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Indiana University Bloomington

Institute for International Business

Business Is Global: Summer Language Program

High school students: Immerse yourself in the cultures and languages of East Asia, East Africa, and Turkey while exploring career options.

If you are a high school sophomore, junior, or senior interested in experiencing the intersection of business, language, and culture— this two-week program is for you. This intensive experience, presented by IU CIBER (the Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research) will bring to life the phrase, “Business is global.”

The program's curriculum, supported by the Chinese Flagship Center, the Swahili Flagship Center, and the Turkish Flagship Center in the IU School of Global and International Studies, will introduce you to the less-commonly taught foreign languages spoken in these emerging economies:

  • Mandarin Chinese: East Asia
  • Swahili: East Africa
  • Turkish: Turkey

Throughout the two-week program, you will:

  • Learn about the cultures and communication styles of these regions and countries.
  • Stay in an IU residence hall which has been transformed to reflect the food, décor, and pop culture of the targeted regions.

In addition, you will gain a basic understanding of the business practices of North America, East Asia, East Africa, and Turkey through an accelerated curriculum based on the Kelley School of Business’s top-ranked undergraduate program. These business classes will provide a basic understanding of business vocabulary and a general overview of how businesses operate as well as discuss current events.

Summer 2015 Session: July 5-July 17

  • Sunday, July 5: Participants are expected to arrive by the designated time. Program orientation begins.
  • Monday, July 6-Thursday, July 16: Weekdays will be divided into three-day sections that will focus on one of the three languages and cultures. Mornings will include a business session and a language session. Afternoon sessions will be primarily interactive and experiential and will include regional culture sessions, as well as political and business climate sessions. This time will also include group discussions, career information sessions, and cultural and region-specific activities. Participants will also be given time to work on their final, group projects.
  • Friday, July 17: Present final group project. There will also be an Awards Ceremony and Closing Reception to officially end the program. Families are welcome to attend the Closing Reception.

Students will depart the program following the closing ceremony on Friday evening (July 17) or early Saturday morning (July 18) by no later than 10 am.

Sample two-week schedule >>

Application Deadline: April 7, 2015

Applications open Oct. 28, 2014. The deadline for applications is April 7, 2015. All participants will be notified of acceptance by April 13. A non-refundable deposit securing a student’s space in the program is due by noon on May 1, 2015. The final program payment is due May 29, 2015.

Business Is Global online Application >>

Application Criteria: Open to Rising High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
The summer program is designed specifically for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in learning more about less commonly taught languages, international business fundamentals, and cultures and traditions of emerging economies around the world.

Costs and Scholarships: $1,400 Program Fee; Full Scholarships Available
The $1,400 program fee includes food, lodging and classroom materials during the two-week program, as well as access to countless resources on the IU campus and a variety of planned cultural activities and entertainment.

Merit-based and need-based CIBER scholarships are available.

Merit-based award: $700 (based on GPA, essay, and Scholarship Application form)
Need-based award: $1,400 (based on proven eligibility for free/reduced lunch [Request for Records form] and Scholarship Application form)

Deadline: Complete the CIBER scholarship application and essay before April 7, 2015.

All scholarship applicants' school registrar or guidance counselor must submit the Request for Records form before April 7, 2015. Registrar forms can only be returned via fax or mail. They cannot be emailed or completed online.

Scholarship Application >>
Registrar Request for Records form >>

For More Information:

Contact Emily Bagienski, BIG program manager, at ebagiens@indiana.edu or (812) 855-5749.