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Video Series: Cultural Interviews with International Business Executives

This Center for Global Business funded program is a compilation of over 800 brief video clips. Foreign executives discuss cultural issue of interest to North Americans - from negotiation practices to social situations.

The interviews offer the opinions of real people, which are at times contradictory, and serve to stimulate discussion. They introduce diverse vocabulary in a professional setting, and offer non-native speakers of foreign languages examples of natural speech, illustrating the way that speakers really talk. The video clip library includes interviews in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Turkish and Russian which can be viewed here.  

To learn more about Dr. Orlando Kelm's language learning project visit this blog and for his intercultural communication project visit this blog.

Study Abroad Recruiting Resources

Study Abroad Recruiting Resources

Study Abroad and Recruiting

The UT Center for Global Business has collaborated with the CIBER at Michigan State University to produce an Online Resource for Study Abroad and Recruiting to help institutions and their students convey the value of study abroad to recruiters. The site includes a discussion forum in which study abroad and career professionals discuss ways to structure, undertake and describe study abroad to maximize its value as a differentiator on resumes and in interviews. It also features a video of an advising technique that helps students articulate their business-relevant experiences and learning from study abroad.

The Center for Global Business contributes every year a number of programs for UT’s International Education Week. We thought these presentations might be of interest to students and coordinators at other schools as well. 

Do you speak American? (video)

Exchange Students and Study Abroad alumni share their experiences abroad. Hear their challenging, funny, and true student stories about studying abroad in the US or being an American student studying abroad.

Unpacking Seminar: I studied abroad. Will it get me a job?

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Study abroad alumni, study abroad advisors, academic advisors, and career services advisor talk about making the most out of their study abroad experience. Watch Fenny Jie, a McCombs Summer Program participant, and Andrea Chytil, a McCombs academic advisor, "unpack" Fenny's study abroad experiences from the McCombs Edinburgh Program.

CIBER Alumni Student Panel

Question: How did you pay for study abroad?

Question: What were the dorms like?

Question: Were you able to access the internet?

Money Matters (video and PowerPoint)

Learn more about the scholarship process and putting together successful applications from study abroad alum Bryan Turnbough and former McCombs program coordinator Angie Carter.

Money Matters: Scholarship and Financial Aid Information (PowerPoint) 
Bryan Turnbough, a UT International Business and Asian Studies Major, presents the financial aid and scholarship process from the student perspective. Bryan has put this presentation together from his own study experiences and his research working at the Study Abroad Office on the Abroadly Speaking magazine.

Strong Scholarship Applications (PowerPoint)
Learn more about scholarships available to McCombs students and how to prepare a strong scholarship application through Global Assist.

International Program Models

International Program Models

Our goal in assembling this information is to provide examples of McCombs program models and materials that might serve as templates for other departments and institutions.  The UT-Austin Center for Global Business has had a role in developing a number of international program models for McCombs students, including:
  • Semester exchange (MBA and undergraduate)
  • Double degree (MBA)
  • Five-week study abroad (undergraduate)
  • Two-week course-based study tours (MBA)
  • An on-campus short-term program bringing undergraduate students from three partner universities to work with McCombs students

Information about each of these can be found in the links below.  In addition to the list of program models, we have compiled materials we have created for a variety of purposes.  Below are web pages and documents you may find helpful in designing and implementing study abroad programs.  There is a great deal of additional information available on the BBA International Programs, Dual Degree Programs, Exchange Programs and Global Connections Study Tours web pages.  If you have any questions, feel free to email centerforglobalbusiness@mccombs.utexas.edu.

Resources for International Programs

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Cultural Analysis Study Abroad Toolkit

Cultural Analysis Study Abroad Toolkit

Dr. Deirdre Mendez has developed a set of materials students can use while abroad to perform a self-guided cultural assessment of a new environment.  The materials help them anticipate problems they will face in the new context, solve problems that arise while abroad, and learn from the experience.  The toolkit can be deployed with minimal introduction and no in-country supervision.  It is suitable for study tours and short-term, semester and year-long programs.  It is designed to be used by students from any cultural environment going to any destination, and is available for education and training purposes at no cost.

Center for Global Business has provided copies of the toolkit for general study abroad and for business study abroad/internships here for you to download at no cost, as well as explanatory and supplementary materials.

For additional information please view the video below or contact:

Deirdre Mendez, PhD
Center for Global Business
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station B6000
Austin, TX 78712
Ph: +1 (512) 471-8031
Deirdre.Mendez@mccombs.utexas.edu

Watch the "Eight Cultural Dimensions" Presentation:

This video provides a quick description of the eight cultural dimensions and the two cultural tendencies associated with each one.

Cultural analysis from the Center for Global Business at McCombs School of Business

Cultural Tendency Overview

Download the documents here:


Executive Toolkit

Executive Toolkit

Dr. Deirdre Mendez has developed a set of materials executives can use to perform a self-guided cultural assessment of a new environment. The materials will help users anticipate problems they will face in the new context, solve problems that arise while abroad, and learn from the experience.  The toolkit is designed to be used by people from any cultural environment going to any destination, and is available at no cost.

For additional information please view the video below or contact:

Deirdre Mendez, PhD
Center for Global Business
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station B6000
Austin, TX 78712
Ph: +1 (512) 471-8031
Deirdre.Mendez@mccombs.utexas.edu

Download the documents here:

Executive Toolkit Materials

Watch the "Memo of Understanding" Video

Watch the "Eight Cultural Dimensions" Presentation:

This video provides a quick description of the eight cultural dimensions and the two cultural tendencies associated with each one.

Cultural analysis from the Center for Global Business at McCombs School of Business

Cultural Tendency Overview

GET Exporting Program

GET Exporting Program

As part of our funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI CIBE grant program, the Center for Global Business piloted a project-based course designed to link student teams with entrepreneur-led businesses in Austin (the #1 entrepreneurship location in the U.S., according to CNBC).  The GET Exporting program was built around a course titled "Exporting for Entrepreneurs". In the course, student teams are paired with emerging businesses to develop export plans for the companies.  Alex Gabbi, the course instructor, has assembled a large set of information designed to help other instructors launch similar programs, click on Getting Started, Client Materials and Assignments to be directed to the documents.