Gaining a global perspective on business goes beyond studying overseas. Here are some ways to expand your international outlook right here on campus.
Become A Ross Global Ambassador
Each semester Ross hosts exchange students from all over the world. These students are often concerned about making friends and adjusting to life at the university. As a Global Ambassador, you will be matched with an incoming exchange student and asked to help him or her feel included in the Ross community. By doing this, you broaden your international perspective, learn about another culture, and gain valuable interpersonal skills that can be marketed on your resume.
GAs will be asked to reach out to their exchange student partners via e-mail before they arrive in Ann Arbor in order to make them feel welcome. Opportunities include: offering advice on housing, Ann Arbor, and the University of Michigan; greeting students when they arrive; assisting with their initial needs such as shopping for groceries, books, etc.; helping them meet other U-M students; taking the time to get to know about each other's culture, home country, and home school; and participating in some welcome events. Students can choose to be a GA for one semester or for the full academic year.
If you are interested in becoming a Ross Global Ambassador, complete the Global Ambassador Program Application. Please note that applications are only collected at certain times of the year. If the application is not currently available, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take an International Business Course
Ross offers several courses in international business, which we strongly recommend to all students:
Please note: The university often updates its course offerings. Please check with your advisor for the most up-to-date course information.
We also encourage you to consider business language courses offered by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. You must complete all prerequisites in order to take the following business language courses. See the LS&A Language Department for more information.
French 380: Intermediate Business French
German 350: Business German
German 351: Practice in Business German
German 431: Business German: Management and Marketing
Asian Languages 405: Chinese for the Professions I
Asian Languages 406: Chinese for the Professions II
Asian Languages 429: Japanese Through Business and Social Topics I
Asian Languages 430: Japanese Through Business and Social Topics II
Scandinavian 351: Practice in Business Swedish
Consider an International Studies Major or Minor
The Program in International Comparative Studies concentration offers students the opportunity to take a set of courses across disciplines, bringing multiple methods and concepts together to address global problems. Students may also elect an international studies minor, in which they build their own curriculum within the framework of a chosen region, language, and theme from an extensive menu of courses across campus. This is a great way to make your Ross education distinctive and start to build multidisciplinary, specialized knowledge.
Study Another Language
Language skills help you communicate and collaborate in an increasingly interconnected world. Studying another language also opens up possibilities, perspectives, and ideas unavailable in your native language. For business students in particular, learning a second language can set you apart in the competitive global business market.
We strongly encourage you to learn another language or even two. We suggest planning ahead with an academic advisor.
The Language Resource Center supports faculty, staff, and students involved in the study of languages, literatures, and cultures at the University of Michigan. The LRC has a media library and diverse resources for students, faculty, and staff who wish to learn about a particular language or culture independently, beyond the classroom.
The University of Michigan School of Literature, Science, & the Arts offers coursework in more than 65 languages, from Armenian to Yiddish, any of which has the potential to be a significant asset in the global business environment.
Participate in intensive summer language courses in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Join a Ross International Organization
All of the Ross student organizations can be found on the Clubs and Organizations page. A number of them have an international focus.
When you become involved in student organizations, you can experience fun and educational events outside of your daily coursework. One such event is the Taste of Ross, which is a food fair directed by the Ross Student Association assisted by various country clubs and the Ross International Club. It’s an opportunity for students to try foods, see dances, and play games from around the world.
Join a U-M International Organization
For all undergraduate students, getting involved in student organizations offers an exciting opportunity to broaden your activities outside of your daily coursework and meet other students who share the same interests as you do.
For students who wish to travel on our programs and are not in the Ross School of Business, we suggest you search for student organizations via the Maize Pages. We recommend you look for student organizations with business or international focuses.