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International Business

  • Available as major (B.S. degree)
    Are you a global thinker who enjoys learning about different people, languages and customs? Do you enjoy traveling? Then consider a career in international business.

  • World economic events continue to open up new international business opportunities. Become a leader in bringing different countries and cultures together to organize, source, manufacture, market and conduct business activities. Help provide easy access to products and services around the world.

    A degree in international business prepares you for a career with companies and organizations that operate within a global context. Jobs are available around the world — either with companies based in the U.S. that have international operations or with foreign companies.

    Consider the various ways you can use your degree in the wide spectrum of possibilities, including: 

    • Imports and exports (goods and services)
    • Tourism (hotels, airlines, travel agencies)
    • Transportation (shipping companies)
    • Licensing and franchising (use of assets, business operations)
    • Turnkey operations (construction of facilities)
    • Management contracts (supplying management personnel)
    • Direct investment (investing in a foreign company with either a controlling interest or as part of a joint or mixed venture)
    • Portfolio investment (non-controlling interest, receiving stock or making loans)

    Also consider the risks and challenges you may face in this career path. Relating appropriately cross-culturally; navigating various governments and political structures; understanding differences in currencies and business practices; communicating clearly in native languages; dealing with climate differences are just a few of them.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study Christian formation and faith, business statistics, global marketing, international trade and finance.
    • Minor in a foreign language to expand your communication
    • Study abroad and experience global business ventures firsthand in Europe, China, Costa Rica, India and other locations.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) —Teach the business skills you learn in the classroom to those in the communities around you. Take the lead in developing and implementing projects focusing on market economics, financial literacy, success skills, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and ethics.

    Internships – Build your résumé, make connections and network with professionals while you learn skills that help you survive and thrive on the job.


    If you are you a person who is:

    • creative
    • flexible
    • excited about travel
    • good with numbers
    • confident
    • a clear communicator
    • patient while you gain experience
    • ready to take a leadership role
    • then consider a career in international business.

    Possible employers include: nonprofit organizations, banks, import-export companies

    Possible careers include: international banking, international sales, interpretation and translation services, international real estate, international trader, international shipping, international e-commerce

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  • Pair your love for travel and other cultures with the business know-how you need to build a successful career.

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