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Northwest Missouri State University

International Business

International Business majors are distinguished from other business majors by competence in a foreign language and having completed at least six hours of business courses in another country. More and more, employers are aware of the benefits of international study and are seeking it in new hires. Studying abroad demonstrates that you are an independent person, capable of taking reasoned risks, and that your worldwide is broader than that of many potential hires.

A International Business graduate from Northwest stated, "If you want to differentiate yourself in the eyes of a future employer, a degree in International Business is the clear choice. It meshes the competency of a management or finance degree with the spirit and confidence of an adventurer. An International Business degree isn't a ticket into a specific career path, but rather a platform from which you can jump in any direction. With an entire globe of opportunities out there it makes sense to have the degree that is relevant to them all."

Beyond the advantages for your career, studying abroad may be the greatest adventure you'll ever have. You'll spend time with students from many other countries, discussing cultural differences and similarities. You'll cook for each other and even visit each other's homes. You'll keep up with these friends after your term abroad. You'll become aware that other countries are different from the U.S. and what the reasons are for those differences. As you come to appreciate other countries, you'll appreciate your own country even more.

All international business students are required to complete six credit hours in an international experience.


There are a number of programs to select from and you'll need guidance during that process. Stop by the study abroad office for information to help you decide.


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Semester and Year Magellan Programs


AustriaVorarlberg University of Applied Sciences

Dornbirn, Austria

Dornbirn is nestled in the Austrian Alps in the Four Country Region where Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein meet. It is the biggest city in the region of Vorarlberg and the economic center, but it is still able to preserve its charm and an impressive mixture of rural and urban architecture. With its young, colorful and active cultural scene, the town has much to offer young people in particular. Sports enthusiasts also enjoy the numerous sports activities available in Dornbirn and the surrounding area.

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HECHEC Management School - University of Liege

Liege, Belgium

Liege is less than 35 miles from the borders of Germany and The Netherlands.  Inhabited by the Romans, modern-day Liege is well over 1,000 years old.  It is known as the Passionate City for its hearty welcoming nature and also as the Fiery City – it took Charles the Bold 6 weeks to burn the community to the ground in the 15th century.  Sitting at the crossroads of rivers, highways, and rail lines, Liege is well-connected to major cities in Western Europe and is the third largest river port in Europe.  Once a coal mining area, Liege is noted for its steel and weapons manufacture.  It is also a major commercial and convention city.

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HassPXL University College

Hasselt, Belgium

Hasselt is the capital of the Belgian province of Limburg.  It is located 45 miles east of Brussels, in the Maas-Rhine region.  Established in the 7th century, it did not receive its current name, which refers to hazel wood trees, until 1165.  The city came under the rule of the Prince-Diocese of Liege in 1366 and became a French territory in 1794.  After Napoleon’s defeat, Hasselt became part of Holland; it finally became part of Belgium in 1830.  Hasselt is a regional commercial center and is known for the production of genever, a gin flavored with juniper berries.

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Costa Rica

CRLatin American University of Science & Technology 

San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.  ULACIT is located on the outskirts of San Jose, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica.  San Jose is bustling with commerce and an improved tourism industry.  Located in a tropical rainforest, San Jose offers easy access to nearby sites such as Arenal volcano, Monteverde Rainforest, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

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IBAInternational Business Academy    

Kolding, Denmark

One of the most popular locations in the west of Denmark, Kolding is conveniently located for rail and air transportation.  Though rich with culture and a thriving business sector, Kolding is also surrounded by a beautiful countryside, close to woods, water, and beach.  Since English is taught in school from a young age, most people in Denmark speak English.

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1Lapland University of Applied Sciences 

Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi is situated in the center of Lapland on the Arctic Circle at the confluence of two rivers.  The city was settled in the 1100s and is now an important tourist center with emphasis year-round on Santa Claus Village, regional arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and skiing.  Tourism is the most important industry, but technology, such as snowmobile manufacturing and information technology, is also an important industry. The culture of the traditional Sami people is a source of great pride.  Periods of perpetual daylight and twilight are experienced in Rovaniemi, as well as the northern lights.

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3Satakunta University of Applied Sciences - Pori 

Pori & Rauma Finland

Founded in 1558, Pori became an important trade center for the export of fish and timber and the import of spices, wine, and cloth.  During the 20th century, Pori became a regional cultural center supported by its lumber, cotton mill, and other industries.  Modern Pori is considered a major urban area and produces one fourth of the nation’s electricity as well as euro coins for all of Europe. Major industries include telecommunications, computing, trade and transportation, chemical and metal processing, wood pulp and paper production, and ship building.

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F1Blaise Pascal University   

Vichy, France

Located in the heart of France, Vichy is a town ideally situated in the south of the country with convenient access to Paris and other European countries.  Positioned along the banks of the Allier River, Vichy is a countryside town with a modern infrastructure and an international reputation as a spa town, whose thermal springs were a result of volcanic activity in Vichy and in the surrounding area.

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f2ESC Rennes School of Business     

Rennes, France

Rennes, Capital of the Brittany Region, is a vibrant city and the largest university town in western France with 60,000 university students (over 17% international).  Rennes is only two hours from Paris by TGV high speed train, and Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo are within an hour's drive.  The city is a leading center of the telecommunications industry with the largest European teaching-research facility in the field. Tourism, textiles, leather goods, agri-business, automotive assembly, and petroleum industries also contribute to the economy.

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g1Aachen University of Applied Sciences   

Aachen, Germany

Aachen is the western-most city in Germany and is located in the "Three Countries Corner" where Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium come together.  Aachen was established as a Roman city and became the capital of Charlemagne’s empire. The Cathedral of Aachen was the coronation site of German kings from the 700s to 1521. During the Industrial Revolution, Aachen became an important cloth producing city.  Today, it is known for its technology-related industries, chemicals and rubber products, food processing (including chocolate), and the spa industry, utilizing its hot sulphur springs.

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g2Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences    

Schmalkalden, Germany

Situated in former East Germany, Schmalkalden is approximately 110 miles northeast of Frankfurt and is approximately equidistant from Prague, Berlin, and Munich.  Located on the southern edge of the Thuringian forest, Schmalkalden is a charming city with an 1,125-year history.  It is known for its medieval town center with an impressive collection of half-timbered houses and buildings.  Schmalkalden and the province of Thuringia in general offer much to those who enjoy nature and culture.  From biking and trekking in the beautiful countryside to skiing in the winter, there are many recreational opportunities. 

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The Netherlands

n1Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam is one of the largest ports in the world, the second city and the industrial heart of the Netherlands, and the economic, social and cultural center of the Rhine region.  In addition, Rotterdam is a city of modern architecture, events, leisure, and recreation.  Its international orientation as a port and the regeneration of its city center has made Rotterdam a business city without parallel. 

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spainValencia Polytechnic University

Valencia, Spain

Located on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia was established as a Roman colony in about 200 BC.  It was later ruled by the Moors from the 8th-13th century and became an important literary and intellectual center in the 15th-16th centuries. Today, it is Spain’s third largest city and a major industrial-commercial center, producing textiles, metal and chemical products, furniture, toys, and azulejos (colored tiles). Valencia is known for its orange groves and beaches. Fluency in Spanish is required.

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University of Tasmania 

Hobbart, Australia

The University of Tasmania is one of Australia's premier universities for teaching excellence, receiving in 2015 more teaching awards than any other university. With a curriculum focused on developing multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, as well as global perspective and social responsibility, the University of Tasmania graduates are equipped and inspired to respond to opportunities and challenges in an ever changing world. The University of Tasmania provides exceptional facilities, an enviable campus lifestyle and an international reputation for excellence which means a degree from us is globally recognized.

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Summer Programs

Yonsei Summer School

yonseiYonsei is set on 250 wooded acres in western Seoul on the former site of a Yi Dynasty royal palace and is home of studies for 45,000 enrolled students, which have been recruited from the top 2% of high school graduates throughout Korea. Yonsei offers many types of facilities including on-site counseling centers, fitness centers & gymnasiums, an observatory and much more! There are 12 different locations for dining on campus and over 48 clubs to choose from. About 2/3 of Yonsei's faculty has obtained a doctorate from the U.S.

  • Dates: Late June- Mid August
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Number of Credits: 6-9 Northwest credit hours

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Prague Business Faculty-led programs

Every summer the business department organizes a faculty led program abroad. The goal of the program is to engage students to learn about the business of the host country. 

Recent Faculty Led Programs

  • Ms. Cindy Kenkel - Summer 2016 - Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria & Hungary
  • Dr. Tiebing Shi - Summer 2017 - China Program brochure and application coming soon.

Business Certificates while studying abroad

International Business Academy Danish Bachelor Degree

Danish Bachelor Degree - PB program
(Professional Bachelor in International sales and marketing management)

Kolding, Denmark

  • Students must enroll to take the PB program (Professional Bachelor in International sales and marketing) which includes a full year of study (fall and spring) plus a three month internship afterwards. The internship can be completed anywhere in the world (including the U.S.). At the completion of the program students will receive a Danish Bachelor degree.
  • The entry requirements are 2 years of study at a University level – corresponding to 120 ECTS (about 60 U.S. credits).
  • The PB program (Professional Bachelor in int. sales and marketing management) has focus on sales and marketing, so it is vital that the students have understanding in these areas.

Rotterdam University: IBEX Certificate

Rotterdam University of applied sciences

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • The International Business Experience (IBEX) semester has a solid practice-oriented program developed in consultation with the international business community. Our aim is to expose you to real-world business issues and to understand the nature of globalization and its impact on business practices in multinational firms.
  • In other words: This international semester will provide you with the key knowledge and skills that multinational companies are looking for.
  • The IBEX modules are structured according to a business model often used by big international businesses. That is why there is a strong focus on marketing and finance topics. You will attend classes side-by-side with international students and with other Dutch students from the faculties Finance and Marketing.
  • The modules are offered separately, but interconnected by a real and highly interesting project. In addition, you will visit several multinationals and some international business managers will visit the university and relate their experiences and business skills.
  • IBEX is meant for students in the third year (if four years bachelor program). Students have to apply online and will be selected; selection is by study results and letter of motivation.


  • Students must take all the core courses and at least two electives in order to obtain the IBEX certificate. Students can choose to transfer 12 or 15 credits.
  • Students can either go for fall or spring semesters.
  • It is important that students are committed to their studies as it is a challenging program.


Student Testimonials


Mallory Conley
Semester long program at Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz (Austria)

"Studying in Austria helped me understand different cultures and business. It was interesting because I had an Irish and Japanese professor which gave me insight to how business works within different cultures!"


Matt Fritsch
Business department faculty Led summer program to Shanghai, China

"Everything you see and hear in U.S. about business and culture in China we learned firsthand from our Chinese economic professor."


Tess Edwards
Spanish department faculty Led summer program to San Jose, Costa Rica

"Studying abroad in Costa Rica let me improve my Spanish and also get an inside look into how their businesses worked, it's definitely an experience I would recommend for others."

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