For many prospective students, choosing which program to enroll in at university is a tricky decision. They might enjoy a variety of subjects, but not have a clear “passion” for just one topic. Or they might know that they want to live abroad, use their communication skills, and work with other people, but aren’t sure which career paths combine their skill set.
If you’re adaptable, interested in learning about other cultures, and work well under pressure, then a Bachelor of Arts in international business might be the perfect fit for you.
Here’s a closer look at some of the skills that are important to international business, and how studying abroad can help you prepare for this rewarding career path.
You’re Interested in Learning About Other Cultures While You Study Abroad in Rome
Cross-cultural communication skills are an important part of succeeding in international business. After all, launching a new product, opening an office in another country, and many other international initiatives can quickly sour if local customs aren’t appropriately respected. One of the many benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to develop cultural sensitivity through exposure to diverse international perspectives in the classroom, campus activities, and explorations in a foreign land.
International schools like John Cabot University welcome a diverse student body – in fact, JCU students come from approximately 70 different countries! That means that as you study abroad in Rome, you won’t just learn about Italian culture and customs. You’ll also discover the customs of many other countries around the world, opening your eyes to a variety of points of view.
You Have Effective Communication Skills
If you’re good at getting your point across, listening to others attentively, and communicating in writing and in person, you can put those skills to good use at business school in Rome. A career in business may involve developing strategies with team members from diverse backgrounds, negotiating with suppliers to get a good deal, listening to input from employees, and connecting with clients. All of these communication skills apply to international business careers but with the additional challenges of interacting between languages, markets, trade laws and bureaucracies.
Today’s supply chain management, client relations, and competition increasingly occur on a global scale, demanding an understanding of the unique complexities of various markets. While that might sound daunting at first, studying abroad as you pursue your Bachelor of Arts in International Business is an ideal first exposure to other languages and cultures. If you decide to study Italian at JCU, for example, you can practice your second language on a daily basis speaking with other students, running errands, or ordering food at a restaurant – and that’s on top of class lessons from experienced instructors.
You’re Interested in an Internship Experience While You Study Abroad in Rome
Practical experience in an international setting is a great way to break into the field of international business. That’s why many students at JCU complete internships while they study abroad. In fact, it’s part of what drew them to study in Rome in the first place!
If you want to work in an international setting – either at school or later on in your career, then a degree in international business can help you combine theoretical knowledge with practical know-how.
Breaking into a new market, launching a new ad campaign, or revitalizing an international office often involve finding creative solutions to unexpected problems, or working under tight time constraints. Studying international business abroad in a dynamic learning environment like JCU develops these valuable adaptation and project management skills that can open a world of opportunities.
Want to start your own international adventure?
Visit our website to discover our international business program, or learn more about JCU’s other Bachelor of Arts programs.