COVID-19 Update: Out of an abundance of caution, this year's Business is Global planned for July 5-18, 2020 in Bloomington has been cancelled. We are greatly disappointed, but the safety and well-being of all of us is more important. Please be sure to visit https://youtube.com/KelleyInternational for language, culture, and international business video content. We look forward to hosting the program again in 2021.
Business Is Global: Summer Language Program
High school students: Immerse yourself in the cultures and languages of East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey, Russia, and Eastern Europe while exploring career options.
If you are a high school sophomore, junior, or senior interested in experiencing the intersection of business, language, and culture—this two-week program is for you. This intensive experience, presented by IU CIBER (the Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research) will bring to life the phrase “business is global.”
Summer 2020 Session Dates
Application Deadline: April 8, 2020
Program Fee: $1,900
The all-inclusive program fee includes food, lodging, and classroom materials during the two-week program, as well as access to countless resources on the IU campus and a variety of planned cultural activities and entertainment.
Need-based CIBER scholarships are available. See the "How to Apply" section below for details.
What You'll Learn
In 2020, the program's curriculum will introduce you to the less-commonly taught foreign languages spoken in these dynamic economies:
- Arabic: Middle East and North Africa
- Mandarin Chinese: East Asia
- Russian: Eastern Europe and Russia
- Turkish: Turkey
Throughout the two-week program, you will:
- Learn about the cultures and communication styles of these regions and countries.
- Gain a basic understanding of the business practices of the United States and the targeted regions through an accelerated curriculum based on the Kelley School of Business’s top-ranked Bloomington undergraduate program. These business sessions introduce business vocabulary, provide a general overview of how a business operates, and demonstrate how current events impact international business.
- Experience life in an IU residence hall.
Experience Business is Global.
You get so much out of this program. You are introduced to different cultures. You get to learn the basics in business. You get to meet all these amazing professors, and you get to experience IU.Ashton, high school student
Summer 2020 Session Overview
July 5—July 18
- Sunday, July 5: Participants travel to Indiana University Bloomington and orientation begins.
- Typical weekday: Weekdays will be divided into two-day sections that will focus on the languages and cultures of the Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, and Turkish-speaking world. Mornings will include a business session and a language session. Afternoon sessions will be primarily interactive and experiential and will include regional culture sessions, as well as political and business climate sessions. This time will also include group discussions, career information sessions, and cultural and region-specific activities. Participants will also work on a team project that will be presented on the final day of the program.
- Saturday, July 18: Present final group projects in the morning. There will also be a closing reception in the afternoon to officially end the program. Families are welcome to attend this reception.
Students will depart the program following the closing reception on Saturday afternoon.
How to Apply
Deadline: April 8, 2020
All application materials, including the scholarship application and all supporting materials (letter of recommendation and registrar request for records form) must be completed and submitted by April 8, 2020.
Application Criteria: Open to Rising High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
The summer program is designed specifically for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in learning more about less commonly taught languages, international business fundamentals, and the cultures of economies around the world.
We are currently not accepting applications.
We are currently not accepting applications.
Need-based scholarship: $1,900 (based on the Scholarship Application form and proven eligibility for free/reduced lunch, which will be indicated on the Request for Records form)
Ask a teacher to write a letter of recommendation. The letter is a required part of the application process and is due by April 8, 2020. The letter can be submitted via mail or fax.
Attn: Business is Global
Institute for International Business
316 N. Jordan Avenue, Suite 200
Bloomington, IN 47405
Fill out and submit the registrar's Request for Records form.
Give the Gift of Business Is Global Scholarship
Want to help a first-generation student explore the possibilities of the IU and Kelley experience? The Institute for International Business would like to make this program fully supported through corporate and individual donations. A full program scholarship is $1,900 and will cover one student with substantial financial needs. Donations of any size are welcomed.