International Business

What is International Business?

Global companies compete in a challenging business economy. This requires the need for business professionals who possess a combination of business and international skills. Formal international management education gives students cultural training, a comprehensive understanding of global and regional economies, and a socio-political analysis of multiple regions. Graduates of the international business program at the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business are positioned to be highly sought, especially for companies with overseas assignments.

Admission Requirements

First-year students are those who have not enrolled in college or university courses (other than post secondary enrollment options program) since graduating from high school.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Traditional Studies)
Freshman applicants to the BBA programs, please visit the Admission Requirements page for further information. Applicants are advised that Lindner requires four units* of college preparatory mathematics for admission to all bachelor degree programs. For the BSIM, a physics laboratory science is required and a chemistry laboratory science is recommended.

*Four units of college preparatory mathematics, to include at least algebra I and II, and two additional units such as calculus, pre-calculus, statistics, functions or finite mathematics.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars)
The Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) Program is designed for highly motivated students with superior academic ability. This educational experience seeks to admit new freshmen, transfer, transition and current Lindner College of Business students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. In addition, the program seeks to admit candidates who are innovative and who have the ability to think globally and work collaboratively. KBS students value choice, creativity and individuality, have passion for their chosen specializations and appreciate community and teamwork. Admission is highly selective. 

Applicants for the KBS Program must meet the Lindner general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year.

Transfer, transition and current Lindner students are considered for admission through the beginning of their junior years. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to be considered for admission. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program)
The Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program is designed for highly motivated students with superior academic ability and demonstrated leadership skills who are committed to a career in business. This educational opportunity seeks to admit students for the freshmen year. In addition to being academically strong, selection is based upon candidates' non-academic and extra-curricular profile. Admission is highly selective.

Applicants for the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program must meet the Lindner College of Business general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year. 

On occasion, transfer, transition and current Lindner students may be admitted as rising sophomores. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 to be considered for admission at this level, and high school credentials are used in combination with freshman year accomplishments. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1. 

The Circle of Excellence is a selective distinction for top performing students, providing them with access to certain business honors privileges in order to further their PACE development. This educational opportunity seeks to admit incoming freshmen students. Selected students have access to honors sections of core courses and specialty courses such as studios. Priority registration and specialized Lindner Career Services events are additional benefits for these outstanding students.

Applicants for the Circle of Excellence must meet the Lindner general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the UC Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year.

Current Lindner freshmen and sophomores are considered for admission.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to be considered for admission. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1.

Individuals who are attracted to international business are those who are able to accept and work within the culture, customs and attitudes of another country. They must be flexible and be able to adapt to change and unexpected situations, some of which are beyond their control. Other attributes include: 

  • Excellent oral, written and electronic communication capabilities
  • Ability to take risks
  • Strong initiative and goal-driven qualities
  • Organizational skills
  • Analytical problem solving
  • Leadership skills
  • Competence in decision-making
  • Capacity for teamwork
  • Ability to multi-task 

The international business major provides a gateway to jobs in the global economy. Combining this major with a finance major leads to opportunities in international finance and banking. Coupling international business with a major in information systems, marketing or operations management can provide the experience to make graduates attractive for international assignment opportunities. 

Academic advisors are trained to assist students and are available on an appointment basis and on a walk-in basis during specific periods. They can help with scheduling and other questions about subjects such as study abroad, co-op and internship, academic planning, course pre-requisites and the curriculum.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business has assigned advisors for all students. Students may schedule appointments with advisors online by using the Starfish scheduling tool which is integrated into Blackboard. Students who need assistance may come to 105 Lindner Hall or telephone (513) 556-7030.

Prospective students interested in transitioning to Lindner are invited to attend an information session held weekly. Students should telephone (513) 556-7030 to schedule a session.

The degree of bachelor of business administration is granted to those who complete satisfactorily the required course work for the specified degree, with university, college, major and minor grade point averages of 2.0 or better. This includes the university’s general education requirements. All students must meet the residency requirements of the college and must contract for graduation.

Students wishing to transfer to the UC Lindner College of Business from other colleges and universities must meet or exceed each of the requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for transfers from other colleges and universities is calculated utilizing all course work attempted at each college and university attended.

1.  Cumulative collegiate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work attempted.   

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress toward completion of the required mathematics courses. Students enrolled in a bachelor of business administration degree must complete either Math 1046 (Business Calculus, a 5 hour course), Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1045 (Applied Calculus II) (a 6-hour math sequence) or its equivalent, OR Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours) or the equivalent from another institution. 

3.  Must be in good standing in current college or university. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.  

Students may apply online at Admissions. Lindner admits students to begin in each academic term. 

Applicants wishing to transition to the Lindner College of Business from other UC colleges must meet or exceed each of the admission requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for students transitioning from other colleges is calculated utilizing all college-level course work attempted at each UC college and other universities attended.

1.  Cumulative collegiate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work attempted.   

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress toward completion of the required mathematics courses. Students enrolled in a bachelor of business administration degree must complete either Math 1046 (Business Calculus, a 5 hour course), Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1045 (Applied Calculus II) (a 6-hour math sequence) or its equivalent, OR Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours) or the equivalent from another institution.  

3.  Must have at least a 2.0 University of Cincinnati GPA, in addition to a 2.5 overall GPA. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.    

Applications for Change in College and Program may be obtained online at the Registrar's website. Applications are due by the date printed on the application. All applications for Lindner must be submitted to the Undergraduate Programs Office, Lindner Hall, Suite 105.

Lindner accepts transition students to begin in each academic term. Students must meet the above admission requirements by the end of the semester prior to admission.

First Year Business Coursework

Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Business Coursework

BA1041 Business Pathways I

1
BA1042 Business Pathways II

1
BA1080 Career Success Strategies (FYE)

1
ECON1001 Introduction to Microeconomics

3
ECON1002 Introduction to Macroeconomics

3
MGMT1051 Essentials of Business I

2
MGMT1052 Essentials of Business II

1

First Year Non-Business Coursework

Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Non-Business Coursework

COMM2081 Business Communication

3
ENGL1001 English Composition

3
MATH1044 Applied Calculus I

3
MATH1045 Applied Calculus II

3

Lower Core Coursework

Course Title/Desc Credit
Lower Core Coursework

ACCT2081 Financial Accounting

3
ACCT2082 Managerial Accounting

3
BANA2081 Business Analytics I

3
BANA2082 Business Analytics II

3
BLAW2080 Legal Environment of Business

3
ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

3
IS2080C Digital Technologies for Business

3
MKTG2080 Introduction to Marketing

3

Capstone

Course Title/Desc Credit
Capstone

BA5080 Business Strategy

3

International Business Major Courses

Students are required to complete one approved study abroad as a part of the degree.
Course Title/Desc Credit
International Business Major Courses

Students are required to complete one approved study abroad as a part of the degree.

International Management

XXXXxxxx

3
International Finance/Accounting/Economics

XXXXxxxx

3
International Marketing

XXXXxxxx

3
International Business Electives

XXXXxxxx

9

Upper Core Coursework

Course Title/Desc Credit
Upper Core Coursework

BA3080 Business Professionalism and Character

3
FIN3080C Business Finance

3
INTB3080 Global Environment of Business

3
MGMT3080 Management

3
OM3080 Operations Management

3

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Course Title/Desc Credit
Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

XXXXxxxx

6

Free Electives

Course Title/Desc Credit
Free Electives

Free Electives

XXXXxxxx

18

General Education

Course Title/Desc Credit
General Education

Natural Sciences

XXXXxxxx

6
BoK Courses--FA/HP/HU/SS

XXXXxxxx

6

International Business Electives

Students select three courses from the International Business Electives. Additionally students are required to complete one approved study abroad experience.
Course Title/Desc Credit
International Business Electives

Students select three courses from the International Business Electives. Additionally students are required to complete one approved study abroad experience.

ENTR4025 International Entrepreneurship

3
INTB3091 Study Abroad London

3
INTB5021 Costa Rica: Economic, Social, and Sustainable Development

3
INTB5023 Study Abroad: United Arab Emirates

3
BLAW4045 Global Legal Environment

3
INTB5022 Study Abroad Australia: Economics of Immigration

3
INTB5002 Study Abroad - Linz, Austria: Intensive German

3
INTB3094 Global Social Entrepreneurship: Sustainable and Profitable Solutions to Global Challenges

3
INTB5004 Study Abroad - Linz-I

3
INTB5005 Study Abroad - Linz-II

3
INTB5093 Special Topics in International Business

3
INTB5099 Independent Study in International Business

1 - 6
INTB5011 Study Abroad - China

3
INTB5012 Study Abroad Chile: Doing Business in Chile

3
INTB5017 Study Abroad Thailand: Doing Business in Thailand

3
INTB5020 Transforming Lives: Service learning in India

3
INTB5003 Study Abroad - Linz, Austria: German Language and Austrian Culture

3
INTB3092 Study Abroad Germany: Systems and Operations

3
INTB5007 Study Abroad - Linz-IV

3
INTB3090 Study Abroad: International Retailing

3
INTB5009 Study Abroad Europe - 2: Euopean Culture

2 - 3
INTB5016 Study Abroad - Ireland

3
INTB5008 Study Abroad Europe - 1

1 - 3
INTB5015 Service Learning Central America

3
INTB5006 Study Abroad - Linz-III

3
INTB3093 Study Abroad: South Africa - Microbusiness Marketing Strategy

3
INTB5014 Study Abroad London - Real Estate/Finance in the European Market

3
INTB5018 Study Abroad France-Spain

3
OM4081 Supply Chain Management

3
INTB5013 Study Abroad Mexico

3
INTB3060 Take the challenge for sustainable development

3
INTB5070 Global Diversity

3
INTB5019 Study Abroad Europe: Real Estate/Finance/Insurance in the European Union

3

International Finance/Accounting/Economics

Students must select one course from this group. Any of these courses could count as an INTB Elective if more than one is completed.
Course Title/Desc Credit
International Finance/Accounting/Economics

Students must select one course from this group. Any of these courses could count as an INTB Elective if more than one is completed.

ECON4082 Economic Development

3
ECON4040 International Economics

3
INTB5021 Costa Rica: Economic, Social, and Sustainable Development

3
ACCT5025 International Accounting and Financial Management

3
FIN4007 International Finance

3
ECON3083 The Economy of Greater China: Transition, Development and Integration

3
ECON3084 The Economies of East and Southeast Asia: Development and Crisis

3

International Management

Students must select one course from this group. Any of these courses could count as an INTB Elective if more than one is completed.
Course Title/Desc Credit
International Management

Students must select one course from this group. Any of these courses could count as an INTB Elective if more than one is completed.

INTB4050 International Management

3
INTB5030 Managing Cultural Differences

3
INTB5070 Global Diversity

3
INTB5035 Virtual Teams

3

International Marketing

Students must select one course from this group. Any of these courses could count as an INTB Elective if more than one is completed.
Course Title/Desc Credit
International Marketing

Students must select one course from this group. Any of these courses could count as an INTB Elective if more than one is completed.

INTB3098 Study Abroad - European Union

3
INTB3090 Study Abroad: International Retailing

3
MKTG4071 International Marketing

3

Application Deadlines

Prospective Freshmen - Freshman applicants hoping to begin in the fall semester are urged to submit their applications prior to December 1. Applications should be filed as soon after September 1 of the previous year as possible. First-year students must provide an official transcript of their high school record and scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) program. Those who have participated in a Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program should submit official copies of any college or university transcripts. The Lindner College of Business admits freshmen in the fall or spring semesters.

Changing Majors within UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from other UC colleges should complete a Change in College and Program Application form in accordance with the semester deadlines printed on the reverse side of the form. This document may be obtained online at the Registrar's website.

Transferring to UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from non-UC colleges should submit a University of Cincinnati online application at Admissions. Students are urged to file their applications at least two months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they hope to enter the college.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.