University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Study Abroad

The challenge before today's business schools is to provide students a learning experience that prepares them for leadership roles in a dynamic global business environment. Today and for decades to come, leadership in the context of business encompasses far more than the traditional set of organizational and analytical skills. Studying abroad may be required for your concentration, or it may just be something you choose as an enhancement to your educational experience.

School of Business Administration's global connections

Successful leaders increasingly rely on communications and team-building skills, an appreciation of the cultural diversity and environmental concerns of global marketplaces, and awareness of the central importance of personal and professional ethics in business decision making. As a result, UVM's School of Business Administration has formed strategic partnerships with programs in other countries. Learn more about our global relationships.

Getting started with the study abroad process

The Office of International Education (OIE) is the first place to go for information about studying abroad. They maintain a library of documents on opportunities around the world, in all subject areas. You are welcome to visit their offices to browse, and meet with a study abroad advisor who will assist you in understanding and completing the necessary forms for application to programs and for getting appropriate approvals from UVM offices.

Attend a "Getting Started" advising session: OIE also holds information sessions for students before they leave and send materials for pre-enrollment for the term when they will return to UVM.

Create an iAbroad account: iAbroad is the electronic system that supports a student's study abroad process. Your iAbroad account will have you follow a step by step process to ensure that you don't miss any crucial steps in the planning process.

Should you have specific questions about your particular business program and studying abroad, contact Student Services by e-mail studentservices@bsad.uvm.edu or phone (802) 656-4015.

Strongly Recommended for Studying Abroad

  • BSAD 120 - Principles of Management
  • BSAD 150 - Marketing Management
  • BSAD 180 - Managerial Finance

Foreign language requirement: We encourage business students to become as proficient in a foreign language as possible before studying abroad. Even an introductory course under your belt can greatly enhance the quality of your experience abroad and your overall UVM education. Some programs may require students to enroll in a language course. The student can expect to be assigned to a level commensurate with his or her ability in that language.

GPA requirement: Most study abroad programs prescribe a minimum cumulative GPA, ranging from 2.5 to 3.0. In some cases it depends on the applicant pool, so it pays to apply to a program of interest even if you are slightly below the posted minimum GPA.

Transferring business credits: The student normally takes 2-4 courses (6-16 credits) in international business or related courses. Once approved by the School of Business Administration and the Office of Transfer Affairs, these courses may be used to fill the student's concentration requirement. Only 50% of a student's theme or concentration can be done outside of UVM, with the exception of Global Business/International Business in which 75% of the concentration can be taken while studying abroad.

Transferring non-business credits: Non-business courses, if accepted by the Office of Transfer Affairs, count toward distribution requirements or free electives. Transfer Affairs has a list of pre-approved business and non-business courses. Gaining approval for other courses may require the student to gather and submit course information to the Office of Transfer Affairs. In certain cases, approvals may be made conditional upon examination of course materials following return from study abroad.

A student must earn a C or better, for a course to transfer. While only the credit transfers and not the grade, graduate programs and employers frequently ask for grades and consider them in their decisions.

Choosing a program

The majority of business students at UVM who study abroad have chosen programs with similar characteristics:

  • one-semester
  • emphasis on International Business
  • instruction in English
  • offered in second semester junior year

Students are also encouraged to consider choosing programs that vary from the traditional route in one or more aspects, such as: full year programs; non-business programs; summer or fall programs; and non-English coursework.

Faculty activities in international business

Faculty members in the School of Business Administration have extensive international experiences with multinational companies, foreign universities and government institutions.

Examples of faculty research: Examples of international management and policy issues addressed by the faculty in their teaching and research include: trade and investment policies, export development, transitional technology transfer, international telecommunications, energy policies, regional trading blocs, comparative industrial relations and human resource development, and the strategic uses of information technology.

Geographic areas for faculty research: Undergraduate and graduate courses, research and publications, conferences and workshops are produced through the school's Canada-U.S. Business Studies Program. Other countries and geographical regions encompassed by faculty activities are Mexico, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, Scotland, the European Community, Turkey, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the People's Republic of China.

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