International Business

Students are prepared to work for organizations including the:

World Bank
United Nations
International Monetary Fund
Federal Government
State Governments
Multinational Corporations
International divisions of US-based Companies

Here’s what our students say about the International Business specialization:

I have always known that I wanted to work within International Business, and in our globalized world, what business isn’t essentially international in one way or another? I came to BGSU as a Dietetics major, but Day One I walked straight into the College of Business and told them that I wanted to study International Business, and that’s a decision that I have never regretted. I’m now earning my BSBA degree, specializing in both International Business and Management and minoring in French. The IB specialization offers students a great value with its flexibility, great professors, interesting and globally oriented courses as well as amazing opportunities to study abroad. I was fortunate enough to spend the summer after my sophomore year studying International Marketing, Intercultural Management, and the European Business Environment at Audencia School of Management in Nantes, France. The IB specialization at BGSU has really pushed me towards being a global citizen and given me such a competitive advantage to market myself in today’s  global business environment.

Erica C Nieminen
Class of 2015

When I began taking classes at BGSU I knew I wanted to learn more about international business but lacked direction.  After taking the introductory International Business courses, I realized my career aspirations could best be fulfilled by specializing in International Business. Since then I’ve enhanced my language capabilities in Spanish and spent an interesting summer semester in Spain. My experience abroad gave me a better understanding of the concepts we were learning in the IB courses.  The IB specialization complemented the other courses I took during my college tenure, truly making my time at BGSU an excellent learning experience. The IB specialization is an informative and engaging program with highly-skilled faculty who are committed to providing global perspectives and helping students achieve their goals. Once I began searching for my first job, I found that my IB specialization and international experience were very attractive bullet points on my resume.   I am now a financial analyst for the Global Financial Planning & Analysis team at Avery Dennison, a global Fortune 500 company. I use the skills learned in the IB specialization on a daily basis, whether it is dealing with my international counterparts in Asia and South America, analyzing business trends in all regions of our division, or focusing on global strategies. I’m looking forward to an exciting and rewarding career knowing that my coursework in International Business has prepared me to be an effective global manager.  

Vince Provenzale
Class of 2010

I graduated in May 2007 at BGSU with a BSBA after studying International Business.  My time at the university was very rewarding. Many activities on campus allowed me the opportunity to further my education outside of the classroom, including the International Business Association (IBA).  The IBA is comprised of American and International students interested in networking and discovering more about international business.   I served as the organization’s treasurer and then as president in my senior year.  The IBA took a trip to Chicago where we explored the city's jewelry and diamond trade as well as taking a private tour of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  The IB specialization at BGSU helped prepare me for the real world and set the stage for me to have a successful career.  Today, I work for DayMark and was recently promoted to a National Account Manager.  I manage our sales for the southeastern US which includes distributors and independent sales reps and interact frequently with companies that distribute our products to the Caribbean and South America. I use the skills and lessons taught in the classroom daily working with our vendors and customers.   The IB specialization helped me grow as a student and as a professional.  I am very thankful for the excellent professors and quality of education I received in the IB specialization.  

Olivia Richman
Class of 2007

As an undergraduate student at BGSU, I combined my International Studies degree with a minor in International Business. This provided me the opportunity to explore the socio-economic needs of developing countries, while also becoming more culturally aware of business customs across the globe. I found the program to be informative and engaging with highly-skilled faculty who are committed to providing global perspectives and helping students achieve their goals. Since graduating, I have traveled across Europe, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa for various work related assignments and truly believe the International Business minor provided the right mix of technical and leadership courses to enhance my awareness of a multi-cultural business environment.


Eric Daugherty
Class of 2008

International Business specialization students learn how to:

Effectively manage and communicate across national borders.
Examine cultural differences and their impact in the global business arena.
Understand the differences between domestic operations and international business.
Develop skills in evaluating market entry strategies and alternatives in different countries.
Analyze the effects of human capital and financial resources on global marketing strategies.


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