Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)Student Resources

Working with FIU Business Career Management Services and our international university partner network linked through the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI), we will provide annual scholarship funding of $20,000 for 4-10 business students to participate in international internships. Individual stipends of $2,000 to $5,000 will support travel and living expenses for a minimum of at least 2-3 weeks. Internships will count for academic credit; students must be enrolled in an internship course. Students must have a 3.0 GPA, complete a statement of purpose, and provide an offer letter from an international company confirming the internship, dates, and position. APPLY by emailing and completing the application through the Office of Study Abroad.

The Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) will administer $10,000 of study abroad scholarships to undergraduate business students annually. Scholarships will range from $1,000 to $2,500 to support short-term and semester‐long international study opportunities through our international partner universities. To complement our students’ deep understanding of Latin America, scholarships will be available for our eight faculty-led study abroad programs offered annually to locations across Europe and the Asia-Pacific. Students should have a 3.0 GPA, complete a statement of purpose, provide one letter of recommendation, and have applied and been accepted into an international student exchange or faculty-led study abroad program. APPLY by emailing and completing the application through the Office of Study Abroad.

Top FIU Business juniors and seniors will experience firsthand the inner workings of one of BMI Financial Group’s international offices in Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, or Guatemala during a summer program. Students will work directly with the host office’s president and leadership team, who will mentor and coach students as they tackle real-world business challenges. Students must have a 3.0 GPA, complete a statement of purpose, one letter of recommendation, and be available to spend 2-3 weeks in Latin America during the summer term. APPLY by emailing and completing the application through the COB Business Career Management

FIU Business will work with the Department of Modern Languages to offer Languages for Business for the FIU and local community college student population, including online/hybrid course options. For over 20 years, the Department of Modern Languages has taught Languages for Business on a regular basis. They offer two Spanish for Business courses at different levels totally on line every semester and French, Mandarin, Portuguese and Japanese for business ounce a year. Languages offered will also include Korean and Spanish for Business in Latin America. This sustainable initiative will expand the offerings of business language study to additional populations both within and external to FIU. Students can register in the Languages for Business course offerings through Portuguese for Business - POR 3440; Chinese for Business - CHI 3440; French for Business FRE 2443; Coming soon – Korean for Business, Spanish for Business in Latin America.

In addition to the languages for business courses, FIU Business will offer a business certificate for language students. FIU Business will work with language faculty to develop and add elective projects to language curriculum in areas of IB. By completing an additional project around IB themes in their language course, students would gain knowledge on how to apply language skills in a global business context. Stay tuned to Upcoming Programs and our Calendar announcements or email for more information.

FIU has a significant engagement with The Consejo Latinoamericano de Esculeas de Administracion (The Latin-American Council of Business Schools – CLADEA). FIU CIBER will sponsor 1-2 students and 1-2 faculty members to represent FIU at the annual conference presenting research, and to network and engage with leading business schools across the region. This would support exposure for students in the Latin American market. APPLY by emailing with a letter of interest.

FIU Business will provide funding to doctoral students engaged in impactful research in the areas of U.S. competitiveness, international trade and investment, international relations, cross-cultural issues and sustainable enterprise. APPLY by emailing with a letter of interest.

FIU Business partners with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to sponsor 1-2 students and 1-2 faculty members on their annual international trade missions to China, Japan, and Latin America which focus on international trade development and business matchmaking. APPLY by emailing with a letter of interest.

FIU Business students compete against students from several U.S. and international universities in English and Spanish in an immersive sales experience. This annual FIU Business event is designed to increase students’ exposure to the sales experience. Visit FIU-GBSC.COM for more information and to apply.

This upcoming program will soon be available as part of the course GEB 2935 Professional Skills: Career and Leadership Development (1 credit) and will add an intercultural dimension to the current career readiness course required for all FIU Business students, providing basic intercultural competence skills, and linking these to skills needed in the international workforce. Stay tuned to Upcoming Programs and our Calendar announcements.

FIU Business’ Office of Global Initiatives and the Office of Global Learning will host at least two video chats annually that will link FIU students via webcam and video-conferencing software Adobe Connect to students at an international partner university. The discussion jointly moderated by FIU Business and international partner school faculty will engage students from each school to introduce themselves and share information about their campus and programs. Students will then engage in a dialogue on the topic of globalization and global citizenship trends and their impact in the current labor market. Students will receive credit toward the Global Medallion program as well as extra credit in their classes. The event will be open to all FIU students, allowing for interdisciplinary learning and international exposure. Stay tuned to Upcoming Programs and our Calendar announcements.

FIU Business administers some 30% of FIU’s study abroad programs through its Office of Global Initiatives (OGI). Undergraduates and graduates can choose from among 40 study abroad or international dual-degree options at key business centers in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North Africa, and Oceania. OGI offers eight faculty-led options annually which take students to places like Shanghai, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Casablanca, and Melbourne and weave together academic knowledge, company visits, and cultural activities. Short Academic Programs range from 8 to 18 days, while Special Summer Programs provide longer periods of study at one of 20 international network schools. Exchange Programs provide for a semester or year abroad at up to 25 international network schools, and a second master’s degree can be earned through a one-year Dual-Degree Program available at 20 different locations. Learn more at the Office of Global Initiatives Website.

FIU CIBER will host a one-day language seminar for business students as well as non-business majors who have taken a language in their program, and will also invite community college student participation. The seminar will introduce language-related intercultural competency skills and IB skills to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of competencies needed by successful global business professionals. Core learning objectives will be measured through pre- and post-assessment. Stay tuned to Upcoming Programs and our Calendar announcements.

Be sure to download the FIU BizPass App on your smartphone to stay up to date on upcoming CIBER student events, visiting lectures on International Business, career building opportunities, and international development activities. BizPass is designed for mobile-friendly, app-savvy FIU Business students. A personalized connection to your social, academic and professional events- now on your phone, whenever you need it, wherever you are. And for every event you attend, you’ll earn points that you can redeem for great gifts such as t-shirts, backpacks, tech items and other rewards. BizPass is easy to use. Navigate through a calendar of campus and community events designed just for you– the future business professional. Just scroll through the list of campus and community events and plan your week. Once you’re at an event, scan the QR code or enter the event ID. Points for attending will be added to your BizPass account the next business day.

In continuation of an initiative by FIU’s Department of Modern Languages and Florida Memorial University (HBCU), FIU CIBER will provide for the creation and expansion of inclusive Spanish for business language courses. Courses are tailored to students attending HBCUs. The new iteration would work with other HBCUs to offer this inclusive experience in language learning for business to diverse student populations.

FIU CIBER will offer $3,000 per year to support undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral business students to take part in professional development. This would include attendance at the annual AIB, Academy of Management, or Council of Latin American Business Schools (CLADEA) conferences or other similar professional opportunities that will increase their international perspective.

FIU CIBER will offer the Ace the Case Global Business challenge with University of Maryland and University of Washington CIBERs with $1500 annually to support program costs. The competition is an opportunity for business graduate students to compete against peers from throughout the United States. The competition asks teams to tackle a real challenge for a global client through an interviewer led case and final video presentation. Participants work in teams and provide actionable recommendations, sharpen skills in the case interview process and in making presentations and network with top-tier business students and executives.

Working with the FIU Office of Executive & Professional Education and the Office of Global Initiatives, FIU CIBER will offer IB certificate programs to FIU Business students as well as students from partner institutions abroad. This eight-week program is offered virtually and allows students to connect with industry leaders expand their knowledge of current IB tropics, connect with other students joining from abroad, and earn a certificate to increase their post-graduation hire ability. In 2021, FIU CIBER successfully offered this program for the first time to 25 students. Several students completing the program secured prestigious internships simply by connecting with program speakers.

Working with FIU Business Career Management Services and our international university partner network linked through the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI), FIU CIBER will continue to provide $20,000 over year to provide scholarship funding up to $5,000 per student to business students pursuing international internships. This award will cover travel and living expenses for at least one month or other internship programmatic costs. As a post pandemic pivot, we will also continue to offer the opportunity for Virtual International Internships where FIU CIBER will support costs associated with obtaining the virtual internship.

The Honors in International Business Program features a multi-disciplinary curriculum in which students take courses in IB, regional studies, and functional areas. Students are immersed in the in the global business environment as they work on their Honors project and participate in Study Abroad. This program supports an objective of graduating highly competitive students with community, leadership, and global skills through international study, travel, and work/internship experiences.

FIU Business will continue self-supporting our alternative break program offered through our IB Honor Society (IBHS), which offers students the opportunity to travel during spring break to perform volunteer work. Alternative Breaks is FIU’s largest, award-winning service-learning program that allows students to experience diverse cultures and environments around a particular social issue.

FIU CIBER will support and offer FDIBs related to the Latin America region such as Spanish for Business, FIU Mercosur, and SDSU's FDIB Colombia program. These FDIB programs aim to increase business faculty's proficiency in Latin American contexts as well as Spanish for Business. The programs are open to business professionals as well as faculty and will leverage existing partnerships with highly ranked business schools in Latin America. Participants will be exposed to issues evident in the region and receive supporting language, cross-cultural, and business research training.

FIU CIBER continues to partner up with Broward College (BC) to capitalize on each other’s diverse international education and partnership networks. First, Broward College’s international summer camp program will be enhanced to include local students from FIU and BC to interact and directly engage with visiting students from Vietnam and China. Second, FIU and BC educators traveling to Asia to lead faculty development training programs will benefit from a cross-cultural experience by interacting with Vietnamese and Chinese colleagues at BC Asia locations. Third, FIU and BC faculty will develop joint faculty-led study abroad programs specifically focused on Asia to provide students with a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary experience that would better prepare them to interact in a globalized world.

Founded in 2003 by the World Bank, the Global Business School Network is a nonprofit organization that partners with business schools, industry, foundations, and aid agencies to improve access to quality, locally relevant management, and entrepreneurship education for the developing world. GBSN is made up of more than 100 leading business schools in more than 50 countries, which relate to each other, businesses, governments, and NGOs. FIU Business’ active membership gives our community access to a large network of academic and professional connections, scholarships, fellowships, internships, calls for papers, and consulting projects. FIU CIBER will connect faculty and students to GBSN opportunities.       

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