The overall purpose of the International Business Seminars (IBS) program is to allow participants to be exposed to the international business environment and practices outside the United States. The seminars provide insight into the cultural, social, and political environments of each country visited. We feel this is a unique way for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in international business practices while experiencing the excitement of traveling outside the United States.
History of International Business Seminars (IBS)
Daniel C. Brenenstuhl, DBA, is the founder and primary force behind the International Business Seminars program. Dan received his DBA from Indiana University in 1975. While he was at Indiana working with his fellow doctoral students he developed the idea of having an international seminar where students in the business major could receive upper division credit while traveling overseas.
At the time there were no similar programs; and even today, there are relatively few such programs available. The idea was to design a seminar where students could be immersed in the international environment and meet with business leaders who could conduct seminar programs for them. These groups would travel anywhere from 10 to 30 days in the international environment and visit several different cities.
The first seminar program was planned in 1976 and offered in the summer of 1977. Since then, the IBS program has organized hundreds of seminars throughout the world. IBS has over 24,000 alumni who have participated in the seminar programs over the years.
International Business Seminars is a separate entity that organizes travel, hotel arrangements and other details of the seminars. Each university handles its own academic details, such as, granting of credit, charging tuition, etc.
Dan is a Professor Emeritus at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He formerly had regular faculty status and was tenured associate professor of management. Dan received his DBA from Indiana University in 1975.
International Business Seminars is not a credit granting institution. Students are advised to check with their IBS faculty coordinator at their home institution to insure that credit for the courses outlined above can be transferred back to their home institutions.
IBS courses are open to university students in good standing from an accredited university as well as business/professional people. Students may earn 3 semester units of undergraduate credit.
To earn 3 semester units of credit in international business or independent study, students must meet the following requirements:
- Read the materials provided by IBS on each of the countries to be visited, their economies, their policies, the organizations to be visted, and traveling tips.
- Attend all scheduled sessions with the host organizations and with the faculty.
- Actively, participate in all sessions; i.e., students must be attentive, ask thoughtful questions and be courteous.
- Write a final report about the Seminar. The final report will consist of two parts:
- The first part will be a journal of the seminar program and should contain data on each seminar visit.
- The second part of the report will require research prior to the trip. Each student will be assigned an organization that will be visited during the seminar. It is the responsibility of the student to become an expert on that organization.
Appropriate attire for the formal seminar sessions is an important factor and should be observed at all times. Most of the sessions will be presented by high-ranking corporate officials, and we recommend that you dress as though you were going for a job interview with these executives. We strive to show them that we are serious about the seminar program and appreciate their efforts on our behalf.
Paper is due 60 days after the end of the Seminar. For the Winter seminars, this means a March 15 deadline. For most Summer seminars, this means an August 15 deadline. Deadlines may change depending on your university’s deadlines.