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Business Language

The University of South Carolina CIBER supports the Moore School in offering business language instruction in numerous languages to students and faculty in a variety of curricula and programs. Of special note: During the CIBER Grant Cycle from October 2010 - September 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (the source of the CIBER grant) is placing major emphasis upon instruction and competence in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and critical languages. The South Carolina CIBER and the Moore School support the study of many business languages, the majority of which are LCTLs.

Programs and Activities

2014 CIBER Business Language Conference:  April 24-26, 2014, Park City, Utah
The University of South Carolina invites you to join us and all 33 sponsoring Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) in Park City, Utah, for an exchange of ideas and perspectives on how foreign language educators can best assess and meet the current and future linguistic and cross-cultural needs of global business leaders. The BYU CIBER serves as the 2014 host, and will soon have program and registration information available online.  Recent past conference hosts have included:
-  2013:  Indiana University CIBER, in Bloomington, IN 
-  2012:  University of North Carolina CIBER, in Chapel Hill, NC
-  2011:  University of South Carolina CIBER, in Charleston, SC
-  2010:  University of Pennsylvania CIBER, in Philadelphia, PA

International MBA (IMBA) Language Tracks 
Students selecting the IMBA language track combine their business education with intensive language training in one of eight languages—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish. In addition to language training, students will have an internship in a country that speaks the language they have studied. All IMBA language tracks are 20-22 months, with the exception of Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, which require 29-34 months of study to give students added exposure to the more complex languages and cultures of these countries. After their internships are completed, students return to the Moore School in Columbia, South Carolina, to continue their business education. This second year of the program is designed for the students to obtain depth in their areas of interest. Students take elective classes during their final two semesters either at USC. All students have the opportunity to have a concentration in a designated area. Also, the University of South Carolina CIBER and the Moore School are members of the Global Business School Network (GBSN), and are actively involved in furthering all aspects of graduate international business education, to include business language instruction, graduate research initiatives, curriculum development, and international/overseas experience through study abroad, field studies, internships and global/international corporate consulting projects.

Undergraduate International Business Major
Undergraduate students who select the undergraduate International Business major (consistently ranked as No. 1 by U.S.News&World Report) are required to complete four advanced courses (300 level or above) in one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. The University of South Carolina CIBER and the Moore School of Business are also members of the Consortium of Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE), and are actively involved in furthering all aspects of undergraduate international business education, to include business language instruction, undergraduate research initiatives, curriculum development and international/overseas experience through study abroad, field studies and internships.

For more information concerning all CIBER Business Language Programs, please visit CIBERweb.