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New Paltz is a highly ranked 4-year college, known for its teaching excellence and its creative, challenging and supportive learning environment. 

The IIB program is a customized one semester program for English speaking international students of Business, Communication and Management, offered by the university in conjunction with the New Paltz School of Business. 

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The rigorous academic program provides a foundation in US culture and business practices in just two months. Students carry 5 courses and earn up to 10 Continuing Education Units (CEU): 

  • Two (2) electives from AACSB-accredited New Paltz School of Business;
  • Two (2) IIB courses specially developed with the English-speaking international Business and/or Communications student in mind;
  • An Internship Practicum as preparation for an internship / field placement experience; and 
  • Individualized career counseling sessions with an internship advisor.

Courses are taught by New Paltz Faculty, all experienced experts in their respective fields.     

School of Business (2 courses of 20 hours /2 CEU units /class) 

Students can choose to audit from graduate and undergraduate curriculum listed on the website and taught by department faculty. Together with their American classmates from the School of Business, they participate in classroom instruction that encourages the critical thinking, teamwork ethic and globalized business approach that is characteristic of the U.S. college education system. NOTE: these are 15 week courses, and you will only audit the first 8 weeks.

IIB Courses (2 courses of 20 Hours /2 CEU units each)

 To compliment the Business School's curriculum, the IIB has developed two courses: 

US Business Communication & Culture focuses on US business writing styles, techniques and terminology as used in letters, memos, reports and presentations. This serves to strengthen English grammar and vocabulary skills for improved fluency, as well as to strengthen conversational skills that are necessary for business communication and networking. 

Public Relations for the Business Major examines the use of persuasion and public opinion techniques in electronic media, mass media and international advertising, providing insights into American public relations practices. Students write and present press releases, as well as review and critique websites. 

Internship Practicum (10 hours, 1 CEU) is facilitated by an internship advisor, and delves into comparative analysis of home country and U.S. business practices, understanding US business norms, and managing expectations. Alumni panels share their internship experiences, adding peer group guidance on the practical implications of field work and living in NYC. 

Individualized Internship Counseling and Internship Preparation

Individual student counseling sessions provide a structured learning environment for preparing and reviewing resumes, applications, and interviews. Techniques in self-appraisal, self-presentation and seamless integration into the workplace help students network and perform during their internship as well as articulate the benefits of their internship experiences for future career development. 

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