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FAQ - IB Program

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Should I apply for IB or BA?

If you would like to develop proficiency in a foreign language, become more familiar with other cultures, are interested in studying abroad for at least one semester and are academically strong, you should consider applying for IB.

What are the major similarities and differences between International Business (IB) and Business Administration degrees?

The major similarities are that our students in both degrees take several identical common Core Business courses to develop a solid set of skills in different business fields. Students in both majors then select a concentration in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing or Management by taking advanced courses in these fields in the last two years of study at E-Town. All of the courses are taught by the professors with many years of work experience, not by graduate students.

The major differences between the IB major and the BA major are:

  IB BA
Proficiency in A Modern Language  
One Semester of Study Abroad  
Required Internship  
Mentoring with A Business Executive  
Specific Courses and Practical Experiences, Related to IB  
Conducting Consulting Projects for Multinational Companies  
Highly Selective Admission  

What are my chances of being accepted in IB?

You have a very good chance of being accepted in IB if you:

  • have SAT score (Critical Reasoning + Math) of at least 1200
  • are in the top 15% of your class
  • have at least 2-3 years of a foreign language in high school
  • are somewhat interested in some aspect of business (accounting, finance, marketing, management or economics)
  • would like to travel abroad and learn more about other countries/cultures

How competitive is it to be admitted into the IB Major at E-Town?

We normally receive over 125 applications each year for admission into our IB Major. However, given the highly selective nature of this program, we enroll no more than 25 students in this major each year. Anyone admitted to International Business major may change to another major at any time, whereas a student enrolled in another area cannot change to the International Business Major, unless space is available, and he or she is formally admitted into the program.

How should I apply IB?

There is no separate application for IB. All you need to do is to identify IB as your intended major on your E-Town application. If you have already applied to E-Town, contact the Admissions Office and let them know that you are interested in applying for IB as an intended major. We will evaluate the application of eligible students within 2-3 weeks of being accepted by E-Town and notify them on the status of their application to IB.

Why is there a limit of up to 25 students for the size of incoming IB class at E-town?

In order to maintain the quality of the program and to provide the necessary assistance for each student to succeed (internship opportunities, job placement, graduate school application, mentoring relationship with an international business executive, practical consulting projects with regional Multinational Corporations, etc.), admission to the international business major is limited to about 25 freshmen each year.

Do you admit foreign students in IB?

Yes! About 25% of our IB students are from other countries who bring diversity and different perspectives to our program.

If I am not accepted in IB before starting at E-Town, could I apply as a first year student to be admitted in IB?

If you (1) take a full load of courses including a foreign language course and either Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, or an Accounting course, (2) receive a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of the first semester or in the first year of study at Elizabethtown College, and (3) wish to pursue International Business, space permitting, we will admit you into the IB major at that time.

What type of jobs do the IB graduates have?

Our students could apply for any job open to Business graduates. In addition, they could also apply for jobs that require specific "IB-related" skills set. Examples of entry-level jobs that E-town IB graduates have received are: Global Wealth Management Associate, Import Coordinator, Import Specialist, Operations Coordinator, International Export Coordinator, International Marketing Representative, International Tax Analyst, Logistics Coordinator, Business Development Analyst, Quality Assurance Coordinator and Treasury Management Analyst.

If I have a degree in IB, does it mean that I would be working abroad after graduation?

Most businesses are global these days.  A degree in IB does not mean you will be working abroad after graduation. More than 90% of our graduates work in the US for global companies.

What makes the IB program at E-Town such a strong/unique major?

  • The IB major is an integrated program in language, foreign cultures, international interactions and business skills. 
  • The Program also has an experiential learning component which includes a study abroad experience, an internship in the U.S. or overseas, and a mentoring relationship with an international business executive.
  • In addition to upgrading our program based on comments from our faculty and alumni, we rely on input from more than 50 International Business executives  (members of the IB Advisory Board) to improve our curriculum on a regular basis in order to make sure our students are prepared to enter the real world.
  • Our student to faculty ratio of 14:1 provides small classes, academic advising by Business professors, and personal attention.  
  • The highly selective nature of the program allows us to bring in exceedingly motivated group of students to our program each year.
  • We have had 100% placement of our students within a few months of graduation in the past several years, or they have entered graduate schools.
  • Our IB students score in the top 5% of all the test takers on the Major Field Test (MFT) in Business, given to students in about 600 colleges/universities nationwide every year. This result is better than 95% of the participating colleges and universities.

When do IB students normally study abroad?

IB students normally study abroad either during the fall or the spring semester of their junior year in approved programs with no additional cost. Additionally, we have had students who have studied abroad at other times and have multiple study abroad experiences.

Could IB majors complete the requirements of the Honors Program as well?

Yes, several courses in the IB major double count with the Honors program and our IB students could graduate with the Honors recognition within the normal 4-year academic plan.

How about pursuing graduate programs?

While most MBA schools prefer admitting students to their graduate programs after a few years of work experience, some admit them soon after graduation.  Some of our graduates have been admitted to prestigious graduate schools such as MBA at Harvard, others have entered law schools or the job market.

What practical experiences do IB students gain while at E-Town?

IB students will gain practical experiences through classroom projects with global companies, study abroad, internships, and mentorship with business people.

How do I obtain more information about the IB program at E-Town

For more information about the IB major at Elizabethtown College contact Dr. Hossein Varamini at 717-361-1278 or varaminih@etown.edu.

Elizabethtown College