are many subtle differences between the cultures that are important to note when considering studying international business in England. One major difference between the cultures is the concentration of people to an area. England’s population is roughly one fifth of the American population with only one fifteenth of the square mileage. This creates for very thriving cities in England with many business jobs and internship opportunities.

The population of London specifically has been exponentially growing as a result of immigration which has transformed the identity of the nation as a whole into a global center of culture. The range of diversity allows international business students the opportunity to learn the business customs and social aspects of a variety of nations and cultures, making England a perfect location to study international business abroad.

If you are looking to completely submerge yourself into a culture different from your own, there are no shortage of opportunities to study international business in China. As a leading nation looking to progress in the modern world, studying business in China will expose students to the customs and business practices of Chinese culture as well as one of the more important languages in the business world. In addition to taking fundamental courses in your focus area, you will slowly pick up on the cultural etiquette of China, such as the importance of receiving a business card with two hands. Though some customs may seem difficult to adjust to at first, overtime the experiences will become keys to good personal and business relationships in the future.

Argentina is a major participant in the world of international business, and also holds cultural practices that are unique to the rest of the world. Students studying international business in Argentina will have access to a wide variety of classes in environments that will also teach them the ways of Argentine culture and people. Argentinians stress the importance of building close personal relationships with their business partners, so it is common to ask about each others families in business meetings and even to kiss one another on the cheek as a greeting. This informal nature is important for students studying international business to experience, as it can likely aid in successful business interactions under the same format in the future. Spanish is not a requirement to study abroad in Argentina, but language study is often paired with business classes, adding to the benefit of programs.

Courses & Programs

The types of international business courses offered abroad are typical consist of subjects such as economics, business management, and finance, but the way in which courses are taught will vary greatly between locations. Studying abroad will intro students to unique cultural features that will help them understand a wider range of audiences and clients, or at least be more open and aware of different cultural practices.

While some international business study abroad programs will focus on regular classroom lectures, others will include travel throughout the country, and some will even involve travel across an entire continent.

Most students who study international business abroad will focus strongly on cultural studies and cultural integration. As a fast and ever growing field, international business can at times break the barriers of cultural differences. By studying international business abroad, you will have the chance to study and witness globalization first hand, and learn about its effects on modern business.

It is very easy to find business courses taught in English in almost any given country, if that is what you prefer. But if you are looking to develop your language skills, you will also have the opportunity to take courses in the local language in many locations. It can also be beneficial to take a communications or linguistics class to better understand the cultural specifics of communication in that country.

Courses in international business are available abroad year-round. Experience is typically not required to study international business abroad, but some programs may ask for a year or two of relevant university course work.

Benefits

By studying international business abroad, you will being yourself one step closer to the world of international relations and cross-cultural interactions. Through learning business concepts and practices used in a new culture, you will sharpen your ability to be attune to different settings. These skills will come in handy when conducting business in any country you have never been to, which is sure to happen when you begin working in the field of international business.

Having practiced your ability to observe and adjust to different cultures, you will know what countries you must be polite and formal in, rather than casual and personable, or which cultures admire negotiation and which ones do not. You will be able to attribute your learned ability to recognize cultural differences to your experiences traveling and studying abroad, so the more cultures you experience the better.

Strong travel experiences and a good academic record are going to stand out to any potential employer or client in the business world as well, so begin your extensive and promising travel resume today by studying international business abroad. 

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