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Foreign Language Requirement | International Business

Foreign Language Requirement

The BSIB program includes the requirement to develop ability in a second language beyond your native tongue.  This is important preparation to a career focused on International Business.  Given the variety of experiences and backgrounds, there are four routes to meet this requirement:

1)  The traditional route is to pass (with a C) the 116 level of a language if it is offered here (or 115 if that is the highest level offered here).

2) If an international student and English is their second language:  their admission level TOEFL score and successfully completing their degree in English meets the requirement.  They will need to add one internationally focused class to complete the number of credits to get the BSIB degree.  This course can be either inside or outside the COB but must be approved by the Director of the Program if it is not already an area studies or elective of the BSIB program.

3) If they are a heritage speaker of Spanish and confident in their  Spanish skills, they can take either SPA 120 or SPA 240.  Since both require 116 level to enter, successfully completing either of these courses documents their  Spanish ability.  If they are a heritage speaker of French, the same situation exists for them to complete FRE 236.

4) If they are confident they have intermediate skills in another language, they should set an appointment with the IBI Director to set up ACTFL testing for both Speaking and Writing. They must achieve at least an average of Intermediate Mid level with neither result below Intermediate Low.  The only restriction is that it must be a language tested by ACTFL (which adds 15 to the 7 offered at ISU).  The student pays for the testing (less than $150) and must take one additional International course to replace 3 credits to complete the required number of credits to get the BSIB degree.  This course can be either inside or outside the COB but must be approved by the Director of the Program if it is not already an area studies or elective of the BSIB program.

For the International Business Minor, the first and fourth routes are modified as follows and routes 2 and 3 remain the same:

1)  The traditional route is to pass (with a C) the 115 level of a language that is offered here.

2)  If an international student and English is their second language:  their admission level TOEFL score and successfully completing their degree in English meets the requirement.  They will need to add one internationally focused class to complete the number of credits to get the BSIB degree.  This course can be either inside or outside the COB but must be approved by the Director of the Program if it is not already an area studies or elective of the BSIB program.

3) If they are a heritage speaker of Spanish and confident in their  Spanish skills, they can take either SPA 120 or SPA 240.  Since both require 116 level to enter, successfully completing either of these courses documents their  Spanish ability.  If they are a heritage speaker of French, the same situation exists for them to complete FRE 236.

4) If they are confident they have intermediate skills in another language, they should set an appointment with the IBI Director to set up ACTFL testing for both Speaking and Writing. They must achieve at least an average of Intermediate Low level with neither result below Intermediate Low level.

2017-10-25T16:23:26.163-05:00 2017