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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 Brazil, East Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East 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 area study centers and departments in the IU School of Global and International Studies, will introduce you to the less-commonly taught foreign languages spoken in these emerging economies:

  • Arabic: Middle East and North Africa
  • Portuguese: Brazil
  • Swahili: East Africa

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, the Middle East and North Africa, Brazil, and East Africa 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 2014 Session: June 15-27

  • Sunday, June 15: Participants are expected to arrive by 4 p.m.
  • Monday, June 16-Thursday, June 26: 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, June 27: Present final group project.

Students will depart the program following the closing ceremony Friday evening (June 27) or Saturday morning (June 28).

Sample two-week schedule >>

Application Deadline: April 7, 2014

Applications open Oct. 21, 2013. The deadline for applications is April 7, 2014. All participants will be notified of acceptance by April 11. A non-refundable deposit securing a student’s space in the program is due May 1, 2014. The final program payment is due May 30, 2014

The application deadline for Summer 2014 has now passed. Thank you for your interest in Business is Global. All applicants will be contacted by email on April 11 about their acceptance into this program.

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 and lodging 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 and essay)
Need-based award: $1,400 (based on eligibility for free/reduced lunch)

Deadline: Complete the CIBER scholarship application and essay before April 7, 2014.

All scholarship applicants’ school registrar or guidance counselor must submit the Request for Records form before April 7, 2014. Registrar forms can only be returned via fax or mail. They cannot be emailed or completed online.

The scholarship application deadline for Summer 2014 has now passed. Thank you for your interest in Business is Global. All applicants will be contacted by email on April 11 about their scholarship status.

For More Information:

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