International Business

Join the global marketplace long before you graduate. Develop and enhance your cultural competencies by working on a global virtual team, in addition to spending a semester abroad. Acquire skills that enable you to be adaptable and flexible to successfully engage in business across borders, in diverse cultures and distinct economies. Deepen your knowledge of the arts, history and traditions of other countries, while becoming proficient in one or more world languages.

The International Business major will provide you with the business acumen, cross-cultural awareness and international experiences required to function effectively in a complex global business environment. It emphasizes the acquisition of business knowledge and the development of international skills through hands-on learning and experiential activities, including studying abroad, international internships, and participation on global virtual teams. Coursework includes the common business core, an introduction to international business, an international focus on trade, in addition to a functional area course in global finance, marketing or economics.

The strong liberal arts and sciences requirements include an intermediate level world language proficiency, complemented by elective courses that expose students to the cultural heritage, diversity, history, religion, communication, environmental, political and other aspects of doing business across borders, with both a regional and global lens. It is required that students combine the International Business major with a second major or minor in World Languages to give them the breadth and the depth to compete in the global workforce. 


Immerse yourself in an entirely new culture during a semester abroad. The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center has countless opportunities for semester-long programs, including Elon centers in London, Florence and Shanghai. 

Participate in global virtual teams with individuals from around the world and earn an X-Culture Global Collaboration Experience Certificate. A select pair of Love School of Business students participate annually in the X-Culture Symposium, a global competition focused on real-life challenges.

Apply for Elon’s business dual-degree program. In our program, you’ll earn a business degree from Elon and a second degree from a business school in Europe.


International Business majors are required to complete at least one internship for academic credit. Examples of internships students have completed include operations for DHL, human resources for Schaeffler Group, project marketing for Penn Schoen Berland and marketing for The Film Sales Company.

Graduation Outcomes

Elon International Business alumni work for employers such as Boeing, Eze Software Group, Lenovo, Maersk Line, Northwestern Mutual, PNC Financial Services, SAP, Staples and Under Armour, Inc.