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 Mike Shealy, CIBER Director.
For more information concerning all CIBER Business Language Programs, please visit CIBERweb.