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Business school gives students chance to experience global markets

Program establishes exchange with German institution

The School of Business has established an exchange agreement with the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

Through the agreement, undergraduate and master’s students will have the opportunity to study at European Business School, known as EBS, for a semester. There also are three-week summer programs available.

The exchange agreement will allow KU students to gain knowledge of how business is conducted in the European Union and learn from European faculty.

“American MBAs will be dealing with a global market,” said Chuck Krider, academic director of the master’s of business administration program. “A focus on business in the European Union will be important knowledge for them.” According to Krider, the European Businesss School is a well-respected school in Europe with an experienced teaching staff.

All classes will be taught in English.

“It’s nice for our students because they can go even if they don’t speak German,” said Carol Rose, director of the business school’s Institute for International Business. “English is the international language of business.”

The European Business School also offers a “German survival course” that students can take to learn more of the language while in Germany.

The European Business School campus is situated along the Rhine River and is bordered on three sides by vineyards. Students will experience small villages, like Oestrich-Winkel, and have access to larger areas, like nearby Frankfurt.

“The train station is two blocks away — they can hop on a train and go anywhere in Europe,” said Krider, who recently returned from a visit to the European Business School campus.

KU students attending the European Business School this summer will visit European Central Bank in Frankfurt as a part of their curriculum.

Undergraduate and master’s students receive three hours of credit counting toward elective requirements for completing the summer program. Undergraduate students completing a semester at European Business School can receive up to 15 hours of credit and master’s students can receive up to nine hours for completion of a semester.

KU’s School of Business thinks international experience is key to preparing students for leadership positions in the global marketplace. The school also has cooperative exchange agreements with the Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and with Sun Yat-Sen University in China. School of Business students take advantage of study abroad programs at rates well above the national average, and 70 percent of the business faculty have conducted international research or taught abroad in the last three years.

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