Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB)

About the BSIB Program

The Bachelor of Science in International Business is a unique program which offers students an opportunity to both study and work overseas in the language of the host country. By educating students to become future global managers, the BSIB program develops highly qualified professionals who bring a more competitive edge in world markets to US corporations. On a local level, the program strengthens international education, attracts talented students from the U.S. and abroad and encourages inter-collegiate collaboration at Northeastern.

Students in the BSIB program spend their first three years at Northeastern studying and completing a domestic co-op placement. Their fourth 'expatriate' year is spent studying for one semester at one of our partner schools and then completing an international co-op placement. Students then have the option to remain overseas to obtain the dual degree, or return to Northeastern for their final year.

The BSIB program allows students to adapt to a new culture and develop practical ability in a foreign language. The School works closely with the University's World Language Center to ensure that each BSIB student is prepared to meet the challenges of global business.

BSIB Program Goals and Benefits:

  • BS in International Business Degree from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Option of a second degree from an IPBS school
  • One to one and a half years of full-time work experience (domestic and international)
  • Expertise in a concentration or area of business
  • Technical competence and professional confidence
  • Increased understanding and experience in international business practices
  • Cross-cultural awareness and aptitude
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • Immersion experience of living abroad

Option of a second degree from an IPBS School 

1 to 1.5 years of full-time work experience (domestic and international)
Expertise in a concentration area of business
Technical competence and professional confidence
Increased understanding and experience in international business practicesCross-cultural awareness and aptitude 

Dual Degree Option

Students in the French, German, Italian, International Affairs and Spanish tracks have the option to complete a dual degree. With this option, students spend the first three years of study at Northeastern and complete a domestic co-op placement. They spend the remaining two years overseas at a partner institution and complete an international co-op placement. Graduates of the dual degree option receive one degree from Northeastern and another from the partner school. 

The dual degree option is an intensive program requiring a strong commitment. In return, it produces some of the best-prepared international business graduates in the country. Since the School's partner schools are among the most prestigious in Europe and South America, a degree from any one of them in combination with a Northeastern degree provides a significant advantage. 

Choosing a Program Track

International students participating in the program are required to choose a program in a country other than their home country. Fluent speakers of the language of the host country must be evaluated for language proficiency. Native speakers are required to complete either an International Affairs minor or courses in an additional language to fulfill the BSIB curriculum requirements. Click here to visit the Program Tracks page.   

BSIB Program Goals

Within the BSIB program, students expand cross-cultural awareness, develop proficiency in a foreign language, gain technical competence and professional confidence, increase understanding and experience in international business practices, and acquire unique insights from the experience of living, studying and working abroad.


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