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Recognizing the role of the United States in world affairs and the importance of international operations to American business enterprise, this major offers a combination of basic business knowledge with an interdisciplinary study of international policies and practices. The curriculum is designed to help prepare students for positions in global business operations, government, or international agencies in the fields of economic development and international trade.

International business (IB) graduates who go directly into industry often start their careers in the domestic operations of an organization. Overseas assignments usually come after a few years with a company, although they may come faster if the student possesses specialized skills (e.g., language) needed by the company in its foreign operations. Alternatively, many opportunities exist domestically to advance to positions of coordinating global activities.

IB majors are encouraged to use electives to obtain depth in a field of business (e.g. marketing, finance, etc.) that will complement the international training and assist them in obtaining a first job. The International Business major is also appropriate for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in fields where knowledge of international business is beneficial, such as law, international relations, and public policy.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a business major need to apply for an internal transfer. McCombs School of Business accepts students for the fall semester, only. Students are encouraged to attend an internal transfer information session and check their eligibility to apply through the McCombs Internal Transfer website. Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures, requirements to apply, historical summary of acceptance, and additional opportunities.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View the School of Business undergraduate degree plans to learn more about the required courses for the international business major. View the course offerings page for up-to-date information on international business courses offered through McCombs.


The International Business major does not offer specialized tracks, but it does require the student to choose a region of the world as their focus. The student must spend a semester abroad in the region they choose, and must take upper-division courses in the region's language, culture, history, and politics.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

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Students in the international business major are generally adventurous, receptive to new people and cultures, and friendly. IB majors will be expected to interact with people who have different customs and habits. It is important that they are understanding and do not judge others quickly. They must also be comfortable making their own paths.


  • Interpersonal communication skills (often work as a bridge for international companies)
  • Internal drive to succeed and persevere
  • Understanding and knowledgeable when dealing with cultural norms
  • Ability to make decisions without direct guidance at all times
  • Ability to learn a foreign language (opportunity to become fluent)
  • Study abroad experience promotes responsibility
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to succeed independently