International Business Seminars

Program Reviews

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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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Valkyrie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was fortunate enough to attend the Winter Southeast Asia seminar in Thailand & Vietnam this past winter break and not only learned a plethora about international business, but also grew as a professional and a person. I met new peers and friends, made professional contacts and saw a part of the world I never would have on my own. I got great value for my money and am anxious to go abroad with International Business Seminars again. As an international business major, IBS Abroad gave me the international experience I needed to confidently apply for jobs overseas. The two week seminar also counted as three credits towards my undergraduate degree, which was the cherry on top to an amazing experience.
Thank you International Business Seminars!

What would you improve about this program?
No improvements needed! However, I do recommend for participants to bring just as many casual clothes as professional and be prepared to pay for meals other than the amazing breakfast buffets offered by the hotels and 5 other lunches & dinners.
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Melissa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose an 11 day trip thinking that was going to be so long, but the second I came home I wished I had stayed so much longer! International Business Seminars was an adventure in disguise because who would have thought studying abroad would lead to so many fun quests? I had the opportunity to network with other students who were aspiring business professionals as well as learn from local executives about their industries and companies. There was a pleasant balance between professional commitments as well as downtime to explore wherever your heart desired making plenty of time for explorations! I met so many people, made several new friends, explored new places, and even got to see the inner workings of some pretty interesting business related areas of a few companies! I can't be more thankful for time with International Business Seminars and I am sure I will be back!

What would you improve about this program?
I think it would be cool if there were more optional group activities in case you didn't want to come up with an idea of things to do every day and try to find people to do it with!
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Brooke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I could not have imagined going to Europe through any other program. They are very accommodating to all types of situations, whether you want to use this seminar as a credit or not, and even if you’re a nonbusiness major. This program really gives you the freedom to immerse yourself in the culture as much as you’d like, through all the free time you have to explore the cities. If I had to try and convince one of my friends to choose IBS over any other program, I would show them all the amazing pictures and sights I got to visit. Along with explaining we got to visit really interesting companies including Swarovski, World Trade Center, and even Cailler chocolate factory.

What would you improve about this program?
To maybe find an translator in every country to help teach us little phrases in all the different languages
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Elise
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose to attend the Summer Europe trip with IBS versus another program because I wanted a program that would lead me to multiple European countries while also helping me with my future career. IBS stood out to me because it was led by experienced business professionals that would teach me while also giving me room to learn on my own. I liked that IBS was academically focused because it gave me an added perspective on each city compared to just visiting. From my experience abroad I learned to be confident in myself. I think this simple fact made the trip worthwhile. I was able to face new challenges and adventures everyday which gave me more confidence in my own abilities. I was able to use what I have learned in the past to help me in each new situation.

What would you improve about this program?
Have more personal interaction with the presenters at each company.
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Gilda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This trip is absolutely amazing! You get to visit 6 different countries in a good period of time. What's so great is you get to learn about different companies, and how they are so different to the U.S. Your learning experience is not in a classroom, what could be better than that! I loved being able to try so many different food, and being able to see all the beautiful places in every country. I would definitely take this trip all over again if I could!

What would you improve about this program?
Possibly explaining on the amount of free time we actually have