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Why International Business?

The international business major combines a solid base of one of six functional areas with language study, international experience and academic studies in international business. Students in international business learn about the culture and management methods that differ around the globe. They also study the business practices of other nations and learn how international trade laws affect the world economy. Our goal is to graduate students who will change the world.

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Study Abroad Programs
Nebraska at Oxford



Study Abroad Program at UNL
13-week Minimum




to deepen knowledge of a region or culture
Training our students to be globally-minded, in 
addition to giving them a solid business education, 
lets them find success in this global landscape. There’s 
nowhere better to accomplish that than Nebraska, 
because CBA is all about doing something great.    Dr. J.K. Osiri -
Director, International Business,
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Business Administration

International Business Major

Use the Bulletin and Four-Year Plan links below to see the course description and list of required and elective courses.


UNL students in England

The international business curriculum uses a four-prong approach to prepare students for a career in business.

1. Take 15 credit hours of business courses selected from one of the following functional area options: Business Administration (i.e. General International Business), Economics, Management, Finance, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management.

2. Take 12 credit hours of international business courses from the specified list for the selected functional area option.

3. Complete a semester (13-week minimum) global immersion requirement with the equivalent of 8 credit hours of foreign language, which may be completed during the global immersion experience. The International students may choose to improve their English proficiency by taking additional English courses.

4. Participate in an internationally focused internship or practicum experience, and opportunity that may be available during the global immersion experience described above.

Global Immersion

Students in Brazil

International Business students are required to complete a Global Immersion experience and are encouraged to participate in a CBA-sponsored Global Immersion program to complete the requirement. Many CBA programs abroad incorporate the Language and Internship/Practicum requirements (where available) into the design of the program, making them a great fit for International Business students.

Visit our Global Immersion page to explore the opportunities or visit the UNL Education Abroad website to find other opportunities at UNL to go abroad.

I hope to use French in my career
and have been researching companies 
and job opportunities where I could 
continue to use the language regularly 
in a business environment.  Tessa Lane 
International Business Major
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Business Administration

International Business Careers

International business offers exciting possibilities for employment in the United States and all over the world. Common positions are:

Chinese Stock Market
• Business development manager
• Customs compliance manager
• Foreign currency investment advisor
• Foreign policy advisor
• Foreign sales representative
• Import/export agent
• International consultant or management consultant
• International economist
• International entrepreneur
• International financial portfolio manager
• Marketing manager
• Operations manager

Global Citizenship Initiative

The college’s Global Citizenship Initiative Program (GCI) is composed of exciting and intellectually-stimulating activities designed to complement your International Business studies. The cohort based GCI is designed for IB majors and Husker International Business Club members. GCI members will:
• Participate in a variety of activities including lectures, debates, language conversations tables, company projects, and visits, international research and case study development, conferences, socials and more
• Build a relationship with an assigned mentor who may be an employee of UNL or a business professional
• Be encouraged to take courses with other GCI members
• Earn points to complete the GCI badge
Participate in undergraduate research

Student Organization

The Husker International Business Club organizes activities to enhance and complement the international business major, providing opportunities for students to meet with other students in the major as well as with business professionals with international expertise. The club also strives to help expand cultural horizons of students studying any major through exploring traditions and customs of different cultural groups.

International Business Club

International Business Fellows

International Business Fellows are select group of faculty members that teach international courses, conduct international-related research, and lead global immersion programs. They are no doubt on the frontlines of global education at CBA. They create and sustain global immersion programs, increase international research and teaching activities, and mentor students in international-related matters. The CBA International Business Program places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. As such, IB Fellows are tapped from all CBA departments and encouraged to work across fields within and outside CBA. They bring their expertise and creative imagination to advance the goals of the International Business Program.

Current Fellows

John Anderson Economics
Clyde Davis Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Marijane Hancock Management
Elina Ibrayeva Management
Chad Mardesen Marketing
Amber Messersmith Management
Laurie Miller Economics
John Kalu Osiri Management
Colin Ramsay Actuarial Science
Paul Shoemaker Accountancy
Rob Simon Marketing
Roberto Stein Finance

Husker International Brain Trust

The Trust are a select group of passionate individuals from all walks of life who leverage their experiences to advance the mission of the International Business Program. Most of them live abroad and remotely provide professional mentorship to students.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board are alumni, friends and professionals who are passionate about contributing to student learning and international experience. The advisory board are a select of group of individuals with deep and extensive international experience (15 years or more). They bring a wealth of experience and fresh perspectives, and their advice enriches the international business curriculum. They engage with students both in and out of the classroom, and assist with efforts to secure the future of our programs. They want to see the next generation of Huskers succeed.

View Advisory Board Profiles