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A group of KU business students and international business lecturer Dan Galindau visited the Black & Veatch offices in Beijing on May 18, 2017, as part of a short-term study abroad program.

KU School of Business programs prepare students to be globally competent

The University of Kansas School of Business has a long history of instilling in its students a global mindset.

With opportunities to study abroad and events and programs about international business topics, the school aims to teach students the importance of global competence.

In 1993, the business school established the Center for International Business, known today as the Center for Global Business Studies. For more than a decade, the center enjoyed national recognition as a Title VI national resource center for international business education. Today, the center coordinates and supports the internationalization of students and faculty, and helps guide the school’s strategy for international initiatives, curriculum and policies.

Study abroad opportunities

The school’s Center for Global Business Studies serves as a resource for students looking to study abroad.

KU business students can choose from nine short-term programs that travel to China, Cuba, Costa Rica, India, Israel, Northern Europe, Panama, Slovenia or South Africa. Semester-long and other program options include an even wider selection of destinations. In addition to focusing on business practices in other countries, some programs center on topics such as marketing, supply chain and entrepreneurship.

An increasing number of business students are choosing to study abroad each year. Over the 2016–17 academic year, 306 business and pre-business majors participated in study abroad programs. Spring 2017 business graduates studied abroad in a total of 27 countries.

Just in May of 2017, KU business students studied abroad in:

  • China
  • Cuba
  • Northern Europe
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa

Over the summer, KU business students participated in programs located in:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Thailand

Exploring international business

The KU School of Business also offers events to students, faculty and industry partners that explore pertinent themes in international business.

On April 18, the school hosted “Mexico, the Heartland and NAFTA,” in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City and the Kansas Department of Commerce. The event featured Kenneth Smith Ramos, an expert on U.S.-Mexico trade and provided timely information on the importance of trade with Canada and Mexico to the economies of Kansas and Missouri. Mexico was the top market for Kansas exports in 2016.

Chuck Ballard, export compliance director at Miller & Co., speaks at the “India: What’s Next?” international business conference March 31.

On March 31, the school, in partnership with EY, hosted “India: What’s Next?” which featured a keynote address by Patrick Santillo, minister counselor for commercial affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

Krishna Ghimire, left, and Dr. Ranu Pal, an associate researcher at KU’s Higuchi Biosciences Center, kicked off the “India: What’s Next?” international business conference with a performance at Capitol Federal Hall on March 31.

The conference was the third of its kind. In 2013, the school hosted its inaugural international business conference, “China Emerged: Rethinking Your Global Strategy,” and in 2014, the event explored Brazil and its business environment. Previous conference panelists and attendees have included business executives, industry experts and government officials. Each conference also has incorporated cultural components of the respective country, such as music, food and dance.

Exposure to the international dimension of business is required of all students at the KU School of Business. The International Dimension Requirement ensures that all students graduating from the School of Business have taken steps toward cross-cultural competence that enhance their business degree. All business students complete globally focused coursework, foreign language study, or study abroad.

Students can also participate in the Global KEY Certificate Program, overseen by the Center for Global Business Studies, which helps them further develop cross-cultural skills during their time at the business school. Working closely with EY (formerly Ernst and Young), the school has developed the Global KEY Certificate, which is designed to help business students supplement their academic program with choices that will help them develop a global mindset. The certificate requires a combination of on-campus classes, study abroad and experiential learning opportunities designed to help a business student develop an openness to diversity across cultures and global markets.

The KEY Global Competence Certificate is a hands-on approach to acquiring cross-cultural skills during a student’s time at the KU School of Business. Students start the journey by attending a KEY Symposium where they learn about opportunities to enhance their global knowledge and hear from business executives about the value of that preparation for business professionals today. As students opt into additional international experiences, they gain access to study abroad scholarships to enable them to spend a semester abroad. Upon return, students will work closely with international business faculty while completing a global collaboration activity.

In addition, students can earn a concentration in international business. The concentration involves proficiency in a foreign language (completion of the school’s International Dimension Requirement Option №1) and 12 credit hours from a selection of courses focused on international business topics.

Learn more about the business school’s international business offerings on the KU School of Business website.

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