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Darla Moore School of Business

Faculty Development in International Business

The University of South Carolina CIBER offers and supports annual Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs — both international and domestic — covering a wide variety of international business topics, site visits, workshops, academic lectures and seminars, and business networking in locations throughout the world.  Faculty, instructors, business professionals, graduate students and adminstrators are invited to participate.


13th Annual FDIB-Africa Program
"Understanding the Business Challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa"
South Africa, Zambia & Botswana — May 5-19, 2019

This faculty and professional two-week overseas study program is sponsored and lead-managed by the SC CIBER team of Rob Rolfe and Mike Shealy.  Co-sponsored by several other CIBER universities, the program is an opportunity for all faculty/  participants and guests to experience firsthand the unique business challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa as they travel to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia; and Kasane and Chobe, Botswana to participate in numerous business and academic site visits, culture tours and academic and professional seminars.  Scheduled visits include:  Embassies and Consulates, Governmental and Non-Governmental Agencies, Financial and Banking institutions, ICT companies, Agri-business, Colleges and Universities, Women's Entrepreneurship Programs, Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Eco-Tourism sites and other major industries in the Southern African region.  FDIB-Africa Program fees (round-trip airfare not included) are: faculty/professional participants, $5,000; spouse/adult guest of participant, $4,500; and graduate students, $4,000.  The program is capped at 30 total participants and guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Although the official deadline for application was December 1, 2018, please note than as of October 15, 2018, all available slots have been taken.  The waiting list (in case of cancellation by admitted participants) will also be on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be active until March 1, 2019.  To apply, please use the application form link below.  For current and any additional information, please contact Mike Shealy, CIBER Director at your convenience.

2019 FDIB-Africa Program Brochure [pdf]

2019 FDIB-Africa Application form   

                                           SAVE THE DATE  -  2020
For the first time since the program originally launched in 2007, the University of South Carolina CIBER (along with co-sponsor The George Washington University CIBER) will conduct two FDIB-Africa programs "back-to-back" in May/June 2020, allowing participants and guests to attend either/both programs.  The proposed schedule for the two 2020 East African programs tentatively  includes:

May 2020:   Rwanda & Uganda (Kigali/Volcanos N.P. &
Kampala/Murchison Falls)
May & June 2020:   Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha & Serengeti N.P.)

Note:  The application link for both programs will be available here in June 2019.


There are also several other CIBER FDIB/PDIB overseas study programs — in both summer and winter — offered by other CIBER schools and consortia, including programs to the Middle East (UAE, Egypt & Oman), China, Australia, Cuba, Ireland, Peru/Colombia, Chile, Brazil/Argentina/Chile and Hong Kong.  For more information concerning all CIBER FDIB Programs - both domestic and overseas, please visit CIBERweb.



FDIB: On-Campus Programs


31st annual FDIB Seminars Program — June 2-7, 2019

The nation’s longest running and most comprehensive program for faculty teaching international business is hosted by the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business (DMSB), the Moore School’s Sonoco International Business Department and the University of South Carolina CIBER.  The program is scheduled to be conducted at the DMSB in Columbia, South Carolina. The program’s three scheduled concurrent seminars — (1) Survey of International Business, (2) International Management & Global Strategy and (3) International Business Across Regions of the World  — are designed for faculty who desire to teach or who are already teaching international business courses and provide them with the skills and resources necessary to create and implement a world-class international business curriculum. The program also offers one-hour bonus sessions on emerging and transition markets. There are a limited number of $1,000 CIBER scholarships available for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Community Colleges (CC) faculty via a separate seminar selection choice on the registration page.  There is also a 15% discount per participant to those institutions sending three or more faculty participants.  The program fee for all other faculty - to include international faculty - is $1,995 for each of the three concurrent week-long seminars.  

For further information, please contact Mike Shealy, CIBER Director.

2019 FDIB Seminar Brochure [pdf]

2019 FDIB Seminar Application form