The accrediting body for colleges of business is very clear about the importance of preparing business graduates to operate in a business environment that is global in scope. Attempts to define what that means have been made by a variety of organizations. It is reasonable to expect students to have a variety of knowledge, attitudes and skills that involve such things as a gain in language competence, an understanding of cultures not one’s own and an ability to operate successfully in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Compared to this ideal students are being taught in a campus environment where internationalization is marginal in most universities,, international programs and activities are fragmented and there is a general lack of an institutional strategy. In an effort to move towards a transformational international experience a commitment was made by the Chancellor of the University of Denver that any D.U. undergraduate would be able to study abroad at no additional cost compared to the cost of attending D.U. While the program has been very successful in significantly increasing the number of undergraduates who study abroad much still has to be done to move the University towards a truly transformational international experience that is both deep and broad.
Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
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