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Top 10 Disciplines For Business Majors Studying Abroad

June 6, 2017

As a business major, it is critically important to gain real-world skills and experience that enhance your expertise within your target field of future employment. While you certainly want to earn economic, finance and marketing proficiency, you’ll find that supplementary disciplines can offer tremendous value when you enter the professional sphere. Moreover, study abroad programs in key regions throughout the world will help you not only broaden your understanding of your subject, but also give you an invaluable advantage in the job market.

Here is a list of our top 10 disciplines for business majors looking to study abroad:

1. Business

Studying business abroad will help you enhance your understanding of different essential markets across the globe. As an applicant with international experience, you’ll be a highly sought-after candidate once you begin your job search.

  • University: Brock University

  • Location: St. Catharines, Canada

  • Canada has been named one of top 10 countries in 2017 for business opportunities; it has an elaborate trade network and one of the world’s largest economies, so it makes perfect sense to supplement your business education by studying abroad in Canada. Brock University offers flexible undergraduate course programs, so you can build your own program according to your particular interests and needs. Brock offers an exceptionally strong and dynamic business school through the Goodman School of Business.

2. Foreign Languages/Literature

Foreign language fluency is crucial to excelling in today’s business climate, but having a strong understanding of the history and culture will give you an edge with potential employers.

  • University: Sichuan University – Pacific Lutheran University

  • Location: Chengdu, China

  • Sichuan University is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in China. Its international students have access to a comprehensive cultural immersion program, with a particular emphasis on Chinese language and literature.

3. Health Sciences

If you’re interested in entering the health sciences or services field, studying abroad can afford you a unique advantage. You have exposure to new techniques, technologies and advances in health care and services delivery.

  • University: University of Technology Sydney

  • Location: Sydney, Australia

  • The University of Technology Sydney gives international students a career-focused education and fantastic tangential benefits, including excellent peer and professional networking programs and sports facilities. UTS not only offers a world-class, comprehensive business programs but exceptional health sciences undergraduate and graduate programs.

4. Political Science/Conflict and Peace Studies

Studying abroad gives business students interested in pursuing a career within political fields a wealth of opportunities. With a strong background in international foreign policy and diplomacy, you can significantly broaden your career horizons. Philipps-Universität Marburg’s summer study abroad program, “Business, Politics and Conflicts in a Changing World,” is offered for both undergraduate and graduate majors in English.

  • University: Philipps-Universität Marburg

  • Location: Marburg, Germany

  • Philipps-Universität Marburg offers students a diverse network of course programs in international business, political science and peace studies. With top-notch research facilities and a renowned faculty, University of Marburg is an excellent institution for international students.

5. Psychology

Having a strong foundation in behavioral sciences and dispute resolution can give business majors a distinct edge, particularly within the areas of marketing and organizational optimization.

  • University: Abo Akademi University

  • Location: Vasa, Finland

  • Abo Akademi University is world-renowned for the strength of its psychology department, as well as its focus on conflict resolution and mediation.

6. Visual and Performing Arts

There is a world of opportunities for business majors within the fields of visual and performing arts. Having a strong command of accepted business principles, as well as an abundant and diverse background in the global arts, can help you build a satisfying and exciting career.

  • University: Université de Caen

  • Location: Caen, France

  • Université de Caen offers a dynamic and immersive arts education. International students have the advantage of pursuing their visual and performing arts studies in one of the world’s most beautiful and historically rich cities.

7. Social Sciences

Studying social sciences abroad gives students a global perspective on pertinent social phenomena, as well as an understanding of international policy. From a business perspective, it can give students an invaluable glimpse into how different cultures and nations cope with social challenges.

  • University: University of Hyderabad

  • Location: Hyderabad, India

  • The University of Hyderabad gives students the opportunity to participate in a wide array of field research opportunities, and attend lectures and seminars headed by global thought-leaders. Additionally, students can enrich their cultural experience by partaking in yoga and performing arts courses.

8. Communications

In the digital age, a solid understanding of mass communications, public relations and media is indispensable. Studying abroad gives business students a strong grasp of innovative global communications principles, which can pay significant dividends in the job market.

  • University: Korea University

  • Location: Seoul, South Korea

  • Korea University is a global leader in media and communications studies, ranking in the top 50 internationally. Students are offered access to some of the world’s finest research facilities, as well as the opportunity to engage with respected global tastemakers and innovators.

9. International Business/Language and Culture/Area Studies

Studying abroad gives you a priceless opportunity to learn and understand regional issues and challenges. More importantly, many companies seek business analysts for deeper insight into cultural and geopolitical market trends. Becoming an expert in a geographical area, as well as in trade and finance, will give you a substantial advantage when you enter the job market.

  • University: Toyo University

  • Location: Tokyo, Japan

  • Toyo University offers international students an exceptional introduction to business with a focus in Japanese language and culture courses. As one of Japan’s premier academic institutions, its educational philosophy is based upon developing the individual student’s intellectual creativity. Classes are offered in English.

10. Natural Resources and Conservation

Eco-business is a thriving discipline. Organizations within all industries are constantly seeking environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions to operational challenges, and business majors with a strong background in environmental sciences will be valuable additions to a wide variety of companies across sectors.

  • University: Massey University

  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand

  • New Zealand offers students of environmental and conservation sciences studies an abundance of resources. Massey University has globally-recognized, cutting-edge research facilities and a highly respected staff. Students are offered the opportunity to study the latest in conservation technologies while participating in extensive field work.

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