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International Business

The dynamic changes in the world's physical, political, economic and cultural environments have created new opportunities as well as the challenge to effectively compete in the global marketplace as it exists today and will evolve tomorrow. The international business program views international business in the broad context of all business transactions devised and carried out across national borders to satisfy the organizational and personal goals of firms and individuals. 

Our curriculum is designed specifically to prepare graduates to effectively manage the change and complexity that the wave of globalization brings with it.  Special emphasis is placed on the process of foreign market entry.  Carefully articulated course offerings and contents cut across accounting, finance, management, marketing, and technology.  Notable highlights include a required approved study abroad program, proficiency in a foreign language and a minor specialization. The integrative nature of our program stands at the intersection of theory and practice to provide a balanced approach, functional specialization and a broader cultural perspective.

Employers are looking for IB graduates who have been trained not only in traditional business functions, but who also have a global perspective and understand the economic, cultural and political variables that operate in global markets. This program provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the global economy and helps you develop the skills and awareness necessary to work in international environments and with diverse cultures.

All College of Business Administration programs are accredited at the highest possible level by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). In addition, the CBA is one of only 171 schools that have earned separate accounting accreditation. The College has been consistently rated as one of the best business schools in the nation by the Princeton Review and ranked in the top 6 percent of all undergraduate programs by BusinessWeek magazine.

Our close ties to regional businesses provide many benefits for our students. Business executives share their expertise as mentors and guest lecturers in classes, and provide valuable advice on program and course content, helping to keep our curricula fresh, relevant and rigorous. Students gain valuable hands-on experience through group projects that assign them to solve problems for local businesses and by participating in co-op and internship programs at regional companies.

We are able to provide our students with training in cutting-edge technology as a result of our academic alliances with technology vendors such as SAP, Microsoft, Oracle and Xerox XMPie.

Our active student organizations enable our students to enrich their college experience by providing opportunities for them to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and even jobs. Many of our student organizations have excelled in regional and national competitions, often against highly regarded colleges and universities across the country.

Hands-on Research

You’ll work in teams on real-world business cases, applying your classroom knowledge to help solve problems facing local businesses.

UA has exchange agreements with leading universities throughout the world, enabling students to study and gain valuable business experience in such locales as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark, Japan and The Netherlands.

Recent Placements Include:

  • The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • The Timken Company
  • BNSF Railroad
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • The Bose Corporation

International Business Student Organizations

The College of Business Administration offers major-specific student groups as well as a variety of general business groups:

  • International Business Association — Multicultural dialogue among students and professionals in IB
  • American Marketing Association — Premier marketing association for students and professionals
  • Beta Gamma Sigma — an honorary fraternity for premier business students
  • Delta Sigma Pi — a professional fraternity to foster the study of business
  • Kappa Beta Delta — recognize scholarship and accomplishment in business and management
  • Enactus (SIFE) — develops outreach projects to improve quality of life
  • Student Speaking Associatio (SSA) — focus on building leadership and public speaking skills

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in international business paves the way to a variety of career opportunities as businesses seek to effectively compete in the global marketplace. Many individuals work for domestic firms dealing in international affairs, or they represent foreign firms domestically.

Internships

Research shows that employers are using internships to find qualified full time employees.  Hence, they are becoming a near mandatory means for students to make the transition from academics to business.  The strong ties between the regional business community and the University of Akron give our students a wide array of internship choices.  Our in-house internship placement program simplifies the process and improves outcomes.  IMC majors rate their internships among their best experiences in the program.

Career Outlook

The growth and complexity of international business activities and practices have increased career opportunities. Those with strong foreign language skills and a clear understanding of foreign cultures have the best job prospects.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing all required courses for their major a student must also maintain certain cumulative GPAs to graduate:

  • 2.3 overall GPA in all courses
  • 2.0 GPA in major courses
  • 2.0 GPA in business and economics courses

Graduation Deadlines

  • Spring Graduation – Apply by December 1
  • Summer Graduation – Apply by April 1
  • Fall Graduation – Apply by July 1

Academic Resources

Resources are available to help you learn more about the school and major, determine class schedules, requirements, and progress toward you degree.

Before you apply to The University of Akron, contact our Undergraduate Recruiter to answer your questions. Current UA students who want to be admitted to a major should be sure to visit an undergraduate Academic Adviser.

Graduation Planning Summary (GPS).The GPS is a document that lists course titles and additional, supplemental information for you as an International Business student. When you are admitted to the CBA, you will review the GPS with your adviser, and use it in conjunction with the Degree Progress Report (DPR) (see below). Download your International Business GPS.

Once you are admitted to The University of Akron, you’ll use the Degree Progress Report (DPR), which is an online tool you can use to view data regarding course requirements. DPR outlines your degree requirements, marks completed courses, and shows your remaining coursework.

Professional Experience

The International Business major offers professional experiences designed to help your transition into industry. Professional experiences include a course that requires a consulting project to a local business, professional workshops, and the CBA internship and cooperative education programs.

Course Availability

University general education requirements are offered each semester, including over the summer. CBA core classes also are available each semester, including summer. Please note that the number of sections available is often less during the summer semester.

Courses for your major are offered both fall and spring, although every course is not offered every semester. A list of the fall- and spring-only courses are listed below:

Fall
  • 6400:438 International Banking
Spring
  • 6200:408 International Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • 6400:323 International Law

Marketing Department

The International Business major is part of the Marketing Department. Learn about CBA information systems management students, careers, organizations that have recently hired CBA graduates, and much more on the Management Department page.

Tutoring

Once you are a student, The University of Akron and the College of Business offer tutoring services for additional help in many subjects.

  • The University of Akron offers free online tutorials for students to learn to use a variety of software programs, like Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Google Docs, and Brightspace through Hoonuit.
  • The CBA offers tutoring on business topics.
  • The main campus library has writing and math Tutoring Services. 

Student Organizations

The College of Business Administration is associated with many student organizations through which you can expand your classroom learning and enhance your leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. Within these organizations you will meet students from diverse backgrounds and will have opportunities to interact with business professionals, participate in competitions and organize community service projects. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the organization(s) of their choice.