International Business Immersion Program (IBIP)


About the Program



Imagine yourself as an executive competing in a global marketplace, as you examine entire marketing channels starting in Illinois or New Zealand.  Learn how business works in the real world.  Gain rare exposure to a unique economy down under, with its food and agribusiness environment strongly dependent on global markets.  Stand out in a competitive job market.

The International Business Immersion Program to South America consists of three inseparable components:

  1. a 400-level preparatory business course held during spring 2017;
  2. a 14-day immersion study tour in May of 2017; and
  3. a public, on-campus presentation of the students’ research findings during the Fall 2017 semester. 

The 2017 IBIP program will be headed to New Zealand from May 13-27, 2017 (subject to change depending on available flights).  Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors graduating in December 2017 are encouraged to apply.  May 2017 graduating seniors will not be considered.

The program is housed in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, but is cross-listed in the College of Business and works closely with many of the Title VI Cultural Centers on campus.

The program requires a ~$4,000 course fee, charged to your student account and eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Students are paying a subsidized program fee thanks to generous supporters of the program.  Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid after having been admitted to the program. In addition, students should apply for the study abroad funds that their respective colleges offer.  IBIP students are also highly encouraged to apply for campus I4I scholarship funding.

During the spring semester, the course will focus on international business relations in the U.S. and New Zealand. Students will become experts in one particular industry from a comparative perspective, working in teams. During the study tour, we will visit multinational companies, regulators, farmers, and local companies.

The College of ACES partners with the College of Business and is supported financially and in-kind by donors and cooperating firms. We are also very grateful to the Doug Roberts Foundation's support.

The deadline to apply for IBIP 2017 is November 4, 2016.