Bachelor of Science in International Business, BSIB

Globalization of the world economy, international trade, and the growth of multinational firms have created an increasing demand for managers who are equipped to address the complexities of international business. The D’Amore-McKim School of Business offers the Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB) to meet the needs of highly motivated students who are interested in careers in international business whether abroad or in the United States.

The primary purpose of the BSIB is to give students the opportunity to experience the challenges of an expatriate assignment that any manager may encounter during his or her career. The program requires that students complete an expatriate year of overseas study and work. To offer the BSIB program, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business partners with a group of business schools around the world that have a similar philosophy of preparing globally minded managers and encourages classroom study and work placements.

To earn the BSIB, students must complete both the academic and work components of the program. Course work may be completed in either four or five years. The work component (co-op) consists of a minimum of two and potentially up to three placements. Students must complete a six-month co-op in the host country where they studied. The overseas co-op takes place either immediately after or in conjunction with the students’ overseas study semester, which is determined by the host country. 

Many of our partners in Europe and Central/South America offer the opportunity for a dual degree. The dual degree program allows students to spend two years at the partner school and earn a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern and the equivalent degree from the partner institution.

The D’Amore-McKim School of Business has designed a PlusOne program, which combines the BSIB degree with a Master of Science in International Management (MSIM). This option allows eligible students to overlap their last semester of their senior year with the first semester of a one-year master's program and gives the opportunity to earn the undergraduate and master's degrees in the time frame of five years of study.

Students, in conjunction with their academic advisor, 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. In addition to this required functional concentration, students can choose to complete one or more additional concentrations.

BSIB students can choose from two expatriate year destination options. The first requires proficiency in a foreign language; the second requires the completion of a globally focused general minor. Both options require immersion in the local culture to sharpen their language proficiency, cross-cultural capabilities, and business skills.

1. Students who opt for an expatriate year destination in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, or Spain must achieve proficiency in the host country language. Proficiency is determined by standardized examination.

Students who opt for an expatriate year in China and Japan take their course work in English. However, the program requires a strong language preparation that is essential to function in daily life and to broaden the students' options for securing a cooperative education work assignment.

2. Students who opt for the expatriate year in England or Ireland must complete a globally focused general minor to earn the BSIB degree. The following is a list of qualifying minors.

General Minor Options
  • African studies
  • Cultural anthropology
  • East Asian studies
  • Latino/a, Latin American, and Caribbean studies
  • Global social entrepreneurship
  • Emerging markets
  • International affairs
  • International security studies
  • Jewish studies
  • Middle East studies
Language Minor Options
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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.

Concentration

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 Requirement

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 4 Abroad, 2 Co-ops (MSIM)

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

  • Language proficiency tested at the end of each year to determine progression. Electives may be moved or 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 22024Vacation or study abroad /Dialogue0Vacation or study abroad/Dialogue0
MGSC 23014FINA 22024  
ACCT 12024ENGW 11114  
ECON 1116 or ENTR 23014Elective4  
BUSN 11021   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENTR 2301 or ECON 11164INTB 22024Elective4Co-op0
Concentration course4Concentration course4Concentration course4 
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
BUSN 11001BUSN 11031  
 17 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ORGB 32014INTB 32024Vacation0
 Concentration course4Elective4 
 ENGW 33044  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Expatriate yearExpatriate yearExpatriate yearExpatriate year
Elective4Co-op abroadCo-op abroadCo-op abroad
Elective4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
INTB 42024Final graduate-level classes for MSIM  
Elective4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0  
Total Hours: 131

Five-Year Program: Year 3 Abroad with 3 Co-ops (Dual Degree) 

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

  • Language proficiency tested at the end of each year to determine progression. Electives may be moved or 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
BUSN 11021FINA 22024Concentration course4 
MGSC 23014ENGW 11114  
ACCT 12024BUSN 11031  
ECON 1116 or ENTR 23014ECON 1116 or ENTR 23014  
BUSN 11001   
 18 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opINTB 22024Elective4Co-op0
 Concentration course4Concentration course4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Expatriate year abroad–school and co-op0Co-op abroadCo-op abroadVacation0
Concentration course4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Concentration course4Co-op0Co-op 0Vacation0
ORGB 32014   
ENGW 33044   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
INTB 42024Elective14  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131
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If a student completes summer classes and no vacation, these electives will not be necessary.