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International Business Institute

International Business Institute

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 exposes students to both mature and developing economies through periods of residence in or near internationally powerful cities, emerging economies and less developed regions. 


IBI transformed me from an ordinary business major to a global student.  No other education does that.       - Hamilton O. Smith, IBI 2017



There are several features that together make this program 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.  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 US Embassies, European Central Bank, WTO, OECD, KPMG, E&Y, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Ford Motor Company, Stanley Black and Decker, SAP, Credit Suisse, Allianz Global Investors, Chef Middle East, Control Risks Services, Intel, Nestle, Hershey, etc.

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 grounds it with the field experience and personal contacts with guest faculty and professional practitioners.

Fourth, while students examine the international dimensions of business they interact with foreign cultures and get exposed to a significant percentage of the world's population.  The program deepens faith and perspective on God's work in the world by bringing students into contact with numerous historical places/events, ministry organizations, Christian churches and tranditions.

Contact Information:

International Business Institute

One University Avenue

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

(717) 796-5364

2024 IBI Program Details & Application Instructions

The application window for Summer 2024 is now closed.  Please check back in early September for Summer 2025 information and application instructions! 

2024 Program Details

Depart May 13 - Return July 7, 2024

2024 Itinerary  - India, Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Czech, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom.

  • The program included travel by plane, train & coach.
  • Students earned 12 credits by completing courses in 1) Comparative Economic Systems, 2) International Trade & Finance, 3) Global Marketing, and 4) Global Business Strategy (online)
  • Departure/Return to/from east coast USA


What is required to participate on the IBI program?

  • Students are generally eligible after the successful completion of 75 credit hours.*
  • Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses
    • One year of economics, both micro and macro elements           
    • One course in accounting or finance
    • One course in management  
    • One course in marketing   

*Please check with your faculty advisor or the IBI office for specific information.

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