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Brazil Meets Bobcats

Friday, February 22 2019 10:19am

LAIOB and COB work together to assist Brazilian students

For the past seven years, Ohio University has partnered with the Latin American Institute of Business (LAIOB) to help Brazilian students learn more about a specialized business field. The two-week event happens twice a year, once in February and once in July. All of their classes are taught by College of Business professors, so they truly get an exceptional learning experience.

Each student studies one of the following specialized tracks:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Project Management

The students also take Business English with the University’s Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE). This class is tailored to each student’s skill level. OPIE also focuses on improving writing skills and other technical skills that contribute to academic success. Upon completion of the program, each student will receive certificates for successfully completing the Business English Program and the specialized study Executive Program.

Program facilitators also take students on company visits, giving them a chance to network with executives in the field they chose. These visits provide the students an opportunity to learn valuable information from professionals in their chosen fields while also getting an idea of what it is like to work for a company they are interested in. During this month’s visit, the students met with Crimson Cup, DoMedia, JP Morgan Chase, and Rev1 Ventures.

Although academics is the Brazilian students’ main focus, they are also immersed in the Ohio University student culture for the duration of the program. They get to experience events such as attending a basketball game, eating at the dining halls, and taking in the beauty of Athens while exploring the campus.

Although our most recent LAIOB guests found our climate something to get used to, most said they had incredible experience during their time at Ohio University. We are sad to see our Brazilian Bobcats leave, but we are proud of their continuous hard work and look forward to welcoming the new students next summer.