International Business Program

Experience Eastern through international study! The General Business--International Business Program at EKU gives business students the opportunity to study global commerce in the 21st century. Faculty in the program are internationally renowned. Through presentations at international conferences and collaborating with colleagues worldwide, MMAC Faculty are leaders in International Business. In addition to the curriculum at EKU, students are required to study abroad with one of EKU's international partners. Broaden your horizons through majoring in General Business—International Business Option!


  • Dual Degree Option:  Earn a degree from EKU and Avans University in Breda, Netherlands.
  • Avans Exchange:  Study International Business, Technology, Economics, or Art & Design
  • The Magellan Exchange
  • Shorter Stay Opportunities in  Western Europe, Central America and South Korea

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Contact Information

  • Mail:  MMAC BTC 011
  • Phone:  859 622-1377
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Interview with International Business Students: Robert Icsman and Steven Kamara

Spotlight on International Business

Department of Management, Marketing, and Administrative Communication

The International Business Program is administered by the Department of Management, Marketing and Administrative Communication.  Students in the program receive a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in General Business and an International Business Option.  The curriculum includes courses in:

  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International Communication 
  • International Management  
Make It Happen

EKU Faculty work hard to make this life-changing experience available to all students.  Advisors work with students to find tuition waivers and scholarships to make the program affordable.  Students in the International Business Program are required to spend time studying in a foreign country.  

Dr. Norb Elbert, advisor for the program recalls, "Years ago, when I was MMAC Chair, we pushed through a curriculum change that required all international business majors to spend some time studying abroad. That was a major change and there was worry that particular requirement would doom the program given the historical tendency of EKU students not venturing too far from home. Well….I think we have put that fear to rest."

A successful experience takes preparation, motivation, support and curiosity. Faculty in the EKU International Business Program are here to help students make it happen. 


EKU International Business faculty have travelled extensively and teach with a global experience in mind.  Faculty members belong to international organizations and regularly communicate with colleagues around the world.  

EKU students who study with faculty in another country make connections across the globe and often describe the experience as "life-changing."  Exchange students from other countries who come to study at EKU make an equally strong impression on our students.  "One of the most surprising results of these new institutional partnerships with other academic institutions are the international students, from other countries, enrolled in our business classes," explains Dr. Elbert.

"They have had an overwhelming positive impact on motivating and contributing to student learning. Our domestic students experience an internationalized curriculum at its best with peers from Europe, China, Korea, Japan, India, Africa and the Middle East. Often these international students represent the first contact our domestic students have with other cultures. The cross-cultural in-class discussions (and out of class as well), reflect perspectives and ideologies one can only read about."

The Magellan Exchange

is a non-profit consortium of universities worldwide, The Magellan Exchange provides an opportunity for students to study in another country at an affordable cost.  Students may choose semester, year, or shorter summer sessions.  Programs are available in: 

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Costa Rica 
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • United States

Students learn about another culture and country in this Exchange Program. They gain global knowledge, learn to be at ease in other cultures, and are immersed in the educational and social life of the host country.

Avans University, Breda, Netherlands

The dual degree program in Breda, Netherlands is an opportunity for students to earn a degree from Avans University and EKU. Rob Icsman and Steven Kamara chose this challenging but rewarding program.

Interview with Robert Icsman, International Business Student from EKU to Avans

How did the program change your life?

I’d say the first and foremost thing that comes to mind is that I now have this feeling of enlightenment. Honestly, the U.S. is a country where you really don’t have to learn or care about other Robert Icsman and Steven Kamaracountries; the lack of education on the matter and the status of the country make it so. After being abroad, I was immersed into an international culture that turned the small spark I had inside me from wanting to study abroad into a massive flame which engulfed me into genuinely wanting to learn about other cultures, countries, languages, etc. and continuing to use that knowledge throughout my career.

What special or unexpected things happened while abroad?

I have to say the most special thing to me is the friendships I have made. I met some truly amazing people that I will be friends with for the rest of my life, and who knows what effect those relationships could potentially have as I begin my career as an international businessman. Just knowing the fact that across the Atlantic Ocean there are people I know who have interests and lives similar to my own and my friends domestically, yet knowing and embracing the cultural differences, is amazing for me.

Did the EKU International Business Faculty support your endeavors?

Dr. Elbert was critical in my decision to study abroad, and on the dual degree program in the Netherlands in particular. In fact it was originally his GBU201 class my first semester freshman year that sparked my interest to go abroad. As a respected international businessman himself, he was very knowledgeable, supportive, and encouraging to me in the build up to my travels and for that I am very grateful.

Comments from Steven Kamara, International Business Student from Avans to EKU

My EKU Experience

As an exchange student from the Netherlands in 2006, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) experience. EKU has an intensive but excellent and well-designed academic program for exchange students. I find it more interesting as it went a long way to complement what I studied in Avans University Breda.

When I started my program in the University, I realized that goodness and hospitality was a norm at the school. The great staffs and students were very willing to assist me in all my endeavors. They listened to my worries and gave me the advice and assistance I needed. They made me feel at home.

In addition to this, the university provided a firsthand opportunity for me to witness and be a part of the American way of life. I will advise prospective exchange and international students to make EKU their first choice and I promise it will be fulfilling.

Steven Kamara is currently working on a graduate degree at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands

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