Meet the majors: What is IBLC anyways?

September 11th, 2014



Many students at John Carroll University don’t entirely understand what it means to study International Business with Language and Culture.


It’s certainly one of the newest fields of study in the Boler School of Business. While the enrollment is certainly not as high as that of in majors such as marketing, the students and faculty enrolled and involved in the program are enthusiastic about what they are doing and where they are going.


International Business with Language and Culture (IBLC) students are required to not only participate in a study abroad program in a non-English speaking country, but students also hold an internship abroad during the spring semester of their junior year.


This means that students have to be quite proficient in the language that they choose. While this may seem very daunting at first, it is very manageable after taking  300-level language courses at JCU.


When returning from their study abroad program, IBLC students are required to have a domestic internship in which they are utilizing the skills learned abroad.


The major also requires a proficient understanding of the culture that students have studied and interned in, which includes an appreciation for variations in culture and lifestyle. This cultural appreciation is not only learned through the experience of living, working and studying abroad, but also through two program-required culture specific courses.


IBLC graduates are expected to be able to analyze contexts for international business. More specifically, graduates will need to understand cross-cultural marketing strategies, or financial arrangements with countries that not only have different currencies, but also have an entirely different political and economic system.


IBLC students will learn to analyze change, risk and uncertainty associated with working with different corporations based out of different countries. Not only do the required internships help in this hands-on learning process, but the Boler curriculum, along with the IBLC-specific courses, play an integral part as well.


If you are interested in the program, contact Jim Martin in the Boler Dean’s Complex to learn more. Or, simply ask around.  The students in the IBLC program will be glad to answer any questions associated with the program.