To succeed in an increasingly diverse and interdependent business environment, business and community leaders must possess cultural competencies. Tippie College of Business students are encouraged to develop multicultural skills through study abroad and advanced foreign language study. Consider the possibility of studying marketing in Thailand, or economics and development issues in Ghana. Studying overseas lets you take classes you would probably never be able to take here at home, and you may gain perspectives unimagined in the U.S. classroom.
“On any given day last year, Tippie College of Business students were managing accounts in a London advertising agency, meeting with corporate executives in Greece, or immersing themselves in the emerging markets of mainland China.”
The University of Iowa administers a large number of study abroad programs, and programs offered by other U.S. colleges and universities are also available to University of Iowa students. The Tippie College of Business has worked closely with Study Abroad to suggest some programs that fit different Business majors/minors particularly well. These programs may include General Education options, prerequisites for admission to the Tippie College of Business, business core requirements, major requirements, business electives, and intensive foreign language study. Consider your academic needs and your academic goals at the time you wish to study abroad. Use this information sheet, talk with your academic advisor, work with an advisor in the Study Abroad office. You’ll find a program that fits your goals.
The programs listed below were chosen because they offer a broad palate of issues in different business areas, strong basic Business courses, unique cultural experiences, or specialized internship options. While we suggest you look at these highlighted programs first, feel free to browse the programs section of the Study Abroad website, explore an online directory of study abroad programs, and consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room.
Tippie College Programs
Semester and Year-Long Programs
Vienna University Business Exchange
UI students are able to take advantage of exceptional instruction in the field of business and commerce at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien - WU). The WU offers a wide range of Courses in English to students with little or no knowledge of German. Alternatively, for those with a command of the German language, WU offers more than 2000 courses.
UI College of Business-Frankfurt Exchange
The University of Iowa and Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität have established a reciprocal exchange program which allows undergraduate students to study for an academic year or the spring semester in Frankfurt, Germany. The exchange program is particularly suitable for business students and for German majors pursuing a Certificate in International Business.
American College of Thessaloniki
The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is an independent, not-for-profit, U.S. accredited liberal arts college offering a number of academic disciplines, including Business Administration, Greek Civilization, English Literature, History and International Relations, and Psychology.
Participants in this program (located in Paderno del Grappa, Italy) take courses emphasizing current international events in the fields of business, economics, journalism, communication studies, and/or engineering. Semester participants take 12-18 credits and Summer Session students receive 6 credits. All faculty and students are drawn from American universities, and all courses are taught in English. Information about current course offerings is available here.
Stephanie Yousef at the top of Mt. Olympus, Greece
Tilburg University Business Exchange
The exchange between the UI and Tilburg University in the Netherlands offers English-language courses in business administration (accounting, applied microeconomics, finance, production management, international marketing, and electronic commerce) as well as other subjects. The exchange is suitable for upper-level business majors and students pursuing an International Business Certificate.
CIEE Barcelona Business and Culture
The Business and Culture program aims to help students develop competency in the Spanish language while studying Spanish culture and issues related to business in Spain and the European Union. Students begin or continue their Spanish language study while taking academic content courses in English or Spanish.
CIEE Palma de Mallorca Business and Tourism
The Business and Tourism program in Palma de Mallorca is designed for students with academic interest in studying business, tourism, and/or hospitality alongside Spanish students in a direct enrollment environment. This program will give students a global perspective on issues related to business and tourism and help them develop management skills for future leadership.
Summer and Short-Term Programs
Undergraduate Business Program in London
Students may study international business in London during this 15-day program offered during December/January intersession. The course is taught by a Tippie College of Business Faculty member and is worth 3 s.h. Class varies from session to session; check with UPO adviser to determine how credit applies to major, elective, or IBC.
Business and Culture in China
May Session in China: Beijing and Shanghai
Students will explore the business and cultural environment of China during a two-week study program in China in May. Topics may include Chinese business culture and relationships, local companies going global; business strategies of multinational companies in the Chinese market; US-China trade relations; entrepreneurship, and many others. Students will receive 3 s.h. worth of credit.
London Summer Internship Program
Early June - Late July
Students interested in gaining professional experience abroad may wish to consider this eight-week summer program in London. Internships are available in virtually all professional fields: private sector businesses, law, professional associations, NGO’s, schools, hospitals, political parties, policy think tanks and lobby groups, and many other areas. All internships are non-paid. Students will receive 6 s.h. of UI credit.
Paris Summer Internship Program
Late May - Late July
Students interested in gaining professional experience in a business setting while practicing language skills may wish to consider this eight-week program in Paris. Internships are available in many fields including business, finance, economics, television, film, journalism, arts, culture, health care, education, advertising, marketing, and PR. All internships are non-paid. Students will receive 6 s.h. of UI credit.
Madrid Summer Internship Program
Early June - Early August
Students interested in gaining professional experience in a business setting while practicing language skills may wish to consider this nine-and-one-half week program in Madrid. Intern placements are available in many fields and placements are determined by your interest, prior experience, and language skills. All internships are unpaid. Fifth semester proficiency in Spanish is required. Students will receive 6 s.h. of UI credit.
Hong Kong Internship Program
Early June - Early August
Students interested in gaining professional experience in a business setting while practicing language skills may wish to consider this eight-week program in Hong Kong. Intern placements are available in many fields including finance, marketing, PR, advertising, publishing, among other industries. All internships are unpaid. Students will receive 6 s.h. of UI credit.
General Study Abroad Programs Offering Business Courses
Iowa Regents Semester in Australia
Direct enrollment at University of Newcastle. The Faculty (college) of Business & Law offers courses in accounting, economics, finance, information technology, management and marketing. Fall or spring semester options.
USAC Direct Denmark
Semester options at the Copenhagen Business School, offering business and economics classes applicable towards core degree requirements, along with a complement of other courses with an international scope. Courses are taught in English and are attended by local Danish students and other international students. A voluntary crash course in Danish is available. Visit USAC's website for more information.
USAC Business, Architecture and Italian Studies in Turin
Italian Studies Program, Turin, Italy: Offered as fall or spring semester, an academic year, as well as an intensive summer session at the University of Turin's Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale, this program's curriculum is designed to address core degree requirements while providing a complement of courses with an international dimension.
CIEE Business and Society Program in Seville
This fall or spring semester program offers juniors and seniors an opportunity to examine Spanish Business management and economics in their political and socio-cultural context. The academic program combines business, economics and language coursework with visits to local businesses and industries. Informal internships are an option for participants with the requisite language proficiency and relevant skills.
USAC International Business, Spanish, and Cultural Studies in Bilbao
The USAC program in Bilbao offers courses at every level of Spanish language study. Alternatively, students can take less language and choose from several business courses taught in English to fill out their semester. Business electives have included: Business Strategy, Corporate Finance, Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union, Global Economics, International Management, and Marketing Principles. Internship placements at libraries, small businesses, schools or service organizations can be arranged for students with an advanced language level in Bilbao. These practicas are un-paid, but convey elective academic credit.
Hawkeye pride in Edinburgh, Scotland
Iowa Regents Semester in Wales
Direct enrollment at University Wales-Swansea. The European Business Management School offers a wide variety of courses with direct applicability toward UI Business majors and the International Business Certificate.
University of Strathclyde Exchange
Direct enrollment at the University of Strathclyde. Strathclyde's Business School offers students a wide variety of courses that can apply to UI Business majors.
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
A membership organization of more than 200 institutions of higher education around the world, including the University of Iowa, that are committed to international exchange. ISEP is designed for independent, self-motivated students who are prepared to enroll directly in regular courses at an institution abroad. Because ISEP is based on the reciprocal exchange of benefits, each participant pays little more than they ordinarily do to study at the University of Iowa.
To participate in ISEP, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and an appropriate level of foreign language proficiency if studying in a non-English-speaking country. Some ISEP sites are highly competitive. Search through ISEP's programs for opportunities in English and the language of the host country.