International Business Seminars

 International Business Seminars - Testimonials


“It was an amazing trip and I wanted to thank everyone for all their efforts from the logistics of the scheduling to the varying elements you included in the program. It was the perfect balance between academics, being exposed to the culture and being able to explore the cities as well as having time for the fun, entertaining things each city had to offer. Being a non-traditional student, I appreciated the inclusiveness I felt. In my current role as I interact with students at NIU, I will encourage them to take advantage of any opportunities they might have to study abroad. It was an impactful trip!”

– Northern Illinois University, Winter One 2017 Alumni

“Through the various company visits, I was able to gain insights on how businesses operate in Europe and how these operations compare and contrast to that of companies in the United States.  At each company I learned of cultural differences and how such differences impact the ways in which the companies do business.  Outside of the company visits, we had the ability to explore each of the cities we were in.  Through the exploration of each city and interactions with local citizens, my assumptions of other cultures were challenged.  Each and everything that I did, from eating at restaurants and visiting attractions to seemingly simple things such as asking for directions, was a new learning experience.”

– Northern Illinois University, Winter One 2017 Alumni

“When I first began my journey on the International Business Seminars Winter One program, I was nervous, excited, and intrigued.  I had only been to Europe once, and did not know anyone going on the trip.  However, my excitement overcame my nerves because of the amazing opportunities that I knew were lying ahead of me abroad.  The ability to visit some of the companies that I would soon visit were nearly a once in a lifetime experience.  IBS Winter One exposed me to an entirely new side of the international business world, while simultaneously broadening my knowledge of European culture. ”

– University of Mississippi, Winter One 2017 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

“This trip not only taught me a lot about reginal business environments, but I also gained lifelong friends, invaluable experiences, and a newfound curiosity for the world. Because of my time traveling with International Business Seminars I have officially began to peruse a minor in International Business. I have also applied to study abroad once again in Germany. My trip with IBS has opened my mind to so many more possibilities the world has to offer. I hope to continue travelling and eventually make an impact in international business.”

– University of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Winter One 2017 Alumni

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“When I initially learned of this trip I thought, “Why would anyone pay that much money to go to Europe and do school stuff.” It hadn’t even been a possibility of going until I discovered I could use the seminar to help me reach my graduation deadline on time. I thought it was a bit expensive until I did my research and spoke with other students.

For the airfare, accommodations and foods we had, it was a pretty solid offer. But when you throw in all the knowledge gained and bonds forged with other students, it becomes a real bargain. I thought the places we stayed were excellent. All of them were located in the city center next to restaurants, local attractions and transportation. Believe me, I know what it is like to stay in a hostel on the outskirts of town and have to commute in and out. Overall, I feel that my educational experience was by far enriched, and I would to thank Dr. Brenenstuhl for creating and fostering such a great academic program.”

– California Lutheran University, Winter Two 2017 Alumni

“As an international student from Vietnam, I am familiar with traveling and always excited to explore new destinations. Additionally, this trip could provide me with up to six credits that allowed me to be able to graduate in May. After discussing different options with my family and friends, I decided to join the program and have my first trip to Europe. This trip gave me so many opportunities to fulfill graduation requirements, to travel to different parts of the world, to meet my best friends I had not seen for several years, to make friends from lots of places in the U.S., and to grow tremendously both personally and professionally.”

– Northern Illinois University, Winter Two 2017 Alumni

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“I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the International Business Seminar. It was an incredibly surreal experience. I was truly in “awe” the majority of the time I spent in Europe as I had never left the U.S.A. before that time. I would recommend that future MBA students highly consider participating in this once in a lifetime experience as I do believe that it had changed my life and opened my eyes to new experiences. I was able to meet some interesting individuals from all over the world. It is now my goal to find an international business job that will allow me to travel some to Europe.”

– California Lutheran University, Winter MBA 2017 Alumni

“I had the opportunity to attend the International Business Seminars Winter MBA program to Paris and London. The seminar was the most fascinating, well planned trip I have ever been on. The seminar was my first time traveling overseas. I have always been very nervous to travel to a foreign country, especially one that does not speak my language. IBS does a very good job of making the experience for a first time traveler friendly. The experience gave me confidence to travel to a foreign country again in the future. “

– University of Alabama, Winter MBA 2017 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

“The IBS tour was excellent exposure to several different aspects of international business. From risk analysis at the World Bank to weapons and defense at Lockheed, the exploration of what it means to operate in an international market is endless. Overall, the tour was a great educational, cultural and life experience. Being surrounded by so many intelligent, inquisitive people (both presenting and within the group) definitely improved my business acumen and curiosity.”

–University Of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Winter MBA 2016 Alumni

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It was a worthwhile experience. I was able to learn how differently foreign businesses operate compared to those in the United States. I was also able to learn about the overall cultural differences between US society and those of other cultures.

– Northern Illinois University, Winter Southeast Asia 2017 Alumni

I gained a greater understanding of Vietnam’s history and culture, and an idea of where Thailand will be heading in the future. If given the chance to do it again, I definitely would.

-University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Winter Southeast Asia 2017 Alumni

I think this was an amazing experience in terms of personal and professional growth. You simply would not get these types of interactions in any other situation.

-Northern Illinois University, Winter Southeast Asia 2017 Alumni

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I figured we’d go to a few throughout the trip and sit through boring, redundant slideshows. I’m happy to say that this assumption was wrong, and the business visits were some of my favorite highlights throughout the entire program. Each company gave us a warm welcome, and truly seemed to enjoy sharing their company with us. This study abroad experience is so much different than any that my friends have been on in the past, and I feel that I’ve really grown as a student, as a future employer, and as a human being thanks to this program.

– Murray State University, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni

“IBS Summer Europe 2015; it was a trip of a lifetime. This adventure was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I always knew I wanted to study abroad but wasn’t sure what type of program would be right for me. I decided to explore a study abroad fair at the school that I attend, North Dakota State University, to see what my options were. I met Jia Xie from IBS and he told me all about their seminars. While I am not a business major, the amount of time and countries visited sounded perfect for me.”

– North Dakota State University, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni

“Making the decision to finish my degree with the IBS Summer Europe student program was one of the best I could have made for my education. Not only did I supplement the remainder of my degree with an array of international experience, networking, and valuable education, but I fostered relationships that will last a lifetime.  I look forward to using this experience throughout my career in order to better understand, serve, and assist the business community to the best of my ability.”

– University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni

“All in all, the IBS Summer Europe 2015 trip opened my eyes to the rest of the world. I learned how Europeans do business and how they live life. I learned what they did different than Americans and what they do the exact same. I now truly understand the importance of studying abroad, and will advise any able person to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”

– University of Mississippi, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni

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“The trip to China was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.  We all got to eat different foods, meet new people, try new things, and also learn how business works in a completely different environment.  The most enjoyable part for me was learning about the different businesses and what makes them tick.  What surprised me most was the innovation process that most all of the companies had to go through to make a profit and to be successful in China.  Almost every company we visited stressed the importance of innovation and how your company must adapt to the Chinese market and gain the respect of the people or you will not succeed.”

– University of Mississippi, Summer China 2017 Alumni

“China taught me two very important things that I will cherish forever in my future life.  Number one is that the world is very similar when comparing and contrasting China to the United States and no one should be treated differently for we are all apart of one giant earth that has multiple different playgrounds. Secondly, being in China without the ability to communicate has presented a goal setting moment for me.  That goal is that I will begin learning a foreign language as soon as I am done studying for my CPA exams this summer.”

– Kansas State University, Summer China 2017 Alumni

“Ever since I got back from the seminar, my business mind has opened and expanded measurably. On my college campus, I have been extremely entrepreneurial. In fact, myself and two others who went on the seminar with me started up the first professional business fraternity ever to exist on CLU’s campus. We are projecting to have at least 40 pledges rush the fraternity. I have also worked on developing a website for my dad’s real estate development business, reinforced my resume and LinkedIn profile, and taken up an apprenticeship with one of the most prominent real estate agents in Los Angeles. I can honestly say that if I did not attend this trip, I don’t think that I would be as ambitious as I am right now. Summer China awoke a sleeping dragon that was dormant in my brain.”

– California Lutheran University, Summer China 2017 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

“I would recommend China to anyone, especially someone looking to step outside of their comfort zone and experience a truly different way of life. I couldn’t be happier that I decided to go, and signing up by myself made it all the more exciting. The company visits on the trip is what ultimately tipped the experience from good to great. It’s hard to have a great time when you don’t enjoy the people around you. I can honestly say that I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to travel half way around the world with. We all connected on a certain level and encouraged each other to try new things. Being surrounded by such optimistic attitudes and intelligent minds challenged me to absorb as much as I possibly could. I have made such positive, lasting memories that I will look back on and appreciate for the rest of my life. What a great way to see the world and make lifelong friends in the process!”

– Louisiana State University, Summer China 2017 Alumni

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“Looking back on the program now that it is completed, I can say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Getting to know other students from around the country and asking questions first hand to people that work at the companies we visited, truly broadened my knowledge. This was a profoundly enriching experience that will not only impact me in the friendships I have made, but also the unending urge to return to these same locations to show my family these wonderful places. Additionally, I have a new perspective on how Germans and Austrians go to business.”

 – Northern Illinois University, Summer MBA 2017 Alumni

“Overall I’m very glad that I took this trip. I was able to learn a lot about myself since I came into this trip not really knowing anyone else. I was able to expand my network and make some really great friends on the trip. I’ve been able to gain a better understanding of how businesses are ran in international companies and got to learn about some things that were foreign to me. I really enjoyed a majority of the company visits and was able to learn something new through the visit or gain a better understanding of how something can be done with different resources.”

– Northern Illinois University, Summer MBA 2016 Alumni

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