International Business Seminars

International Business Seminars - Testimonials


“I can admit that when I left the U.S. for this seminar I was very smart, independent and capable, but also shy, insecure, and doubtful of my abilities, which has oftentimes prevented me from taking chances or stepping outside of my comfort zone. Even making the decision to attend this seminar was difficult for me because I wasn’t sure what to expect and didn’t know any of the other students who would also be attending. I was truly traveling alone for the first time in my life. It sounds like a cliché, but I would be doing myself and the International Business Seminars (IBS) program a disservice if I didn’t divulge that as the seminar came to an end, I felt transformed, confident, and empowered to take on new challenges. That’s a feeling I’ve been chasing throughout my entire academic and professional career, and now that I have it, I know that I can always rely on it for my future endeavors.”

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“The International Business Seminar trip has proved to be one of the best decisions I have made in college thus far. In the beginning, I was uncertain and anxious about traveling abroad with a group of strangers. Two and a half weeks later, I had traveled through 5 countries across Europe, made incredible memories, and gained some amazing lifelong friends. The Winter One International Business Seminar is described as an opportunity “for students to use their experience and research to determine trends, threats, problems, issues, and implications for businesses while developing global competency” according to the IBS tours website. Based on firsthand experience, I can attest to the fact that the trip helped to enhance our problem solving skills, global competence, and knowledge about European cultures.”

– Louisiana State University, Winter One 2018 alumni

“I am so glad that I was able to study abroad with the IBS team. This was an eye-opening experience and I am so happy that I learned so much about the international business side of the world. I also loved all of the different cultures I was able to experience in just two short weeks. I am now very interested in specializing in international business to add to my marketing degree here at The University of Alabama and I am excited to see what that all has in store for me!”

– Murray State University, Winter One 2018 alumni

“Winter One with International Business Seminars was one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had, I met some great people and created amazing memories that I will never forget. I am so happy I decided to take part in this program and I am grateful for the experiences that I had while abroad. Going into this program I wasn’t sure what to expect, I had only heard things from my friends that had attended the seminars in the past. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join this program and be a part of something that I will remember forever. IBS provided me with once in a lifetime opportunities to visit and tour companies that I never would’ve thought of and meet with executives that you wouldn’t typically get the chance to meet when just visiting for leisure. I will definitely recommend this seminar to anyone that is interested in it. I didn’t know this seminar would lead to such amazing experiences and many new friendships along the way, so thank you IBS for a truly memorable experience.”

– California Lutheran University, Winter One 2018 alumni

“All in all I would not have changed one thing about this entire experience. The amount of useful information that I learned in 15 days that I know I will use from this point on in the rest of my life, I would say, was more than I learn from an entire semester of regular university classes. Along with the lifelong friendships that I know I have made on the trip, IBS Winter One was one of the greatest experiences I have had in my life. It met and exceeded all of my expectations and gave me a cultured view of Europe that has supplied me tools I will need and be able to utilize in the next stage of my life, graduating and discovering the world outside of school. ”

– Ashland University, Winter One 2017 alumni

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“There is something to be said for the personal growth gained through this experience. I cannot effectively put words to what I have taken away from this journey. Not only was this an educational experience catering to international business, it was also an opportunity to immerse our ways of thinking into a totally unfamiliar territory. I met people along the way that have forever changed my views of the world, and I reunited with friends that will never know the influence they have had on my life. In only ten days, twenty-six years of life as I knew it had changed. I am a different person for the better. Arriving as forty individuals, traveling as a network and departing as a family, this journey has been deemed a success.”

– Louisiana State University, Winter Two 2018 alumni

“It was my dream to visit Europe, but I never thought I would be ever able to go to any European country, as I’m not US citizen and it will be hard for me to get a visa. This winter my dream became reality because of the International Business Seminar (IBS) Winter Two program. The Winter Two program provided me with the wonderful opportunity of visiting two countries, the United Kingdom (UK) and France. This study abroad program not only provided the business perspective of two countries, but it also offered an enormous amount of valuable cultural experience which I will remember for rest of my life. The business perspective of this program included visits to different companies, which were not limited to just business discussions and gave me the insight to observe many other aspects of the business world. I’m still in disbelief that within two weeks I was able to visit some of the world’s most famous tourist places, explore new cultures, travel on my own, and most importantly it evolved me both as a person and student.”

– Northern Illinois University, Winter Two 2018 alumni

“The Winter Two Seminar I attended was a truly enriching and enlightening experience. Being able to experience new cultures and get insight into the international business world first-hand is something that would benefit anyone in their career, schooling, or everyday life. I can already see how I will be able to use these experiences and information in my future. This IBS program is an incredible way for students to get experience in the business world in a setting that is more comfortable and safe, but not so structured that you are not able to do things on your own and create memories that you prefer. The Winter Two Seminar was ideal for me because it gave me the structure that I needed to have experiences, but it also gave me all the resources I needed in order to go and find things to do on my own as well. The program really gives you the opportunity to have your own experiences and really make the trip your own and I would definitely recommend it to anyone asking about it in the future.”

– Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Winter Two 2018 alumni

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“I knew that the opportunity to travel to Europe for the International Business Seminar (IBS) program was a once in a lifetime experience that I knew I couldn’t miss. Although I had been to Paris and London once before, coming back and experiencing the two cities with a mind for business prompted an entirely new experience altogether. Through nine presentations from various European companies and speakers, I felt that I developed new perspectives on global business and international affairs. Even more so, the lessons I encountered beyond the classroom provided an even greater insight into my understanding of the world as we know it— everything from interactions with locals to observed cultural differences, to conversing with the different students I traveled with from across the country— all served to elevate and enhance the sense of wisdom I took back with me to the United States.”

– California State University, Fullerton, Winter MBA Europe 2018 alumni

“The IBS Program was a life-changing experience. After undergoing this trip, I feel comfortable to travel anywhere in the world and can lead others who have not traveled internationally before. The interaction with the upper management of these large corporations in a globalized setting has prepared me to be able to do business outside of the US when I graduate. Although I am currently working towards a specialized marketing degree, being exposed to every part of a business from financial numbers to day to day operations was very eye-opening.”

– University of Alabama, Winter MBA Europe 2018 alumni

“Words can simply not describe how incredible of an opportunity this trip was. It was worth every sacrifice, every penny, and every moment of my time to go.”

– Northern Illinois University, Winter MBA 2017 Alumni

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“When I boarded the plane to travel to Southeast Asia on New Year’s Day I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea how much I would come to value the people I met, the businesses I visited, the food I ate, and the lessons I learned. My biases were challenged, and I felt that I truly grew as a person. By going a world away, I had come back with worlds of wisdom”

– Northern Illinois University, Winter Southeast Asia 2018 alumni

“When you look up study abroad programs, they often advertise benefits including meeting and experiencing new people, customs, ideas and perspectives as well as seeing new places and traveling in a foreign place. During this 13 day trip, all those things happened and more. I made new friends and gleaned a lot of valuable life lessons and perspectives from them during the industry visits as well as the cultural visits and during our free time in between.”

– California State University, Fullerton, Winter Southeast Asia 2018 alumni

“‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page’ -Saint Augustine. As our group read this quote on an elevator wall on our way to a Skybar in Vietnam, we could not help but to admire the phrase as it spoke to all of us on so many levels. We all agreed that our experience abroad with International Business Seminars had changed our lives for the better. I have been wanting to study abroad for as long as I can remember. I had the opportunity when I was younger but I did not take advantage of it due to lack of support and being too young to push for it myself. I always regret not going so when I heard about the International Business Seminars programs and realized that it was possible for me; I knew I had to do everything in my power to attend. A chance to travel, college credit, a spot on my resume; the opportunity seemed too good to be true. I worked hard to be able to attend 2018 Winter Southeast Asia and it was worth all of it. I came back to America with more knowledge than I could have imagined, new motivations, and a whole new network of friends.”

– Louisiana State University, Winter Southeast Asia 2018 alumni

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In the end, this truly was the ultimate business seminar trip for a young college student. In a little less than a month, I experienced so much more than I could have ever imagined. I laughed, I loved, and I cried. I made lifelong friends, both foreign and domestic. I had so many firsts on this trip but am determined to not make them my last. My eyes have been opened to the wonders across this great world and I can’t wait to see where I end up next. Lastly, I can’t thank IBS enough for giving me this opportunity. It truly was the greatest time of my life, and an experience I will hold close to my heart forever.

– Louisiana State University, Summer Europe 2018 Alumni

“When I left for my seminar I was confused and thought it was a mistake; however, as I returned from Europe I was shocked at the person I became. When I looked in the mirror, I did not see “Dylan Carpenter the Biology major”. Instead, I saw a man who was capable of anything he set his mind to. This seminar revolutionized my goals for the future. With this newfound love for business, I have decided to minor in business with the hopes of being able to open my own clinic in the future. This seminar was truly a life-changing experience that will not be forgotten soon. I have made friends and connections from all across the world. I have experienced places others only dream about. But most of all, I have found my purpose in the world. I could never thank the professors, companies, and the International Business Seminars enough for the experience they provided me during the Summer Europe 2018 Program.”

– The University of Mississippi, Summer Europe 2018 Alumni

“I had traveled outside the country before but this trip helped me find my passion and what it takes to get there. I now know that I want to continue my international business experience and find a career that allows me to do that. This trip allowed me to converse with people from all over the world and get a better understanding of just how different the business cultures are. One thing that really stuck with me about doing business in Europe was the language barrier. But after conversing with many people who came to visit with us, I now have a base understanding of how I can overcome that barrier in the future. Overall, I learned more professionally than anything school could have taught me.”

– Louisiana State University, Summer Europe 2018 Alumni

“Attending the IBS summer Europe seminar was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This trip provided me the opportunity to work on and improve many aspects of my life and helped me learn and grow in ways I never thought about. As a student, I feel more motivated and inspired to gain knowledge in business outside of accounting. As a person, I gained countless positives from this trip, but I made some great friends who I have stayed in contact with and look forward to continuing talking to. As a young businesswoman, I feel prepared if I ever need to engage in international business because I learned a lot of proper manners in each country.”

– Northern Illinois University, Summer Europe 2018 Alumni

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“Thank you for all of the eye-opening experiences that I had. I learned about government anti-corruption initiatives, censorship, real estate development opportunities, American and Chinese economic differences and relations. I learned how to be more brave and independent in navigating public transportation. The metro system in Beijing was so easy to use as well as taxis in Shanghai. Everyone in the group and the tour guides were so helpful planning activities during our free time. I made many new friends that I will be happy to network with in my career.”

– Northern Illinois University, Summer China 2018 Alumni

“I am so fortunate to be able to travel at such a young age because I am doing things that
people my age only dream of being able to do. I think traveling around the world teaches you more than any classroom can teach you because you are immersed in the cultures that you decided to visit. Furthermore, traveling allows you to widen the views that you have on life and allows to be appreciative of what you have.”

– Louisiana State University, Summer China 2018 Alumni

“I signed up for the trip without knowing anyone else.  It was a risk that had stressed me out greatly before the trip.  Throughout orientation and on the first day in Beijing I was able to meet amazing people who would laugh with me during the fun times and aid me in hard times.  On this trip, I was able to meet friends that I see myself remaining friends with for life.”

– Northern Illinois University, Summer China 2018 Alumni

“Without a doubt traveling across the world to China to learn international business has been one of the best experiences of my life. Learning foreign culture in my mind is essential with the multicultural dynamic that intertwines in our nation. In order to develop the best relationship in a business negotiation and to have the best success rate with someone who is from a foreign nation, it is essential to understand what culture and mindset that individual comes from in order to have the best success rate. Based off the wide range of business seminars my colleagues and I ventured upon, I now feel I have a strong advantage over another student in my realm of expertise and am confident that landing future job positions will be easier. International Business Seminars provided me the opportunity to push my intelligence further outside the classroom, and learn far more in a short time span upon international business than I expected. The contrast between cultural tours and business seminars was divided up sufficiently.”

– California Lutheran University, Summer China 2017 Alumni

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“My excitement for the trip was mostly for an architectural experience. Little did I know that the 10 days in München and Praha would make memories that will be with me forever. I am very thankful for IBS for putting together the trip. Their guides and the accompanying professor were very knowledgeable about the cities. They made suggestions on places to eat and were readily available for any questions that I had. “

 – Northern Illinois University, Summer MBA 2018 Alumni

“The impact of my trip would not be complete if it were not for the people I was fortunate enough to travel with. There were 18 in all, and many from different parts of the U.S.  It is not always easy to travel with strangers, but the people I met and explored with are now good friends of mine. It was in large part to them that the trip was such a success and had such a positive impact on me.”

– Northern Illinois University, Summer MBA 2018 Alumni

“The study abroad trip to Europe was an important period in my life.  It gave me exposure to experiences and personal development.  It had a deep effect on me since I was able to meet people and businesses from different cultures with different perspectives and practices.  In terms of self-development, it deepened my passion for languages and networking with other NIU students.  We had a great team altogether from students to IBS and NIU staff.  It was a positive experience that I will never forget.  I work for a global company that has recently started sending our back office accounting activities to Budapest which is in the heart of Europe.  I have been open to work from that office so having gone to Europe this summer has broadened by horizon to know what to expect and not hesitate to go there for an assignment in the future.” 

– Northern Illinois University, Summer MBA 2018 Alumni

“I do not believe I would have gained such an excellent business understanding had I have gone on this trip by myself or through another organization. The trip not only allowed me to have firsthand experience with cultural differences but enabled us to interact with businesses dealing with these differences every day.  I look forward to using the knowledge I have gained for years to come.”

– Louisiana Tech University, Summer MBA 2018 Alumni

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