Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)


Business Administration: International Business

The international business program at BGSU prepares students for success in the global economy. The program is a specialization within the business administration bachelor’s program (BSBA). 

International business students gain the skills and knowledge top employers value: 

  • How to effectively manage and communicate across international borders
  • Cultural differences and their impact 
  • How to successfully evaluate global business strategies and marketing 

The international business program encourages study abroad. We offer a range of opportunities at partner universities in countries around the world. You can even earn a second degree when you study for a year with one of our European partners.

Given its interdisciplinary nature and flexibility, the international business specialization is a great complement to other business specializations at BGSU. It is easy to complete dual specializations in areas such as marketing, management, finance or supply chain management.

International business also is available as a minor.

Why study international business at BGSU in Ohio?

  • Extensive opportunities abroad. The Schmidthorst College of Business offers ample study abroad opportunities with university partners around the world.  Sessions can last anywhere from a few weeks to a full year. Scholarships are available to cover partial to full costs. 
  • Ohio Export Internship Program. BGSU is the only northwestern Ohio university in this program. We work with the Ohio Department of Development to offer an export-focused class and prepare students with critical skills to succeed in a career of global trade and commerce.
  • Students in the class are eligible for international business internships focused on global trade.
  • Immersive education. Gain job experience as early as freshman year. Over 73% of business graduates complete one or more internships. Nearly all interns are paid, with an average salary of $19 an hour.
  • Active student organization. Consider joining our Global Management and Leadership Society. There’s no better way to learn how to work with a team, run a meeting, organize events and expand your knowledge of international business.
  • Business-specific scholarships. Apply for more than $1 million in scholarships. 
  • Expert faculty. Our faculty members are world-renowned thought leaders whose trailblazing research is published in leading business journals and shapes the future of business practice and theory. Our teaching faculty remain actively involved in industry and bring current issues into the classroom. 
  • Invaluable industry and alumni partners build connections and open doors. They share their knowledge, mentor and hire students for internships and full-time jobs. 
  • One-of-a-kind dual degree option. While earning your BSBA from BGSU, you can attend the renowned Ecole de Management in Strasbourg, France, to earn a Bachelor of Arts in European Management.
  • Business District Learning Community. Learn and live with other business students.  You’ll find a sense of community, opportunities to interact with business faculty and industry professionals and the chance to go on field trips and to conferences.

Ranked among the top business schools in the U.S. for student experience

Poets&Quants, 2023

Career – what can you do with a specialization in international business?

Your international business degree equips you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the intricacies of global business environments. 

The majority of BGSU international business graduates have jobs at graduation, with an average annual salary among the highest in the state.

Our comprehensive curriculum prepares you to be a valuable asset for multinational corporations, government agencies and organizations engaged in international trade and operations.

With an international business degree, you can embark on a career as:

  • An international marketing manager who shapes global marketing strategies and expands businesses across borders
  • A global supply chain management professional who optimizes the flow of goods and services on a global scale
  • An international finance manager of multinational corporations' financial operations
  • A trade specialist who facilitates international trade and navigates complex regulations
  • A global consultant who helps companies understand the intricacies of international markets

Career paths

  • International trade specialist
  • Compliance specialist 
  • Management analyst
  • Supply chain management professional
  • International marketing manager


Median starting salary for BGSU business graduates –
among the highest in Ohio


You will take a comprehensive set of courses in the international business specialization, as well as introductory courses in core business subjects such as accounting, economics, business analytics, business communication, finance, supply chain management, marketing and information systems.

International business students study a diverse range of subjects, including:

  • International economics
  • Global marketing
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Finance
  • Business law
  • International trade
  • Ethics 

You also have the opportunity to minor in a foreign language. 

Required courses

International Business

Sample courses

  • Business in the Global Arena
  • Global Management
  • Global Strategy
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Supply Management and Global Sourcing Strategies
  • International Marketing

One of only 6% of business schools with AACSB accreditation, the highest accreditation possible

Schmidthorst College of Business Specializations

The flexibility to complete one or more of our 12 specializations distinguishes us from other universities – and gives you a competitive edge in the job market.

  • Accounting
  • Applied Business Economics
  • Business Analytics and Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Individualized Business
  • Information Systems
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Services Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Premier entrepreneurship program

The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at BGSU is one of 20 centers worldwide recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

We weave entrepreneurship into all business programs and offer an entrepreneurship minor.

You can take courses in:

  • Real estate entrepreneurship
  • Women and social entrepreneurs
  • Nonprofit and corporate responsibility
  • Innovation and disruption

Top business leaders and entrepreneurs-in-residence bring real-world experience and expertise to our curriculum. A mentorship program connects students with alumni and industry leaders.

Thanks to an incubation program funded by alumni and supporters, more than $800,000 has been provided to student entrepreneurs to start their own ventures.

Updated: 10/25/2023 12:50PM