Director of Undergraduate Student Services and Retention
Below are some general guidelines for Bryan School students who study abroad:
Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity that requires extensive planning and research. The UNCG International Programs Center offers a variety of international education opportunities for undergraduate students. Bryan School faculty and academic advisors encourage students from each major to consider adding an international experience as part of their degree, and firmly believe that it is important for students to gain a meaningful international perspective before they graduate.
One of the wonderful options to consider is a semester or year long study abroad exchange programs with one of our many international partners. Many of which are AACSB accredited just like the Bryan School. So you would be able to take many of your business courses abroad and have them count towards your UNCG requirements.
Faculty-led programs are study abroad programs developed and led by UNCG and/or Bryan School faculty members that focus a specific topic or foreign language. You may choose a UNCG faculty-led cultural or a language-intensive short term program at any point during your time at UNCG.
Short-term study abroad experiences led by faculty members can change from year to year. So it is important to do your research on what will be available when you want to go abroad. These programs have students and faculty travel together to various countries to learn more about the cultural aspects.
Lloyd Honors College has limited programs for their students. Visit their website for more information.
Academically-sound summer programs are typically a minimum of four weeks, in the country. Expect to take only three or six credit hours worth of courses as part of any summer program. Travel grant funds are limited during the summer semester and you should expect to have greater personal costs for short-term programs.
Some partner institutions offer a variety of summer course options but they may be fee-based programs and financial aid may not apply. If you are interested in these exchange partner summer programs, you must work with the International Programs Center in order to receive credit at UNCG.
The International Business Studies major is distinctive in the Bryan School by requiring experiences and competence in areas such as language and study abroad that are not required in other business programs. The need to understand other cultures, societies, and economies is met by requiring/ recommending more in liberal education and related areas than is required in General Education requirements for other business programs.
Please note: All students majoring in International Business Studies (INTB) are required to complete a significant international/global experience. You can work with your Bryan School advisor to discuss what this means for your academic path. You have a variety of options, so be sure to start planning early so your advisor can help in making your goals a reality.
You are expected to complete four semesters of the foreign language before you may participate in a study abroad program with courses taught only in the native language of that country.You will be able to take upper-level language courses, country or regional-specific courses, as well as courses required for your major while you are abroad. For students studying Italian as their language for the INTB major: you must take all available Italian classes here at UNCG, then study Italian language with our partner in Italy in order to meet the requirement for the major.
American Sign Language, Latin, and Greek at UNCG are not acceptable foreign languages for INTB majors.
All Bryan School students must work with the International Programs Center (IPC) Study Abroad Advisors to discuss options and apply to participate in summer, semester, or academic year programs. An IPC advisor will work with each student to find the best fit at one of over 70 exchange partnership institutions. Most partner institutions teach courses in English, and students will work with their assigned Bryan School Academic Advisor to find classes that will meet requirements for their degree.
To learn more, schedule an appointment to talk with a Study Abroad Advisor by calling the IPC Office at (336) 334-5404 or by visiting 207 Foust. Their receptionist will work with you to schedule an “Options” appointment, where you will learn the basics about international program opportunities.