The International Business Institute is designed to give students in economics, business management and related areas a distinctive opportunity for a term of study that incorporates the international dimension of these fields in an experiential context overseas. The program is ten weeks in length and includes periods of residence in key locations as well as coordinated visits and presentations in the major political and economic centers of Russia, The European Union, India and China.
An essential purpose of this program is to encourage and facilitate the integration of academic study with the international field experience. The academic work is conducted in a variety of settings from the usual classroom to corporate headquarters, manufacturing plants, and the offices of governmental or international agencies.
There are several features that make this program particularly distinctive. First, there is a significant degree of involvement by a distinguished group of faculty and lecturers drawn from leadership posts in private business and finance, government and academic life. Students are given an opportunity for personal and in depth contact with these persons beyond the usual classroom or lecture presentation. In the past, these have included parliamentary leaders, cabinet officials, top management personnel, and outstanding academic figures.
Second, the program concentrates on visits and contacts with leading companies and institutions in the fields of economics, business and finance, as well as national and international governmental agencies. These have included Mars Candy, IKEA, Ahold, John Deere, Deutsche Bank, WTO, European Union, Nestle, Black and Decker, Shell Oil, and the OECD.
Third, the academic or classroom work includes the standard level of coverage in an on campus course but is coordinated with the enriching and complementary field seminar experiences and visits along with the guest faculty. This combination provides the student with the intellectual and analytical background and then confirms that with the field experience and personal contacts with guest faculty and resource persons.
For further information contact:
Dr. Vince LaFrance, Managing Director
International Business Institute
One College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Office : (717) 796-5364
Fax: (717) 691-6057