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MBA/MPA Business Language Learning

Learn a new language.

Improve your foreign language skills.
The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at McCombs is pleased to offer foreign language learning opportunities in cooperation with OpenLanguage.com. The site offers online instructional materials, podcast lessons, mobile apps, and synced flashcards to help you learn English (for non-native speakers), Arabic, French, German, Russian, or Spanish.

McCombs students, faculty, and staff receive a discounted annual subscription of $50 per language--the normal price is $240 per language). CIBER offers a dedicated staff member to keep up with users’ progress, feedback, and experience. To receive this promotional price, students must enroll before the last day of September. To enroll, directly follow the instructions below.

Eligible Students:
Full-time MBA, Texas Evening MBA, Executive MBA and MPA students only

 

Please email sabine.wimmer@mccombs.utexas.edu to receive your promotion code. Once you have the code, you can proceed with your enrollment:

 

  1. Visit the OpenLanguage.com website. 
  2. Create an account at https://openlanguage.com/accounts/signup.
  3. Be sure to click on the link within the confirmation email so that you can access your account on other devices in the future.
  4. View the Plans & Pricing page (https://openlanguage.com/pricing) and click on the "View Annual Plans" link.
  5. Click on the green Subscribe to a Standard Subscription button.
  6. On the Payment page, first double-check that you are purchasing a Standard Annual Subscription and you have selected the proper language. Then click on the "Do you have a promotion code?" link.
  7. Enter the promotion code below and click the green Apply button. The discount will be applied.
  8. Continue entering your Payment & Billing details then click on the green "Authorize Payment" button.

SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship

The objective of these awards is to support doctoral dissertation research on topics combining international and business perspectives. The fellowships are provided through an endowment from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) of the Tokyo Foundation. They will be made only to doctoral students:

  1. who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin)
  2. who have been admitted to candidacy, and
  3. whose approved dissertation research addresses, wholly or in significant part, the objective described above.

Process:
Complete the SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship Application Form and ask your graduate adviser to submit nominations to CIBER in the McCombs School. Applications will be reviewed by the UT-Austin SYLFF Steering Committee, with input from McCombs School Doctoral Advisory Committee.

Eligibility:
Applicants must be currently enrolled at UT-Austin and admitted to candidacy. Awards are based on major accomplishments since entering Graduate School, a well-defined program of research that combines international and business perspectives, a strong personal statement, and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s doctoral advisor.

Application Deadline: Extended to February 20, for the following academic year
Stipend: $10,000 Generally, four such awards are available annually.

Address:
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
McCombs School of Business
CBA 3.252
(512) 471-1829
More Information:
Deirdre Mendez, CIBER Director
Deirdre.mendez@mccombs.utexas.edu

Doctoral Internationalization Consortium

The UT CIBER is proud to participate in the CIBER Doctoral Internationalization Consortium, which comprises the CIBERs at

The purpose of these consortia is to provide doctoral students in all functional areas of business an international perspective regarding the major issues and research questions that are related to their disciplines. The consortia bring doctoral students together with prominent faculty whose traditional areas of research have not been international in scope, but who have recently internationalized their work. Students attend talks conducted by faculty members as well as participate in group discussion sessions in which international research agendas are developed.

Participating CIBERs host consortia focusing on core academic subjects, inviting doctoral students from partner institutions and elsewhere to explore international themes in their discipline, and underwriting the cost of lodging and meals for attendees.

The UT Austin CIBER hosts a biennial Doctoral Internationalization Consortium in Marketing.  The fall, 2009 event brought 25 doctoral students together with prominent international faculty to discuss international topics related to marketing.  Participants delivered a research agenda to address the questions formulated during these discussions.  UT will host another consortium in 2011.  PhD students should monitor the CIBERWeb Portal for meetings.

Past Meetings

Purdue University, International Operations Management, June 2011
University of Washington, Information Systems, June 2011
University of Pennsylvania, International Accounting, June 2010
Univeristy of Michigan, International Cultural Management/Org. Behavior, Spring 2009
University of Texas at Austin, International Marketing, Summer 2009
Duke University, Managing Strategic Change & Global Organization Design, May 2008
UCLA, International Finance, 2008
University of Washington, Information Systems, June 2008
Purdue University, International Operations Management, October 2007
University of Michigan, International Cultural Management/Organizational Behavior, Spring 2007