FAQ - IB Program

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If you are interested in an area of business (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing), 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.

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:

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  

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

We normally receive over 100 applications each year for admission into our IB Major. However, given the highly selective nature of this program, we enroll no more than 20 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.

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.

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 20 freshmen each year.

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

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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

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

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