International Business

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. 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.

As students pursue a bachelor’s degree in international business, they begin with several foundational courses. All College of Business’s majors begin with two core groups of courses:

The international business major requirements ensure students have a thorough grounding in accounting and quantitative methods.

Major Requirements for International Business
FIN 430 International Finance 3 credits
MGT 440 Cross-Cultural Management 3 credits
MKT 430 International Marketing 3 credits
MGT 471 International Business Environment and Global Strategy 3 credits
One course from the following options:
ECON 326 International Economics 3 credits
ECON 336 Economics of Developing Nations 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

Admissions are rolling throughout the year. To be considered for admission to Valparaiso University, students should keep the following in mind:

  • No application fee
  • Students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year will be able to apply test optional, meaning SAT or ACT test scores are not required
  • Students can apply with the Valpo application or the Common Application

In addition to the required courses outlined below, each student in the BSBA program at Valpo’s college for international business 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 international business majors. Popular sites for foreign study:

  • The Valparaiso University Study Centers:
    • in Cambridge, England
    • in Reutlingen, Germany
    • in Hangzhou, China
    • in San José, Costa Rica
  • 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
    • 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 Boston University Internship program in Paris, France
    • IES Abroad Nantes- French Language Immersion & Area Studies in Nantes, France
    • Augsburg College in Windhoek, Namibia, and Soweto, South Africa.
    • CISabroad semester in Limerick in Limerick, Ireland
    • CISabroad semester in Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia
    • University College Utrecht in Utrecht, The Netherlands (for CC students)

EIB – German

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.