Preparing international students to enter graduate-level business administration programs in the United States will be the topic of a two-day conference, Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, at the Economics Institute, 1030 13th St., in Boulder.
About 20 business school faculty, admissions officers and international program directors will attend the conference, representing the University of Colorado at Boulder, Emory University, Tulane University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, the University of Rochester, the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University.
Called Integrating International Students into North American MBA Programs, the conference will take a first step in re-thinking the way international students are prepared for MBA programs. Conference participants will analyze strategies to enhance the ability of international students to gain full potential from and contribute to MBA programs.
Topics to be discussed include cultural barriers and problems of acculturation, interaction between U.S. and international students, teamwork, case study discussion skills, research and study skills, institutional knowledge of the U.S. economy, and international students as a learning resource for American students.
The Economics Instititute, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, is sponsored by the American Economic Association and is affiliated with CU-Boulder. Its mission is to prepare international students to attend North American graduate schools in economics, business and related fields; and to provide short-term professional development programs for mid-career professionals from around the world.