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Classic IB Major

IBCE Track, China

IBMENA Track, Egypt


IBA Track, Chile


CIFA Track, France


IBEA Track, Multicultural



The Sonoco International Business Department provides students at the Darla Moore School of Business with unparalleled competence in conducting business across national boundaries and diverse cultures. Below are the many tracks we offer for undergraduate students. Each one challenges their view of global business and cultural interactions through dynamic teaching and hands-on exposure.  


Tracks   Focus  Time Abroad
 Four-Year Breakdown  Language Requirements
Classic IB Global Business: Students study at one of the most elite business schools in the world, giving them a strong understanding of global dimensions as well as depth capacity in a functional area of business. 

Students spend at least one semester abroad, at one of more than 50 locations throughout the world. 


Year 1: Students spend their freshman year at the USC campus.
Year 2: During their sophomore year, students will continue their classes at the USC campus.
Year 3: Students begin their IB studies. During their second semester they will travel to study abroad in one of the 51 most elite business schools in the world.
Year 4: Students return to USC to complete their senior year.
Students must take at least four courses at the 300 level or above in one of the eight languages offered at USC. 
IBA Cohort

Universidad de Chile (UdC): Business in South America

Students spend two semesters studying in Santiago, Chile. They will spend a total of two years together with their Chilean counterparts. 

Year 1: USC students spend their freshman year at USC.
Year 2: USC students continue their studies in Columbia. During their second semester, the UdC students will join the USC students to take their first IB class together.
Year 3: Both UdC and USC students stay at USC for the first semester, studying together. During the second semester, the entire cohort will relocate to Santiago, Chile, where they begin their studies at UdC.
Year 4: USC students finish the first semester of their senior year while at UdC, then return back to the US to finish up their second semester and graduate. 

Students must continuously take Spanish classes before leaving for Chile. While at the Universidad de Chile classes will be taught in Spanish. Professional fluency will be tested upon return to the US. 

IBCE Cohort

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK): Business in China

USC students spend a total of two years studying abroad. They will have a total of three years together with their Chinese cohort counterparts. 

Year 1: USC students spend their freshman year at the USC campus. They then have the option of spending the summer in Hong Kong to participate in an intensive language program to assist in their learning of Mandarin. 
Year 2: USC students will travel to Hong Kong to unite with their CUHK counterparts. During the summer USC students are encouraged to stay in China to participate in additional study programs.
Year 3: They whole cohort comes together to study in South Carolina. They will take their first IB class together, Globalization and Business (IBUS 310). 
Year 4: All IBCE students return to Hong Kong and remain there for the final year. USC students then have a choice of finishing up their final semester in China or at USC. 

Students take intensive Mandarin classes to learn the language, and have the opportunity to participate in summer language programs.           Professional fluency in Mandarin is tested before graduation. 

IBMENA Cohort

American University in Cairo (AUC): Business in the Middle East and North America

Students will study a total of two years abroad and almost three years with their AUC cohort partners.  Year 1: USC students enjoy their freshman year at USC. They then will spend the summer in Egypt to participate in an Arabic language immersion program. 
Year 2: USC students will travel to Egypt, where they will spend the year studying with their AUC cohort counterparts. During the summer they are encouraged to participate in language study programs to better their Arabic. 
Year 3: The entire cohort will travel together back to the US, where they will continue their IB studies. Here they will take their first IB class together, Globalization and Business (IBUS 310).  Year 4: USC students will finish up their final year at the USC campus before graduating.  

Students take intensive classes in Arabic and have the opportunity to participate in summer language programs. Professional fluency is tested before graduation. 

CIFA Cohort

Université Paris-Dauphine (UD): Business in France

USC students will study in France for two semesters, and will spend a total of two years together with their UD counterparts.  Year 1: Students spend their freshman year at USC. 
Year 2: Students continue their studies at USC, beginning their business classes. 
Year 3: USC students travel to UD where they will meet their French counterparts. They will spend the year together traveling and studying in France. 
Year 4: Both USC students and UD students move together back to USC to complete the year and graduate

Students must reach high level French classes before studying abroad, as most classes at UD are taught in French. Professional Fluency is tested upon return.  

IBEA Cohort

ESSEC Business School (Singapore)

FGV-EBAPE (Brazil) 

University of Mannheim (Germany)

Students will study abroad for three full semesters, and will be together with their cohort counterparts for a total of two years.   Year 1: Our USC students enjoy their freshman year at USC. 
Year 2: The first semester of their sophomore year, our students remain at USC before traveling to meet the rest of the cohort to complete their second semester in Mannheim. 
Year 3: The entire cohort will come to USC to study together for one semester. During the second semester they will complete their studies at ESSEC's newly inaugurated campus in Singapore.
Year 4: The first semester of their senior year will be spent exploring and learning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before our USC students return to USC for their final semester. 
Students must take at least four classes at 300 level or above in either German, French or Portuguese.  

Classic International Business Major at USC

In the classic undergraduate international business major students complete a comprehensive and competitive program led by the Moore School’s renowned international business faculty. The program's mission is to develop and disseminate leading-edge knowledge concerning the practice of global business. In addition to studying international business at the Moore School, students also complete a second business major and multiple advanced level language classes, as well as spend at least one semester abroad. Students can apply for direct entry along with their USC freshman application or they can apply for competitive entry as a current underclassman. Learn more

IBA Track: Chile

The International Business in the Americas (IBA) Program is an intensive four year course of study that develops undergraduate students into professionals who can operate and succeed in the North and South American business environment. Similar to the IBCE program, students form a cohort group of 40 students - 20 from USC and 20 from Universidad de Chile. Cohort students take classes together and continue to move between institutions together. This program includes an intensive Spanish language study, and internship/graduate school opportunities. Only students applying to USC as freshman can apply for this program. Learn more

IBCE Track: Hong Kong

The International Business and Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) track is an intensive four year course of study that develops undergraduate students into professionals who can operate and succeed in the Chinese business environment. 14 USC students are paired with 21 Chinese University of Hong Kong students to form a cohort group. Cohort students take classes together and continue to move between institutions together throughout the program. This track includes two intensive studies of Mandarin and internship/graduate school opportunities. Only students applying to USC as freshman can apply for this program. Learn more

IBMENA Track: Egypt

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) international business track is a collaboration between USC and American University in Cairo, Egypt that provides students with the tools necessary to successfully compete in the MENA regional business environment. The program pairs up 20 students from USC and 20 from AUC to form a cohort. USC Students also spend two intensive summers studying Modern Standard Arabic. Learn more

CIFA Track: France

The Commerce International France Amerique (CIFA) program is a collaboration between USC and Université Paris Dauphine (UD) that offers a strong understanding of the global dimensions of business in France while building upon necessary skills to be a working professional in both local and regional environments. The program combines 20 students from USC with 20 students from UD to form a cohort that travel and learn together between countries. Learn more

IBEA Track: Singapore, Brazil, Germany  

As the first of its kind, the International Business Education Alliance (IBEA) allows students the opportunity to travel the world and absorb both culture and knowledge from four of the most respected business schools in the world. In this program, about 40 students from four different continents come together to form a cohort of students that learn from and with each other to better understand our increasingly globalized business world. Learn more