Bachelor of Science in International Business, BSIB

The BSIB program allows students the opportunity to create their own path to experience the challenges of an international assignment that any manager may encounter during his or her career. You will have the chance to take courses in the principal fields of business and choose among our seven business concentrations. Students may choose their destination for international immersion from a wide variety of locations. Whether you do a four- or five-year program with one, two, or three co-ops, a yearlong immersion, customized study and co-op or study semesters, dual or single degree, the choice is yours.

Available Opportunities

A yearlong immersion, which includes a full semester of study at one of the traditional BSIB partners with a six-month co-op in the host country. Course work and co-op are completed in one consecutive year at the same location with business-based curricula and dual-degree opportunities. Work may be completed in either English or the language of the host country.

A customized study and co-op program during either the spring or fall terms at either a BSIB partner or via the Global Experience Office. This version of the program will allow for study semesters and co-op to be completed in separate academic years and in different locations. A wide variety of subjects are offered; not always business focused. This opportunity requires an independent international co-op search.

Custom study semesters are also available between a BSIB partner school or a program sponsored by the Global Experience Office. The study semesters can be completed in separate academic years and in different locations. Course work is generally taught in English and there are a wide variety of subjects offered.

Students also have the dual-degree option, which allows them to receive both the BSIB degree from Northeastern and an equivalent undergraduate degree from some of the partner schools. This dual-degree path is an intensive program requiring strong commitment.

With the flexibility of the BSIB, students are able to combine their undergraduate program with the Master of Science in International Management PlusOne program, the Master of Finance, or the Master of Accounting.

In conjunction with their academic advisor, students will determine an individual action plan to meet their needs. Students take the degree’s required courses in international business administration and choose a concentration from other business areas such as accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, management, information management, and supply chain management.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Differences and Diversity (DD), Natural and Designed World (ND), and Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) are not explicitly satisfied by required courses in the business curriculum at this time. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements, and if these are not fulfilled in required major courses, they should use general electives to do so.

Business Core 

ACCT 1202Financial Accounting in a Global Context4
ENTR 2301Innovation!4
FINA 2202Financial Management in a Global Context4
ORGB 3201Organizational Behavior4
MGSC 2301Business Statistics4
MKTG 2202Introduction to Marketing in a Global Context4

 International Business Requirements

INTB 1202Becoming a Global Manager4
INTB 2202Analyzing the Global Business Environment4
INTB 3202Managing the International Assignment4
INTB 4202Executing Global Strategy4

Language Proficiency or Minor Requirement

Students must test to a level of B1 proficiency in the language of their destination to qualify for their expatriate year.

Note: Students who opt for the expatriate year in England or Ireland must complete a globally focused general minor to earn the BSIB degree.  A list of qualifying minors may be found on the overview page.


Complete one of the following concentrations.  A second concentration is optional. Certain concentrations require additional prerequisites. Please consult your academic advisor to ensure you have met these requirements.

General Education 

ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3304Advanced Writing in the Business Administration Professions4
BUSN 1100Introduction to Planning for Business Co-op and Careers1
BUSN 1102Personal Skill Development for Business1
BUSN 1103Professional Development for Business Co-op1

Business Cooperative Education

Complete two six-month co-op experiences.

Business GPA Requirement

A minimum 2.000 GPA in business courses is required.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Five-Year Program: Year 3 Abroad with 3 Co-ops

Note: Plan of study will vary based upon student's academic program. Individual study plans will be created with academic advisor.

  • Additional courses may be required in place of open electives. Electives may be moved or used to fulfill language classes.
  • This plan of study will not work for the United Kingdom or Spain. Consult advisor for study plan example. Finance concentration requires Managerial Accounting in a Global Context (ACCT 2302) and Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 1115) to fulfill prerequisites.  Accounting concentration requires Managerial Accounting in a Global Context (ACCT 2302) as a prerequisite. Supply chain management requires Supply Chain and Operations Management (SCHM 2301) as prerequisite. Management information systems requires Management Information Systems (MISM 2301) as a prerequisite.
Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTB 12024MKTG 22024Elective4Co-op0
MGSC 23014FINA 22024Concentration course4 
ACCT 12024ENGW 11114  
ECON 1116 or ENTR 23014ECON 1116 or ENTR 23014  
BUSN 11021BUSN 11031  
BUSN 11001   
 18 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opINTB 22024Elective4Vacation0
 Concentration course4Concentration course4 
 0 16 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Expatriate year abroad–school and co-op0Co-op abroadCo-op abroadElective4
Concentration course4  Elective4
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Concentration course4Co-op0Co-op 0Elective4
ORGB 32014  Elective4
ENGW 33044   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
INTB 42024   
Total Hours: 131