Bournemouth Business School International, in Bournemouth, UK, specialises in providing English language and business programmes for overseas students. Business options include introductory and executive courses as well as university foundation and pre-masters programmes, and students can opt to study English alongside business. According to Shane Wilkinson, the school’s strengths lie in its student monitoring, course intensity and flexibility.
Similarly, Kaplan International College in Dublin, Ireland, recently introduced a Diploma in English and Business, providing English studies at Kaplan in the morning followed by afternoon business lectures at Dublin Business School. According to Jonathan Duignan, some students use the diploma as a stepping stone to an undergraduate degree.
For those wishing to pursue a business degree, institutions around the world offer a variety of courses. Those with a strong international focus include Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ, USA, which offers undergraduate and graduate Business Administration programmes, and whose graduates find careers across varying business areas, according to Joseph Linksey. Meanwhile, he reports, those in the Students in Free Enterprise programme gaining experience managing projects that help others globally are recruited by more than 100 global companies.
London School of Business & Finance (LSBF) in London, UK, has over 20,000 students from more than 150 countries enrolled on its undergraduate and graduate programmes. These are, says Anton Baboglo, “unique courses that reflect current and upcoming market trends and employer demands”.
LSBF partners include Grenoble Graduate School of Business, one of France’s prestigious Grandes Ecoles, with whom it offers MBA and MSc qualifications in Finance. Another interesting initiative is LSBF’s Trium programmes, which, as Baboglo explains, offer the chance to acquire professional qualifications while studying for a degree.
IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, is a high-ranking institution focussing on humanities and a “beyond business thinking approach”. As Nita Swinsick explains, all students take compulsory classes in Entrepreneurship and create their own business plan, some starting right away.
Boasting “the largest concentration of international students of any business school in North America”, Schulich School of Business at Canada’s York University in Toronto, ON, has an international environment nurtured by satellite centres in China, South Korea, Russia, India, Mexico and Brazil. The school will open a campus in Hyderabad, India, in September 2013, and according to Paul Pivato, it will be the first fully-fledged campus of a major, top-ranked international business school in India. Students from Toronto will spend a semester or full year in Hyderabad, and visa versa.
In France, Rouen Business School also moved to give greater international dimensions to courses. Currently offering three bachelor programmes and a choice of masters, it will launch a Master of Global Business in partnership with the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada, and Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea.
Starting in August 2012, this new, all-English, one-year programme is designed for recent graduates of bachelor degrees specialising in Economics, Business or Management. According to Elaine Bowman, graduates will pursue high-level positions in international professions. Study will be spread across the three campuses, culminating in a three-month internship. Bowman explains, “The idea is that each partner recruits students on their own continent, so that the profiles reflect the local environment, and the mix of the three cultures is respected.”
Most institutions mentioned in this article have a strong focus on recruiting international students. Bournemouth Business School International (BBSI) in Bournemouth, UK, with its remit of business and English language studies, recruits solely from abroad. Meanwhile, the student profile at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, is 90 per cent international and drawn from 67 different nationalities. Likewise, over 80 per cent of full-time MBA students at York University, Canada’s Schulich School of Business are also from outside Canada. At London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) in London, UK, Anton Baboglo observes India and China are “key power-houses” of international student recruitment. LSBF reflects this trend, as does Rouen Business School, where Colombia and Morocco are also leading source countries, according to Elaine Bowman. But with UK recruitment threatened by recent immigration changes, Baboglo reports LSBF has diversified, establishing a strong base in Latin America, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe.
With institutions proactively recruiting overseas students, there are good opportunities for international recruitment agents. “Around 85 per cent of our students come...from international recruiters,” advises BBSI’s Shane Wilkinson, “and most of these have worked with us for many years.” Meanwhile, reports Bowman, Rouen Business School plans to increase the number of reputable agents it works with over the coming year. LSBF also works with a number of international agents, who, Baboglo explains, are responsible for strengthening relationships with applicants, working alongside its regional admissions offices in key regions.