People around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of international trade and doing business abroad. Some of this awareness is due to the increasing membership in the European Union, the global stance on democracy, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the increasing availability of information via the Internet. Simply put, students who graduate from college today without exposure to international perspectives and global economic conditions are not fully prepared for tomorrow's jobs. 

The Donald L. Harrison College of Business and Computing at Southeast Missouri State University offers a major in International Business under the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program accredited by AACSB International. A minor in International Business is also available. In addition, a number of semester exchange and immersion programs of one to five weeks are offered.  

The primary objective of the major in International Business is to provide specialized curriculum for students interested in managerial careers in international business. Students develop the following: 

  • Competencies in foundational areas of business
  • Additional core workplace skills
  • In-depth understanding of the international dimension to the business
  • Enhanced sensitivity to other cultures

By design, the program is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature, emphasizing the development of cultural, financial, managerial, marketing and economic understanding of the international environment. 

The cultural dimension is addressed through directed electives, which are part of the General Education requirement, in conjunction with a study abroad requirement. While English is firmly established as the language of business, courses in a foreign language may be added so students completing the program will have a basic understanding of the structure of another language. We believe this level of instruction is consistent with the goal of promoting a deeper understanding of a non-U.S. culture. 

Graduates in International Business at Southeast are prepared for employment with companies participating in all aspects of international commerce and trade. Potential employers range from small businesses to large multinational corporations. 

In a recent article in the Journal of Education for Business, establishing a series of courses focusing on global issues and integrating international topics into existing courses were two of the ways discussed by which business programs could become internationalized. At Southeast we have done both. 

Thus, students who graduate from our international business program are prepared to meet the demands of today and tomorrow, both at home and abroad. At home, employers value employees with such skills as they begin to compete in the international marketplace with their products. Abroad, companies rely on these skills in order to do business with the U.S. market, the most vital of world economies. 

Short-Term Programs

Spend a few weeks on any of our exciting immersion programs. Pre-Spring/January, Spring Break, Pre-Summer/Summer.

Join Us in January 2020 on an exciting academic program to England and Italy 

Spend 2 weeks in Europe 

Join Us During Spring Break 2020 for an exciting academic program in London, England, Paris, and France 

Spend 10 days in Europe 

Program 1: France, Belgium, Germany 

May 25-June 7, 2020 

Choose 1 business course and/or 1 UI class (or BA400): 

  • MK 560 International Marketing 
  • MG 560 International Management 
  • BA 560 International Business Study Practicum 
  • UI 343 Transcultural Experience 
  • UI 498 Senior Seminar (non-business majors) 
  • BA 400/UI 400 (Business Ethics) 

Program cost is $1,395 (plus estimated airfare, approx. $950). What is included: Housing, cultural program admissions, ground transportation and some meals.  

Program 2: International Summer School in Germany 

June 8-June 20, 2020 

Credit for one or two business and/or UI classes: 

  • BA 490 Business Policy and Strategy 
  • MK 560 International Marketing 
  • MG 560 International Management 
  • BA 560 International Business Study 
  • UI 343 Transcultural Experience 
  • UI 498 Senior Seminar (non-business majors) 
  • FI 540 International Finance 

Program cost is $1,295, (plus estimated airfare, approx. $1,000). Two weeks in Germany for less than $2,500. Housing, Program in Berlin, ground transportation, full cultural program, (including Buchenwald Concentration Camp and Wartburg Castle) and some meals. SEMO Tuition not included. 

Spring Programs 

January - England, Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome) - $2,750 program fee – 14 days 

Spring Break - England, France - $2595 program fee – 10 days 

For the above 2 Programs, Program Fee includes: 

  • All hotels 
  • All airfares 
  • All ground transportation 
  • Some meals (one to two meals a day) 
  • Most sightseeing (sightseeing in your free time may cause you to incur some additional admission fees.) 
  • Program Fee does not include: 
  • Travel insurance (see “tips” page for links – travel insurance will cost most students about $30) 
  • Personal costs – such as tips, additional meals, social activities, etc. 
  • Incidental and general fees tuition will be charge according to in-state/out-of-state status – scholarships, grants, loans all apply. 
  • Cost of passport (and any visas –U.S. citizens do not need any visas). 

Summer Programs (from 2 to 5 weeks in Europe) 

France, Belgium (date to be determined) - $1,395 - 10 days 

  • Airfare is NOT included in cost above. 
  • Program fee includes all accommodations, all ground travel, sightseeing and admissions 
  • Some meals (one to two meals a day) 
  • Program Fee does not include tuition 

Schmalkalden, Germany 

  • Two weeks: $995.00 Program Fee (3 credit hours) 
  • Three weeks: $1295.00 Program Fee (6 credit hours) 
  • Airfare is not included in cost above (estimate $1100.00) 
  • Program Fee includes all accommodations, all ground travel, sightseeing and admissions 
  • Some meals (one to two meals a day) 
  • Program Fee does not include tuition 

Combine France/Belgium Program with Germany for 4-5 weeks in Europe and earn up to 12 hours credit. 

Other programs may be offered from year to year. Check with the IBP office for the latest information. Dempster 239 or e-mail 

Study Abroad

Southeast students can choose to study abroad to further their international education. The programs are direct agreements with other universities or organizations.

International Education

International business is an interdisciplinary major which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. This program integrates course work in regional and cultural studies, business administration and language.

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