Northern Illinois University College of Business

School of Record

IBS is not a credit granting institution. Students are advised to check with their facility coordinator at their home institution to insure that credit for our course can be transferred. Independent Study is often a potential option for earning credit on off-campus programs. IBS courses are open to university students in good standing from an accredited university. Your facility advisor is more than welcome to contact our Enrollment Manager, Ms. Kayla Ihrig ( with any academic questions they may have.

IBS works with the following universities to ensure that students at these institutions receive academic credit when participating on an IBS program:
Ashland University, Baylor University, Bryant University, California Lutheran University, California State University Fullerton, Canisius College, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State University, Loyola University of Maryland, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Murray State University, North Dakota State University, Northern Illinois University, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Florida, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and Wayne State University.

If you are NOT a student from one of the above universities, you have two choices:
1). You can participate in the IBS course for no credit.
2). You can utilize our School of Record (NIU) to earn transferrable academic credit!

Through our School of Record relationship with the Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Business, you can now receive credit from a high-caliber, large, accredited state research university.

Northern Illinois University

aacsbInternational Business Seminars is not a credit granting institution but through our relationship with the Northern Illinois University (NIU) as our School of Record as well as collaboration with the College of Business and the Study Abroad Office, you can now receive credit from a high-caliber, AACSB-accredited state research institution. NIU’s AACSB International accreditation is the most respected and highest credential of excellence for business and accountancy schools worldwide and only 4% of business schools around the globe have achieved this accreditation. The COB holds this accreditation at all levels: baccalaureate, masters, and accounting.

The transfer and application of academic credit is ultimately decided by your home academic institution, but having NIU as a school of record strengthens the likelihood that it will be accepted! You are advised to, again, check with your advisor at your home institution to ensure that credit for our course can be utilized towards your degree requirements. IBS courses are open to university students in good standing from any accredited university.

NIU Faculty-Directed Study Abroad Application Checklist»

Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a Signature Verification Form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office through the online application.

Application Links:
Winter One | Winter Two | Winter MBA |  Winter SE Asia
Summer Europe |  Summer China | Summer MBA

NIU students studyingIMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received via check or money order. The study abroad office will not consider or process applications until this has application fee/deposit has been received. In order to reserve your place in the program, you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of the application date. After 14 days, all applications without a deposit will be inactivated.

Questions on the process through Northern Illinois University can be directed to:
Study Abroad Office
Northern Illinois University
Phone: (815) 753-0700 Email:
Upon completion of the seminar, and all requisite assignments, students can submit a request to the NIU Office of Registration and Records for their transcripts: Here

Since 1976, International Business Seminars has made a difference in the lives of over 24,000 students that participated on our programs. This is a testament to the quality of IBS programs. If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email!
Phone: (480) 874-0100 Email:



The admission process begins when the NIU Study Abroad Office receives all completed forms and your application fee.

A complete application includes all of the following materials. Please keep this checklist for your records. Study Abroad staff review files regularly and will contact you if any documents are missing. Call the Study Abroad Office to find out about the status of your application. Northern Illinois University, Study Abroad Office, Williston Hall 417, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Phone: (815) 753-7399

Date Mailed Application Materials*
Application for NIU Administered Study Abroad Programs
Student Application Agreement
Course Preference Form
A sealed official transcript with update grades.

Undergraduate Applications: Non-NIU students must request an official transcript from the post-secondardy institution that they are currently attending or have most recently attended.

Student-at-Large Applications: Non-NIU students who are applying to a program to earn graduate level credit are required to submit an official transcript showing that a baccalaureate degree was earned.

A clear and readable copy of the first page of your passport. If you have not yet applied for a passport you can indicate this on page 2 of the application.
Passport size photographs (number of photos required varies per program).
A check or money order for $200 payable to Northern Illinois University. The non-refundable program deposit will be applied to your program cost when you are accepted into the program. Please staple the payment to your application.
NIU Undergraduate Application for Admission (visiting student status)
The Undergraduate Application Fee to NIU is $40 (non-refundable) and can be paid online.
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