International Business Institute

Global Mindset. Applied Learning. Professional Development.

The Center for International Business Education (CIBE) is happy to announce the International Business Institute being offered for Fall 2017. The Institute is structured as a 3-credit course designed for students looking to leverage their cultural, language, and business knowledge in the global market.


The course is open to juniors and seniors in any major, but will be specifically geared towards students studying or have an interest in culture, language, international relations, and business.

Instructor: Bennet Zelner

Professor Bennet A. Zelner (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2001) is an associate professor of business and public policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He has taught undergraduate and MBA classes in strategic management, international business, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and business-government relations, as well as short-term study-abroad classes focusing on Southeast Asia and Chile. Zelner's research has been published in such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, American Sociological Review, and Harvard Business Review. Prior to joining the Smith School faculty in 2011, Zelner taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Course Structure and Site Visits

The course takes a hybrid approach by combining business lectures with experiential site visits. With course meetings at the Smith School’s Washington, DC campus and the College Park campus, students will be exposed to companies and international organizations to complement global business lectures. Below is an example of site visits from Fall 2016:

Embassy of Singapore
Embassy of Greece
US Trade and Development Agency
The World Bank
BDO Consulting

… and several other organizations in the DC metropolitan area. 

Draft Course Schedule

Session Date Session Content
1 Sept. 1 Introduction and globalization
2 Sept. 8 Global mindset (facilitated by Greg Rafal, OGI)
3 Sept. 22 Country differences
4 Oct. 6 Trade and investment
5 Oct. 13 Midterm exam
6 Oct. 27 Global Strategy
7 Nov. 3 Professional development workshop
8 Nov. 17 Global monetary systems
9 Dec. 1 Course wrap-up and final presentations

Please note that the above draft course schedule is subject to change and most class meetings are full day commitments.

Professional Development

Students will hear from current professionals regarding the skills needed for a career in international business and what they can do now to prepare for success. The course will include a professional development workshop focused on crafting a resume, writing an effective cover letter, and interview tips.

Chioma Agbaraji, a junior Women’s Studies major and GIS minor, took the course in 2016 and was pleased with how it matched well with her career goals. “My favorite visit was definitely the World Bank Group. Not only were their initiatives parallel to my interests in women's economic mobility, the staff was also very relatable and well learned in their respective fields. These were mid-career professionals diverse in training, background, and language ability which was very refreshing and a clear example of unique perspectives working towards a common goal.”


Please contact the Center for Global Business at with questions or concerns.

Please find the course flyer here.

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