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Unique Program Prepares Students for Global Leadership
Through the innovative Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB) program, Northeastern students learn to become global business leaders, able to succeed in an increasingly international marketplace.
Ranked among the top twenty programs of its kind by U.S. News and World Report, the BSIB program combines a demanding curriculum with study abroad and an international co-op.
All BSIB students spend their junior year overseas, immersed in another culture. The first six months are spent studying at one of the university's partner schools. Required courses include international business and a modern language.
Students then complete a co-op assignment with a company in their host country; they also have the option of staying abroad and graduating with dual degrees from Northeastern and the host country school.
This combination of work and study, which distinguishes a Northeastern education, is intended to help students learn firsthand about the host country's business practices, sharpen their language skills, gain meaningful experience in the realities of international business, and develop cross-cultural awareness.
Nicholas Athanassiou, associate professor and academic program director, explains, "This program helps students to acquire a global mindset, characterized by adaptability and culture understanding. These characteristics are keys to success in a highly complex world."
BSIB students have studied in Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, and, soon, Italy, and worked at such companies as L'Oreal and Lufthansa.
Danielle Erdmann, BA'04, a BSIB major, enthuses, "The past two years have been the most incredible of my life. I am now a more open person, able to see difference in culture as an opportunity to learn and grow." She attended the CESEM Reims School of Management in France and worked at Credit Lyonnaise, one of France's largest banks.
More than a doze alumni and friends serve on an advisory committee to ensure Northeastern's BSIB program remains current and effective. Members are executives at global companies ranging from Fleet Boston Financial to Hewlett-Packard.
The BSIB program was established with a five year grant from the Gillette Company. The TJX Companies, Compaq Computer, and the State Street Bank Foundation were among the first to sign on as corporate partners to support the continuation and ongoing development of the program.
A number of alumni and friends have also supported the program, including Michael J. Zamkow, BA'79, retired managing director of Goldman Sachs in London. "Having a global perspective of business is essential for new graduates," says Zamkow.
|This article was published in the November 2004 issue of Northeastern University Magazine.|
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