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Business Foundations | Summer Institute
  • BFP Student Large Group


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  • Can I transfer credit for courses into the Business Foundations Summer Institute?
    No, all 5 courses must be taken together in the summer program.
  • What is the difference between the TBFSI certificate and a BFP certificate?
    The Business Foundations Program is worth 24 credit-hours and restricted to students of The University of Texas at Austin. It can be completed during student's undergraduate degree and up to a year after. The Texas Business Foundations Summer Institute (TBFSI) is a 15 credit-hour summer program that is open to students enrolled in any accredited university or colleges in a traditional degree program. Students are accepted through the competitive application process. The summer program is taught over an 8-week period (June & July). Each program offers certification for students who complete the curriculum. If a student completes both the Business Foundations Program and the Business Foundations Summer Institute, he/she will receive two certificates.
  • Can I use TBFSI courses toward a business degree here at UT?
    No. None of the BFP courses count towards a business degree from UT. The courses are designed for non-business majors only.
  • Can I take TBFSI courses on a pass/fail basis?
    If you want to earn the transcriptable BFP certificate, you must take the required courses for a letter grade. You may take the courses pass-fail only if you do not plan to earn the certificate.
  • What is my placement on the Business Foundations Summer Institute waitlist?
    Students are admitted to TBFSI based on a multitude of factors. Currently-admitted participants have until March 1 to pay their non-refundable deposit for the institute. After March 1, we will have a better idea of how many – if any – TBFSI spots are available. We will notify you promptly if you are admitted from the waitlist.
  • What is the difference between the TBFSI certificate and a minor in business?
    The certificate is more than a minor (which requires only 12 hours) and less than a major. Students from other institutions will be given a UT transcript documenting their courses.
  • What is the certificate worth to employers or an MBA program?
    The certificate is an overlay to your major and sets you apart from job candidates that do not have business course credit. It demonstrates to potential employers that, in addition to knowledge of your major, you have a foundation of business knowledge that you can bring to your job. The courses can be viewed as the equivalent of a minor and will meet the prerequisite requirements for many M.B.A. programs.