International Business


International Business

By choosing this specialization, you will learn how to effectively manage and communicate across international borders; these are skills top employers look for in new employees. You will gain knowledge on cultural differences and their impact in the global business area, developing skills that are critical to evaluate market entry strategies and alternatives in different countries.  

International Business offers nationally recognized chapters of professional student organizations, a large base of scholarship support, and a tradition of success. The college maintains close ties with both regional and national businesses, expanding job opportunities for students as they graduate from the program (and often even before they graduate). The college is accredited by AACSB, a credential that only the top 2 percent of colleges and universities worldwide achieve.

Graduates of this program are prepared to work for international organizations, including:

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

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

"The international business 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 studying international marketing, intercultural management and the European business environment at Audencia School of Management in Nantes, France. This specialization has really pushed me toward being a global citizen and given me such a competitive advantage to market myself in today’s global business environment." -Erica C Nieminen

"I spent an interesting summer semester in Spain, which gave me a better understanding of the concepts we were learning in class. Once I began searching for my first job, I found that my 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 I learned on a daily basis, whether dealing with my international counterparts in Asia and South America, analyzing business trends in all regions of our division or focusing on global strategies." -Vince Provenzale

Summer trip to China

As an extension of the program, Dr. Man Zhang, associate professor, offers a summer education abroad program in China each year for BGSU students. The 2018 program is scheduled for mid-May to mid-June. This is a great opportunity to learn more about both business and culture while earning BGSU credits in a short timeframe outside of fall and spring semester commitments. Space is limited; contact Dr. Zhang today at to learn more.

“I was very nervous to go to China because I had never travelled internationally before, but everyone made me feel at ease. Looking back, I’m amazed that I was able to learn how to negotiate with shop-keepers on the prices of product I wanted to buy! Being with others in this program made this experience so much more rewarding because we were all faced with the task of learning about a new environment together.” -Summer McVick, 2017  

“Our guest speakers helped us a lot with our business projects. They helped me learn that the way I was approaching the Chinese market was slightly off, and that I had to rearrange my whole paper. But, as they helped me understand, I’d rather put in the extra work and be right.” -Garrett Frye, 2017

“Overall, the trip was a very interesting experience that everyone needs to have at least once in their lives, considering how much of an impact something like the Silk Road had globally.” -Alexis Allen, 2017  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Business Administration are expected to be able to:

Goal 1: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate competency in business knowledge and its application

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental knowledge in accounting, economics, finance, business statistics, operations & supply chain management, business law, organizational behavior, marketing, information technology, management science, and global strategy.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using business-related software applications.
  • Demonstrate competency in integrating knowledge across business disciplines.

Goal 2: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate competency in applying appropriate problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills.

Outcome: Students will -

  • Identify a business problem, develop and critically evaluate alternative solutions, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Assess the outcomes of a course of action and make appropriate adjustments.

Goal 3: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Effectively write a business document.
  • Make effective oral presentations in both individual and team settings.
  • Demonstrate the understanding and application of teamwork.

Goal 4: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will recognize the ethical aspects of business.

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Recognize the context of the ethical situation (economic, legal or cultural).
  • Define the ethical responsibilities of business organizations.
  • Describe the ramifications of unethical behavior.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Business Administration program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing. For more information, click here

The Business Administration program, Accounting specialization, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing. For more information, click here

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Business Administration program does not lead to professional licensure.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Business Administration program, Accounting specialization, leads to professional licensure. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Business Administration program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


  • Accounting
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Analytics and Intelligence
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Individualized business 
  • Information systems
  • Information systems, auditing, and control
  • Insurance
  • International business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Services Marketing
  • Supply chain management