integrate academic study with international field experience
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.
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. 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, Barclays, KPMG, Coca-Cola, Siemens, John Deere, Deutsche Bank, WTO, European Parliament, Nestle, Stanley Black and Decker, Shell International, GM Shanghai, Ford India, Tata Consulting Group 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 speakers. 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 Suite 3042 Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 Office : (717) 796-5364 Fax: (717) 691-6057