Business is Global: Summer Language Program
High school students: Immerse yourself in the cultures and languages of Brazil, East Africa, the Middle East and North Africa while exploring career options.
The Business is Global: Summer Language Program is a two-week program for academically-gifted high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in experiencing the intersection of business, language, and culture. This intensive experience, presented by the Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), will truly bring to life the phrase, “Business is global.”
The program focuses on less-commonly taught foreign languages spoken in the emerging economies of the Middle East and North Africa (Arabic), South America (Portuguese), and East Africa (Swahili). Throughout the two-week program, students will learn about other countries’ cultures and communication styles while staying in an IU residence hall transformed to reflect the food, décor, and pop culture of the targeted regions.
In addition, students will gain a basic understanding of the business practices of North America, the Middle East and North Africa, South America, and East Africa through an accelerated two-week curriculum based on area studies of 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 business operates in the United States, as well as discuss current event issues.
Institute Session Dates: July 14-26, 2013, on the IU Bloomington Campus
Plan to arrive by 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, and will spend the day in orientation activities. From Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 25, the weekdays will be divided into three 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 that will be presented on Friday, July 26.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013
The deadline for program and scholarship applications is April 15, 2013. All participants will be notified of acceptance and scholarship status by April 19. Payments are due no later than May 15, 2013.
Application Criteria: Open to High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
This summer program is designed specifically for 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. Please complete the CIBER scholarship application and short essay before April 15, 2013. All scholarship applicants’ school registrar or guidance counselor must submit the registrar form before April 15, 2013. For confidentiality purposes, registrar forms can only be returned via fax or mail. They cannot be emailed or completed online.
Contact Sara Reeves, CIBER program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 855-8640.