International Business Seminars

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“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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“International Business Seminars would allow me to network internationally and would add a competitive edge to my resume.”

– California Lutheran University, Winter One 2019 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

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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, but it was also an opportunity to immerse our ways of thinking into 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 a 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 the 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 experienced, 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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“I still cannot believe how lucky I am to have been so submersed in the culture of both Thailand & Vietnam while on my International Business Seminar program.”

– University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Winter Southeast Asia 2019 alumni

“This seminar, I believe, has really set me up for success in my education as well as my career in the future.”

– University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Winter Southeast Asia 2019 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 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 the 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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“The lessons you will learn and the amount you will grow as a person is unbelievable. You are capable of much more than you think. Don’t be scared to get on the plane and see what the world has in store for you.”

– Louisiana State University, Summer Europe 2019 Alumni

“I may have learned more about myself than I did about any company or country.”

– University of Alabama, Summer Europe 2019 Alumni

“Everyone that presents is so excited that they are able to share what they know and love with the next generation and have more knowledge on business than I could ever hope to have. They are the reason that these trips are amazing learning experiences.”

– Louisiana State University, Summer Europe 2019 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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“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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“I came out of this seminar filled with ideas for making business operate smoothly during the worst of economic times. The insights shared with us about Japanese business responses to the global pandemic were incredible. I learned some Japanese and a lot about our virtual tour destinations, Himeji Castle and Kiyomizu-dera.”

–Thunderbird School of Global Management, Virtual Japan alumni

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