International Business Seminars

International Business Seminars

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Since 1976, International Business Seminars (IBS) has operated over 570 individual seminars taking more than 25,000 students to Europe and Asia on an experiential learning experience that has its focus outside of the classroom, unlike many other study abroad programs that focus on in-class learning at foreign universities. Instead, with IBS students visit the organizations that keep our globalized economy turning day-in and day-out, you learn from the foreign business executives that keep this system in motion! The overall purpose of our programs is to allow participants to be exposed to the international business environment and practices outside the United States. The seminars provide insight into the cultural, social, and political environments of each country visited. We feel this is a unique way for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in international business practices while experiencing the excitement of traveling outside the United States.

Founded
1976

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Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IBS did a great job getting us in with companies that not only provided a lot of information on business/living in China, but with people who are clearly passionate about their jobs and open to speaking to students. They also did a great job planning out tours for us and providing information and recommendations for us to do on our free day. The staff with us also did a great job at keeping us informed on any schedule changes and made sure to communicate them with us during the trip. I also enjoyed that they made sure we would have an afternoon free on days of company visits so we could still explore the cities later in the day. The staff at IBS did an amazing job at working with a group of us when our flight got canceled and helped us keep track of our luggage and even make a schedule change so we wouldn't miss a company visit. All in all, a fun trip and a great experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I would've like to have a full free day in Beijing like we did Shanghai. I also felt we probably could've been out there for a few more days.
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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IBS is such an amazing program! I attended their summer Europe seminar and it was such an awesome experience. You get the time you want to immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy the different cities while also studying the different business practices! I'd have to say my favorite part of the trip was that it was the perfect amount of time to be out of the country. Other programs offer a semester long experience but I did not want to miss everything that was happening on my own campus. IBS gave me the opportunity to travel without experiencing the FOMO (fear of missing out) that I had about traditional programs. The staff on the trip were very experienced and were able to help me with any problems that occurred on the trip and knew what to expect at every turn. I would recommend this program to everyone!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Learn to live out of a suitcase for 3 weeks! ORGANIZE
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Sean
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IBS offers a great opportunity to go abroad without spending the time and money required for a full semester. I had never left the country before my trip, and it was definitely helpful to be guided for that experience. Though we were not in any one place for very long, I got a taste of each of the six countries we visited, and I now plan on returning someday.

Another interesting aspect of this trip is that it was not a conventional study abroad trip. I was not in a classroom at any point while I was overseas. Instead, we visited various companies everywhere we went, and we learned about how businesses are run in each of the places we went. This offered us insight to foreign perspectives that we may very well come across in the professional world.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I had a horse meat salad in Italy. It was basically an appetizer, and it was very stringy and salty. Someone else at my table got calf brains as his main course for that meal.
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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience was unique because I got to travel through six different European countries in three weeks time. Instead of sitting in a classroom in each of these countries, we got to visit and learn about these amazing international businesses. It was so cool to hear from actual companies about how the market in their home country and abroad. I also really enjoyed the number of places I got to visit. Once we got to each new city, we had an orientation, where our leaders taught us how to use public transport and find everything throughout the city center. This on boarding session made me feel a lot more comfortable in these foreign cities. IBS made it really easy to see so many different places and have so many fun experiences everywhere we went.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment I had was paragliding in Innsbruck, Austria. We were offered a number of adventure experiences through Innsbruck Tourism Board, and that was what I decided to do. It was quite scary knowing that I would be flying off of a mountain by a parachute, but it was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had.
Lexie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The 11 day trip allows you enough time to get used to being a new country but not so long that you have to give up responsibilities at home. Having a full-time job makes other study abroad opportunities too difficult to make work. IBS offers shorter trips that allow you to learn and also become a great traveler. Its also great being thrown into a new environment with people you don't really know and making friendships and bonds with new people. Its also great that there is time to have our own time and also group activities. The activities that are provided show the rich history of China that many travelers aren't aware of. The hotel accommodations are also wonderful. You have the freedom to do things on your own or with friends you've made.

What would you improve about this program?
I would add another city, I know they said they used to do it but I think that adding a lower tier city would help to really show how different China really is. Being in 2 big cities you forget that most of China isn't like that expect when you're on the train and see all the farm land.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Melissa Scheve

Melissa is a Business student concentrating on Human Resources in her junior year at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She intends on graduating in late 2020. During her studies, she realized there was a different level of learning environment she wanted to pursue and so she set out on a path of exploration to different worlds through a study abroad program.

Melissa Scheve

Why did you choose this program?

Taking the leap decision to travel for some of my studies was motivated by my need for hands-on learning. How was I truly going to find out select intel in the perspective of executives from foreign countries? By meeting them in person, listening to their presentations, and asking as many questions as possible! International Business Seminar’s Winter Two program provided me with that and the ability to explore a new city on my own with other students providing the perfect grounds for an all around incredible networking experience! I was also able to do this for course credit even though it was over winter break.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

One of the main reasons I chose IBS specifically was because of their logistics package. I didn’t have to schedule a single flight, hotel, nor most transportation. My only responsibility was to make sure I got on the correct metro line! If problems arose involving any of those things it was not me who had to fix it and that allowed me to fully enjoy the experience instead of focusing on all of the minor details.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

You will meet so many new people in such a short amount of time so do all you can to take it all in! Being actively mindful on journeys like this let you embrace it in a more intimate way allowing you to hold those memories and moments for a very long time. Even though there are a ton of things on the daily to-do list, it is important to try to take it slow!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Wake up in your nice hotel to a complimentary buffet style breakfast before you start your full day. Attend meeting wherever location may be around the city and network for a bit. Then the afternoons and evenings were mine to explore and indulge in my new surroundings! This could mean dinner and a stroll around town, a river cruise, museum tour, or live play!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Before traveling with strangers to new places, I was worried I wouldn’t find anyone that happened to want to visit the places I wanted to visit in my free time. In reality, it ended up being there were so many students with the same interests as me that we would end up hanging out often allowing us to build relationships over the whole trip.

Was it difficult to travel to a country where your first language is not the main language spoken?

I was not required to learn the full language, but I thankfully had enough time to prepare and was able to learn at least the basics to get around. Once I got there with my toddler knowledge, I quickly realized how easy it would have been for me to learn the full language had I been there a little longer because the locals were more than helpful to answer my broken sentences and many actually spoke my native tongue so the barrier I feared wasn’t really there at all.

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