The Best International Business Colleges of 2017
|1||University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||
The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business is basically a case study in how to best go about a well-rounded dedication to the arena of global studies. For starters, the importance placed on a global mindset at Marshall isn’t just an ideal they aim for; rather, it’s an intrinsic part of the school’s fabric. Over 70% of Marshall freshmen study abroad, and it was the first school to require international travel and study projects as a key part of every MBA degree. Even broadly as a school, USC has undergrads from more than 120 countries, and since we tend to learn from and be influenced by those around us, having an extremely diverse student body is an essential part of gaining a good understanding of international business.
Marshall offers international business at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. The undergraduate business program incorporates several non-classroom opportunities for international experience, such as its Learning About International Commerce initiative, an experiential learning opportunity that exposes students to non-U.S. business practices via a course and eight day trip abroad, or its Global Leadership Program, open by invitation to select first-year students. Living by an “all business is global” mantra, the business program includes a number of global commerce-related classes like International Business Law, Global Leadership Seminar, and International Trade & Commercial Policy. Looking to expand your global studies outside the U.S.? In partnership with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Bocconi University in Italy, Marshall developed the World Bachelor in Business (WBB) program, the first of its kind that gives students the chance to study and earn degrees at all three universities over the course of four years.
The school’s full-time MBA core curriculum further places global education at the forefront, starting students off early in the spring with a course called The Global Context of Business. This three-module course molds students into global managers via travel abroad and granular study. Another unique part of USC’s MBA is the mandatory 10-day overseas experience known as PRIME International Experiential Learning where students are given a chance to flex the international business muscles they’ve gained in the classroom in the real world. Participants visit select companies and governmental institutions, and work in teams to complete projects using their global strategy and economics skills. There’s no better real-world prep than legitimate real-world experience, right?
|2||New York University||New York, NY||
The NYU Stern School of Business consistently makes an appearance on every business school-related ranking, and there’s a reason why. Actually, there are multiple reasons why, starting with the fact that it’s one of the first higher education institutions to specialize in business management, and to create a strong research and teaching capability in the global business realm. If courses like Emerging Financial Markets, Operations in Panama, and International Social Impact Strategies sound like something you might want to learn more about (or need to learn more about), then Stern might be the place for you. It’s a decision that will pay off in the long run, too: employers of Stern grads range from Hulu to the United Nations to Credit Suisse. No matter your international business path, there’s something for you to learn at Stern. Start off by pursuing the undergraduate global business concentration, taken with a primary concentration to ensure you’re exposed to all facets of the business industry.
Stern’s International Business Exchange (IBEX) sends juniors or seniors to directly enroll in a top business school abroad, thereby developing the skills and sophistication to navigate foreign countries and prove to potential employers you have the chops to work on a truly global team. For a different kind of study abroad experience, look into the International Studies Program (ISP), part of the Edward & Nancy Barr Family International Studies Program. Selected students take a strategy-based course during the spring of their junior year that includes a weeklong trip to a foreign country to meet with high-ranking business executives based in that country. It’s a great networking opportunity that is one of the only of its kind.
|3||University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||
The University of Pennsylvania is home to the famous Wharton School of Business (which we ranked as the #1 undergraduate business school), so it only follows that it has an excellent program for global commerce as well. The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business is a four-year interdisciplinary course of study that meshes business education, advanced language training, and a liberal arts education. The best part? When those four years are over, you’ll walk away with two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the School of Arts and Sciences as well as a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
This combination of a liberal arts curriculum with more rigorous, business-specific classes truly makes for a well-rounded educational experience that will give you a unique skillset and make you stand out to employers. Perhaps a by-product of a broader education, graduates pursue careers worldwide in multiple fields instead of being restricted to just a few commerce-related industries, ranging from finance to politics to law to medicine. Students gain that much-needed international exposure as a result of the required study abroad component which dictates that each student spend at least one semester studying at a university in a region where the language they are specializing in is spoken. Huntsman Summer Study Grants and Huntsman Program internships with foreign organizations and firms further give students the chance to make the most of a global education. There is currently a grand total of 183 Huntsman students across all four classes, and the intimate program size ensures you get one-on-one attention from professors and fellow students alike to foster a successful learning environment.
|4||University of South Carolina-Columbia||Columbia, SC||
Maybe it’s in the name, but the other USC (University of South Carolina) has an equally impressive and all-inclusive approach to international business. The international business faculty, rated #1 in research productivity by the Journal of International Business Studies, helps its students excel in all areas of the field through a comprehensive curriculum of functional, regional, and thematic global business courses. The B.S. in Business Administration in International Business must be taken in combination with a second business major, offering you the perfect opportunity to build on your business prowess even more. There are five business tracks available, each focusing on a different geographic region: the Chinese track, the Middle East and North Africa track, the European track, the South American track, and the Eurasian track.
The Darla Moore School of Business houses the Sonoco International Business Department, which has not only been ranked the #1 Undergrad International Business Degree by U.S. News & World Report for the last 17 consecutive years, but also ranked as a top three graduate school for international MBA programs for 26 consecutive years. With max enrollment set at 160, it’s extremely selective, but once in students reap the many rewards of an extensive international business education. Moore gives its students the chance to participate in cohort programs, where students divide their time between the Moore School and one of several partner universities. Students follow strict foreign language requirements and spend at least one semester abroad, and this mandatory exposure early on to different cultures is what sets USC’s Moore graduates apart in the job market. If, once enrolled, you don’t want to leave —we don’t blame you!— you can pursue one of the many graduate degrees offered, such as an International Master of Business Administration, a Master of International Business, or a Dual Degree in International Business and Law.
|5||George Washington University||Washington, DC||
Located in the heart of Washington D.C. undoubtedly has a few perks, from having access to some incredible internships to being able to observe national and international businesspeople and politicians at close proximity. But location isn’t the only thing George Washington University has going for it in the international business department; experiential learning (aka hands-on experience) is the name of the game at GW. The Consulting Abroad Program, part of the Global MBA curriculum, sees all first-year students participating in one of several Consulting Abroad Projects (CAPs). Designed to equip students with the necessary skills needed in leading consulting projects, the three-course sequence gives all Global MBA students experience working on a faculty-led, team-based consultancy in a foreign country by the end of their first year of study. GW also hosts the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), which provides extensive resources for international business research. In addition to CIBER, there are 12 different research centers available for students’ use, from the European Union Research Center to the Institute for Corporate Responsibility.
In addition to the Global MBA program, George Washington has a BBA with a concentration in international business available for undergrads and a doctoral program to boot. Not sure if you want to fully commit to a global commerce degree? The Elliott School of International Affairs is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to get a taste for the international political, economic, and social sphere. In terms of study abroad, George Washington offers exciting opportunities in cities on the new frontier of business, like Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, and Mexico City. Whatever your path to international business, be it through formal education, study abroad, or an interdisciplinary international affairs program, George Washington is a great place to start.
|6||Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||
There are tons of different ways to get involved in international business at Northwestern. Starting with the Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) program, which sees 250 students participate annually in an intensive global business course aimed at providing an in-depth understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of a non-U.S. country. Students conduct international business research on a topic of interest, and further develop teamwork and leadership skills via meetings with government officials and business leaders abroad.
The Kellogg School of Management, which houses the GIM and all other business endeavors at Northwestern, also has an MBA exchange program that allows students to study abroad on six continents. Kellogg Corps, a volunteer program for students, groups together small teams on consulting projects with non-profits in developing countries worldwide. This volunteer opportunity promotes global citizenship through community development and is a unique way to expand your knowledge of international business outside of structured class and case study scenarios. Sometimes the best way to get to know a culture and its values is through interacting first-hand with the community, and Kellogg offers that opportunity in spades.
|7||University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||
If you’re looking to further your undergraduate education, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business offers full-time, evening, and executive MBAs as well as a PhD program so you’re guaranteed academic excellence at every level. The 70+ student-led groups (which provide leadership opportunities, an essential component of a successful international business career) are only one way Booth’s commerce program celebrates diversity; with more than one-third of Booth students coming from abroad and 55 countries represented on campus, the student body is truly a globally diverse group. This might have something to do with the school’s International Business Exchange Program, which boasts 33 partner schools in 20 countries worldwide.
Or maybe it’s due to the excellent International MBA program, specially designed for students who want to build intercultural management skills and a deep understanding of global business issues. Requirements to achieve an IMBA degree include five international business courses, a study abroad term, and demonstrated oral proficiency in a foreign language. In addition to fulfilling those requirements, IMBA hopefuls have their pick of coursework from other schools on campus including the Harris School of Public Policy and the law school, giving them a well-rounded education sure to benefit them in pursuit of their dream job. With unique opportunities like attending the Latin America business conference and joint degree programs (you can earn both an MBA and an MA in international relations, for example), Booth offers a balanced approach to international business.
|8||Florida International University||Miami, FL||
Want validation that Florida International University is doing something right? A fifth of more than the 50,000 business school alumni own their own businesses. As they say, the proof is in the paycheck. The College of Business is among the five percent of elite business schools worldwide, as accredited by the AACSB International. And with initiatives at every level including undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and executive education, there are ways to be a part of it no matter what your requirements are.
The Chapman School offers an International MBA that is one of the highest-ranked programs in the country and definitely worth considering. In terms of undergraduate options, the Honors in International Business curriculum is a unique way to gain a better understanding of global business by delving into the relationship between the cultural, religious, economic, and political forces that drive the global marketplace. Through an honors project, study abroad, and multi-disciplinary curriculum, the honors program gives you a broad insight into the world of international business at a fast pace.
|9||Arizona State University-Tempe||Tempe, AZ||
Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management is entirely globally-driven, ensuring that all your courses are specially tailored to your specific interests. Undergrads explore these specific interests in pursuit of either a Bachelor of Global Management degree (which offers courses like Intercultural Communication and Global Marketing) or a Bachelor of Science in international trade (which offers courses like Big Data in the Global Economy and International Trade and Regional Economic Agreements). One of the ways Thunderbird differentiates itself is in its requirement of a global internship for both of these degrees. Coupled with tons of study abroad opportunities, this requirement ensures that the school’s graduates have some relevant work experience before being thrown into the global business world. In addition to those two undergraduate degrees, Thunderbird also has a graduate school and an option to complete your studies online, giving you the flexibility, affordability, and expertise you need to be successful in your future.
|10||Washington University in St Louis||Saint Louis, MO||
Washington University’s approach to international business is all in the first-hand travel experience. During your junior or senior year in the BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) program, you can participate in one of the business school’s renowned international internship programs and/or partake in one of two “study tours”. The European Study tour is a great introduction to the European Union and European markets, where you and a partner travel to an EU capital to meet government officials and businesspeople and conduct onsite research before gathering in Brussels with the rest of the program participants to meet with European Parliament members and debate your findings at a mock parliament. The Asian Study tour explores the culture of the region during a weeklong program that offers its students a mix of classes, business meetings, and cultural activities. If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten track, there’s also an Israel Summer Business Academy, where students are encouraged to take advantage of the entrepreneurial nature of the country —Israel has more start-ups per capita than any other country in the world— to immerse themselves in a truly global professional environment. Beyond the incredible travel opportunities, Wash U students can also minor in international business at the Olin Business School during their undergraduate time and get a comprehensive introduction to the field along with first-hand experience in foreign countries. With an apparent emphasis on learning through experience, Washington University’s approach to international business is one that will get you out of the classroom and into the real world early on.
List of International Business Schools in the U.S.
|School Logo||School Name||Average tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA||
|16 : 1||43,401|
|New York University New York, NY||
|8 : 1||50,027|
|University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA||
|12 : 1||24,876|
|University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC||
|20 : 1||33,724|
|George Washington University Washington, DC||
|17 : 1||26,212|
|Northwestern University Evanston, IL||
|10 : 1||21,655|
|University of Chicago Chicago, IL||
|7 : 1||15,391|
|Florida International University Miami, FL||
|34 : 1||49,782|
|Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, AZ||
|27 : 1||51,984|
|Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO||
|9 : 1||14,688|
|Georgetown University Washington, DC||
|13 : 1||18,459|
|Northeastern University Boston, MA||
|15 : 1||19,940|
|Duke University Durham, NC||
|5 : 1||15,984|
|Harvard University Cambridge, MA||
|14 : 1||29,652|
|Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA||
|12 : 1||12,485|
|Brandeis University Waltham, MA||
|14 : 1||5,752|
|Pepperdine University Malibu, CA||
|16 : 1||7,632|
|Tufts University Medford, MA||
|11 : 1||11,137|
|University of San Diego San Diego, CA||
|15 : 1||8,251|
|University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA||
|7 : 1||28,649|
|University of Georgia Athens, GA||
|18 : 1||36,130|
|Thunderbird School of Global Management Glendale, AZ||24 : 1||416|
|The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX||
|28 : 1||24,554|
|Arcadia University Glenside, PA||
|14 : 1||3,984|
|Villanova University Villanova, PA||
|14 : 1||10,711|
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