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The International Business Minor

Business has no borders and neither should your degree. Add international business skills to your BBA degree - travel optional!

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    Student can apply to the IB minor by completing a brief form via the Registrar's Office. Applications are non-competitive, but should be completed by March 1st/October 1st to ensure processing in time for early registration.
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    IB Minors complete IB 350 (or its equivalent) along with 12 hours of IB electives. 3 hours of electives can be satisfied through a class taken as part a study abroad program
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    The IB minor is open to all undergraduates in good standing at The University of Texas at Austin, but please note that students can generally only pursue one minor. Talk to an advisor if you have any questions!


Students in the International Business Minor complete the following:


1.  One of the following introductory courses in International Business:

    • International Trade (IB 350) - Open to all upper division students regardless of college.  Sophomores interested in taking the course should contact us for assistance.  Offered every semester.
    • Foundations of International Business (IB 320F) - restricted to non-Business students, and offered as an online course.  Offered every semester, and also counts towards the Business Foundations minor.


2.  Additional Coursework (9-12 hours) in International Business Electives:

    • A full list of International Business Electives (including when they are typically offered) is available here.  Note that while the majority of these courses are open to all students, a small number are restricted to Business students.
    • Students completing an optional international experience are required to complete 9 hours of International Business Electives.
    • Students not completing an optional international experience are required to complete 12 hours of International Business Electives.


3.  The Optional International Experience:

    • Students are encouraged to complete an international experience as part of their IB minor.  This international experience can be in the form of any any study abroad program of 4 weeks or more (including all May Term programs), or any international internship program of 6 weeks or more.
    • No specific coursework is required, and there are no restrictions on what can be studied as part of the international experience.
    • Students should request pre-approval of their plans prior to traveling to ensure their intended program will satisfy the requirement. 
    • More information about how IB minors typically complete their international experience is available here.


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    Students pursing an IB minor are able to take advantage of individualized career coaching from Center staff, as well as the CGB Mentorship Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

The International Business minor is very flexible, allowing for courses to be taken in any order and encouraging - but not requiring - an international experience.

Why should I pursue an IB minor?

The IB minor provides students with an understanding of how traditional business operations change when they cross borders.  It is designed as a complement to BBA majors as it builds on the McCombs core subjects, but it is open to students across UT.

Who can I talk to about the IB minor?

Students interested in the IB minor or any other IB options can make an appointment to meet with the Global Readiness advisor anytime.

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How do I apply for the IB minor?

Applying to the International Business minor is easy – the process is not competitive and just requires a brief form.  To apply:

    1. Go to the Registrar Document Submission page for minors.
    2. Enter your EID where indicated, and select "International Business" from the "Field of Study" menu
    3. Click Next to proceed.
    4. Select "International Business" from the "Type" menu.
    5. Confirm your choice and submit the application.


Note:  You will receive notification as soon as your application has been processed, at which time you will need to contact your academic advisor and inform them you would like your minor tied to your degree profile.

What is the deadline to apply to the IB minor?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be completed by March 1st to ensure processing in time for Early Fall Registration and by October 1st to ensure processing in time for Early Spring Registration.


What’s the difference between the IB minor and the Global Management minor?

The IB minor builds on traditional business skills, so it works best for BBA majors.  An international experience is also not required for the IB minor (whereas it is required for the Global Management minor).  Students outside of McCombs are encouraged to also consider the Global Management minor, which builds organically on the skills learned in majors like International Relations, Economics, and Communications.

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Do you have questions about your options?  Talk to an advisor today.