University of South Carolina CIBER
INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE IMMERSION: International MBA (IMBA)
A unique opportunity to become a multinational leader through a dynamic learning process: Language Immersion, Globalization and the International Context of Business, and Corporate Internship
Language Immersion: The International Marketplace Immersion begins with language immersion in country. Each student participates in an intensive language-training program in partnership with an in-country institution. Through this program, students increase their language fluency to a level sufficient to participate in business and social conversations. In addition to classroom work, students will be given assignments to practice language and to immerse themselves in the life and culture of the city and country where they are studying.
Globalization and the International Context of Business: An extended course taken while in-country completing the International Marketplace Immersion, gives students an understanding and appreciation of the unique market dynamics that provide the context that must be considered when making business decisions in their international region. Students are given frequent assignments that put their language skills to work and help them learn to fit into the market around them. The assignments during their language immersion help students develop an understanding of the region and prepare them for their corporate internship and strategic consulting project. Contextual Intelligence assignments will continue during the internship and consulting project to provide both a process for learning and support for an enhanced experience. Students will not only work day-to-day for their companies, but they will also learn how to be more effective working within the business dynamics of that particular region.
Corporate Internship: A central part of the IMBA program is an internship with an international company in the region of a student’s language training. Students build on core classes and language training by working in country– gaining real-world work experience that adds value to job placement and career development. International students may choose to pursue an internship with a multinational company in the United States instead of a different international location.