International Business

Get ready for exciting international careers at multinational firms, global financial service organizations and international centers of trade

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Overview

International Business

When you think about where you want to be in life, are you thinking about the whole world? Then international business knowledge is a must for you. Our international business option is designed to give you an increased awareness of the economic, political, geographic and sociocultural factors that impact doing business across national boundaries.

This area of study prepares you for exciting international careers at multinational firms and can lead to exciting and rewarding opportunities abroad.  It begins with this degree requiremetn: students must study overseas for one term via the Arthur Stonehill International Exchange Programs as part of their coursework.

Because those leaders who eventually hold high-level positions in international businesses often start their careers in entry-level business positions, all international business students also complete the requirements for a primary discipline within business.

International business is an option for accounting, business administration, business information systems, finance, management or marketing majors in Corvallis, or for online business administration majors with Ecampus.  For students with a first major other than Business Administration, earning a 2nd major is possible by adding the Business Administration major with the International Business Option to their current program of study.

Associated Programs:

The option in international business is available to students enrolled in the accounting, business administration, business information systems, finance, management or marketing programs.

Today's accountants are tech-savvy problem-solvers, insightful planners and strategic thinkers. Many of the “number-crunching” tasks formerly thought to be part of an accountant's world have long ago been replaced by sophisticated software. Instead, you can expect a satisfying and challenging professional career as an accountant, with lucrative and stable employment in a respected profession.

Our business administration degree provides you with broad business skills in accounting and quantitative methods, an understanding of the legal and social environment of business, and a background in management and organizational behavior, marketing, finance, and operations management.

As businesses continue to improve their competitive advantage, Information systems such as databases, web services and business applications are supplying strategic and operational opportunities for business leadership and decision making. You'll learn to harness technology to help organizations gain the right insights, improve operations, make the right predictions and achieve a competitive advantage in today's rapidly changing environment.

Finance is harnessing the power of money to make things happen. Effective financing enables life-saving research, ground-breaking engineering, and building of infrastructure on which communities and nations depend. On a more personal scale, financial planning and markets enable homeownership, entrepreneurial successes, and comfortable retirements.

Your degree will prepare you for management in both goods-producing and service enterprises for fluency in the management of systems, personnel and/or quality. The job sector is expanding faster than many other occupations, and it is a competitive job market. You’ll gain the strategic communication and leadership tools to run teams, divisions and entire companies.

The heart of marketing is creating value in a complex, advanced economy. Marketing consists of a sequence of activities: identifying customer needs, developing goods and services to satisfy those needs, communicating information about products to potential customers, and distributing the products to customers.

28+

degrees and areas of focus

85% Job placement rate

of classes have fewer than 50 students

450

companies recruit our students each year

International Business Opportunities

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Sydney, Australia: University of Technology Sydney

Vienna, Austria: Vienna University of Economics & Business

Santiago, Chile: Universidad de Chile, Facultad Economia y Negocios

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Student organizations and clubs

Associated Clubs

Business Information Systems

Supply Chain Club

Management Association

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Scholarship

Scholarships

Joe D Lewis Scholarship

Foodguys Values Business Scholarship

Helen Mae Cropsey Memorial Scholarship

Glenn L Jackson Memorial Scholarship

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Careers

Possible Careers

Human Resources

Sales Manager

Public Relations

Market Research Analyst

COB International Network Club

Whether you’re curious about the challenges and opportunities an international student faces, or you’ve learned first-hand about these exciting moments through your own travels, COB Inc is the place to make friends from all over the world, and help a new international student get comfortable on our campus.

COB Inc (College of Business International Network Club) is a student club created to support incoming international business and design students as they transition into OSU and the College of Business (whether on a short-term exchange or multi-year degree programs). COB Inc offers a variety of networking and social activities allowing international and domestic students a fun way to gain global understanding, expand intercultural competence and develop an international network.

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London calling: College of Business students answer

Eight credits, twenty-one days, and a whirlwind tour, indeed — visiting major historical sights and museums in London, trips to Oxford and Cambridge, a day on the English seaside in Brighton, a staging of Hamlet at the Globe, Camden Town, and Greenwich. And, lest we forget, riding the bustling tube to class every day to take two upper level courses — BA 352, Managing Individuals and Teams and MGMT 452, Leadership — rounds out this extremely action-packed, study-abroad experience.

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I enjoy challenges, and I love to learn. That desire to learn and solve tough problems has guided me my entire career.

Kate Johnson '98
Act-On Software CEO

Where our graduates work

Graduates from the college's business administration program have become computer analysts, business process analysts, quality control managers, IT project managers, consultants, teachers, systems' analysts, chief information officers and more.

  • Adecco
  • Cambia
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Compucom
  • Daimler
  • Dell
  • Deloitte
  • Huron Health Care
  • Intel
  • Nike
  • Odom
  • Portland General Electric
  • Providence Health Services
  • Puppet Labs
  • Salesforce
  • Schnitzer
  • The Standard
  • Umpqua Bank

Here's why you should be a College of Business student

A success plan for life

Professional, personal and leadership skills form the backbone of successful careers. Blueprint, our award-winning series of classes, is focused on professional and leadership development and financial literacy. With Blueprint, you’re on track to graduate on time, with the skills and network to choose your career, and the savvy to make the big decisions at the right time.

We're not just business; we're family

Our first-year students live in one of our business-themed residence halls. This learning-focused, student-first, open-door culture makes the big Oregon State campus feel like the supportive place it is – and feel a lot smaller and easier to navigate than you might think.

We’re the only college at OSU that has a dedicated Career Success Center for our students. We help you find an internship, write a resume and find a job.

Ranked and accredited

Oregon State is ranked in the top five for online education with U.S. News & World Report. The College of Business overall, as well as our accounting program, is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business and accounting.

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