The University of South Carolina's CIBER supports several Darla Moore School of Business study abroad programs for students, primarily through financial support to faculty and staff to assist with curriculum, program development and program management, as well as domestic and international travel costs. In 2016 and 2017, program fee scholarships are also available to both faculty and students from our consortium of minority-serving Institutions and community colleges.
Undergraduate Business Study Abroad: Doing Business Around the World
Each year, the Moore School offers numerous short-term business study abroad programs open to all business school students, to include such locations as New Zealand, Turkey, Southeast Asia, Africa and several locations in Western and Eastern Europe . For information on all the available locations, cost and eligibility, please contact the Business Study Abroad Office.
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 2014 - September 2018, 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
CIBER Business Language Conference:
International Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes - March 2018 (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL)
This bi-annual symposium is sponsored by the 17 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs). The event brings together educators, scholars, publishers, language policy makers and leaders worldwide for individual papers, panels, round table discussions, interactive workshops, posters and technological tools showcases. The 2018 conference is scheduled to be hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. More detailed information to be provided as conference marketing materials and details are completed.
International MBA Language Tracks
Students selecting the International MBA 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 International MBA 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.
Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) — Spanish Workshop: June 4-9, 2017
Conducted concurrently with the annual FDIB International Business Seminar Series (see Faculty Development), this workshop instructs high school and university-level Spanish instructors on techniques and strategies for teaching Business Spanish to their students. The program fee is $950 for college-level instructors with a limited number of CIBER scholarships of $500 each available to the first 10 confirmed applicants; the fee is only $100 for the week-long program for High School instructors of Spanish. For more information please, contact CIBER Director Mike Shealy.
For more information concerning all CIBER Business Language Programs, please visit CIBERweb.
The University of South Carolina CIBER, like the other 16 Centers for International Business Education and Research in the United States, has been given six mandates from the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Education Act of 1965 to promote international business in its various forms. Two of those mandates fall under the heading of OUTREACH activities:
- Serve as regional resources to local businesses by providing programs and research designed to meet the international training needs of such businesses.
- Serve as regional resources for other faculty, students and institutions of higher education.
SC CIBER offers a variety of programs and activities to local businesses, faculty, students and institutions in the state of South Carolina and the southeast region to enhance international business experience and expertise. These activities and programs include but are not limited to: Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs, Historically Black College and University (HBCU) outreach, International Business research initiatives, as well as seminars, workshops and conferences.
Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Programs
The University of South Carolina CIBER manages and leads the CIBER leading edge activity FDIB-Africa program each year, with usually several participant slots and CIBER scholarship stipends available to faculty from our regional area. Learn more.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Outreach and Community Colleges (CC) Outreach
The University of South Carolina CIBER reserves participant slots for HBCU Faculty in its FDIB programs, as well as making available generous scholarship stipends for faculty from HBCU institutions, MSI and CC in our region and nationally.
The SC CIBER is also the lead-CIBER is a new, four-year program of outreach to MSI and CC faculty and students that will incorporate:
- A free FDIB seminar series for MSI and Community College faculty in Atlanta, GA, in March 2015
- One-on-one mentoring of MSI and Community College faculty to internationalize the business curriculum at selected schools
- Short term study abroad opportunities and funding for faculty and students from MSI and CC institutions
- Hosting a research conference especially designed for MSI and CC faculty
- International Business Research Initiatives
To promote the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses in the global market—especially
those businesses in South Carolina and the southeast — SC CIBER offers annual CIBER
research grants to its Moore School faculty as primary researchers on various research
topics of international significance (outsourcing, homeland security, new technologies
and international business, micro-finance, multinational corporations, and business
challenges in Africa and Asia), and encourage them, when possible, to partner with
other faculty from other institutions in our region. This research initiative supports
not only regional faculty and businesses, but also the future global business interests
of all U.S. companies.
For additional information concerning CIBER Outreach opportunities, visit the CIBERweb.
The University of South Carolina CIBER has a long and successful history of funding and supporting International Business research, investing an average of one-quarter of its annual CIBER budget to research. As a result, CIBER has assisted the Sonoco International Business Department faculty in becoming the most prolific International Business research department in the Unites States for many consecutive years, as well as supporting other Darla Moore School of Business faculty in their IB-related research, while adding valuable literature to the area of U.S. competitiveness in the global market.
The SC CIBER is also actively involved in several other research initiatives and activities:
CIBER Working Paper Series - University of South Carolina
The SC CIBER has published over 200 research papers since its inception in 1989, and will again devote a substantial portion of its new four-year grant award toward additional research initiatives, primarily in the areas of Interaction between Multinational Corporations and Institutional Environments, Micro-Finance, Interaction of Global Business and Homeland Security Issues , and CIBER LEADING EDGE ACTIVITY African Business and US-Africa Business Relations. Learn more.
International Organization Network (ION) - various universities
ION is a loosely structured group consisting of more than 70 scholars and practitioners whose goal is to increase the quality and impact of research on people and their effectiveness in international organizations. The group strives to initiate research regarding a variety of issues related to management that affect international organizational operations and success. ION is also intended to serve as a network, connecting groups of people who do not normally have the opportunity to interact, but are all affected by the issues addressed at the conferences. For instance, ION consists primarily of academic scholars, but also includes practitioners with field experience. Not only does this diversity in composition bring about an interesting mix of opinions and ideas, but it also allows these two groups (whose work often directly affects one another) to discuss ways to improve management practices.
This year six senior HR executives and Chief Learning Officers joined 32 ION members for a special set of sessions. The central focus of the conference was discussion of The Handbook of Global Organizing and Managing. This book is the product of the collaborative effort of 36 ION members and translates the very leading edge of international management thought and practices into a single statement on managing global complexity. The presence of chief learning officers and senior HR managers also provided an occasion for a stimulating dialogue about a host of relevant issues. In addition to a strong contingent drawn from throughout the U.S., participants came from Turkey, Kenya, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Japan, the United Kingdom, the West Indies, Germany, Denmark and Canada.
For more information concerning all CIBER Research initiatives, please visit the CIBERweb.