The globalization of the marketplace demands employees who can successfully compete in a multicultural business environment in the United States and around the world. Understanding the significant cultural, economic, and political differences between countries and regions is vital to success in international business.

To develop these competencies, the Leeds School of Business offers the Global Business Certificate to its students. Students who graduate with the certificate will receive a teal and black cord.

Enroll Now

    Global certificate participants

    Global Business Certificate Requirements

    Enrollment Requirements

    Requirements for students to enroll into the Global Certificate Program.

    • Must be an undergraduate business major
    • Encouraged to enroll by the end of sophomore year

     International Business Courses

    Students must complete three (9 credits) of the following courses:

    • International Business Management (INBU 3300)
    • International Marketing (INBU 3450)
    • International Operations Management (MGMT 4150)
    • International Financial Management (INBU 4200)
    • Business Solutions for the Developing World (CESR 4005)
    • Any Leeds Global Seminar

     International Elective Courses

    Students must complete two courses* (6 credits) from any of the following subject areas:

    •     Business
    •     Economics
    •     Geography
    •     History
    •     Global Studies
    •     International Affairs
    •     Language**
    •     Political Science

    *Courses must be taken at the 2000 level or above
    **Students may only use 3 credits of a foreign language to fulfill this requirement

    Learn more about the two approved international electives required for the certificate.

    Experiential Learning Opportunities

    Global Business students will need to participate in the following activities to complement their international coursework:


    • International Community Connection (attend two global events):  

      • This is an optional but encouraged activity for students who enroll in the GBC before Fall 2024. Starting in the Fall 2024 catalog, this will be a requirement and will be tracked in students' degree audits.

      • International Community Connections can be attendance at any CU-sponsored international affairs event. An off-campus event with a global focus would also apply with prior approval.

      • To show that you attended or participated in an event, please email a confirmation of attendance (ticket stub, photo, sign-in sheet) with the date and name of the event and a brief summary or take-away from the event.

      • Leeds Global will confirm your attendance which will be reflected in your degree audit.

    Optional Add-On

    Through a special relationship between the Leeds College of Business and NASBITE, students can join the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Student Pathway Program that prepares students for the CGBP exam through weekly study guides and an online community. Students can study at their own pace and take the exam at a discounted rate. The Student Pathway Program also provides membership to NASBITE.

    For students who enrolled in Leeds prior to fall 2020, please refer to this list of requirements.