Graduates of Valparaiso University’s international business program enter the workforce with experience working with an international company in the United States or abroad. A business curriculum is supplemented by extensive study of a foreign language, and students spend at least one semester in an international location where they live, study, and work. These internship and Study Abroad experiences, combined with the expertise and confidence gained by four years of study with highly qualified and internationally experienced Valpo faculty, mean that international business majors are highly sought after as prospective employees or graduate students.  

All College of Business’s majors begin with two core groups of courses:

The major requirements ensure that you have a thorough grounding in accounting and quantitative methods.
Major Requirements for International Business
FIN 430 International Finance 3 credit
MGT 440 Cross-Cultural Management 3 credits
MKT 430 International Marketing 3 credits
One course from the following options:
ECON 326 International Economics 3 credits
ECON 336 Economics of Developing Nations 3 credits
MGT 471 International Business Environment and Global Strategy 3 credits
Total 15 credits
Major Field Requirement 6 credits
Two non-core business courses numbered higher than 300. A 300-level international-economics course, not previously taken to meet the international business requirements, may be selected to fulfill one of the two major field requirements.
Modern Foreign Language: 203 or higher

OR for international students with English as a second language, TOEFL scores that satisfy University standards

OR for students with English as a second language, completion of a proficiency test in an approved modern foreign language

6 credits
 Free Electives 4-5 credits
 Grand Total (all courses) 125 credits

In addition to the required courses outlined below, each student in the BSBA program is required to complete one of the following:
  • A Cooperative Education experience combining full-time professional, paid work experience with academic coursework, or
  • An Internship

At least a semester of Study Abroad is required of all majors in international business. Popular sites for foreign study:
  • The Valparaiso University Study Centers:
    • in Cambridge, England
    • in Reutlingen, Germany
    • in Hangzhou, China

 

  • Through the exchange program with the La Rochelle Business School on France’s Atlantic Coast
  • Exchange and cooperative programs at the Universidad Viña del Mar in Valparaiso, Chile; the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England; the Université Cergy–Pontoise in Pointoise, France; the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Rottenburg, Germany; the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, Germany; the Ansal Institute of Technology outside of Delhi, India; Karunya University outside Coimbatore, India; Kansai Gaidai University between Osaka and Kyoto, Japan; the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico; the – Universidad de Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain; Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand; the College Year in Athens in Athens, Greece; the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics in Budapest, Hungary (for math majors); the Central College Abroad program in Granada, Spain; the Central College Abroad program in Paris, France; and Augsburg College in Windhoek, Namibia, and Soweto, South Africa.

 Course descriptions

 

Enhanced International Business in German
This nine-semester program combines a major in International Business, a major in German, and study and work in Germany for one academic year.
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Valpo was recently ranked one of the 10 most innovative colleges in the United States for foreign language study.