University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

International Business Cultural Association

Hello, Bonjour, Habari, Ciao, etc.

These are just a few of the greetings becoming the norm within the business world. As our world becomes more global, we must become global with it. Having an understanding of business is not enough. We must also comprehend how to conduct said business in differing cultures. Without a doubt, understanding different cultures is essential to doing international business.

The norms for business etiquette vary greatly across the globe. Understanding those etiquettes starts with understanding the cultures of these countries. That is the goal of the International Business Cultural Association: "Building bridges, connecting cultures, understanding business". We are here to serve you, the Walton College students. IBCA provides the necessary atmosphere for you to meet and engage with students and professionals in order to understand these differing cultures and their impact on business. With events such as coffee chats, study abroad fairs, mentorship programs, as well as international business lecture series, you are sure to find an opportunity to learn about the International Business world in a way that is tailored to you.

Without a doubt, understanding different cultures is essential to doing international business. With IBCA, you meet a group of people from whom you can journey on that path of that understanding together. So join us as we look forward to meeting with you!!

Nelly Muyia
2013 - 2014 President



Event Descriptions

Walton College Block Party: The first opportunity of the year to learn about IBCA!

Coffee Hour: An opportunity to meet Walton College's current exchange students who are here from our partner schools and/or learn more about business in a particular country.

International Business Lecture Series: Designed to give insight and inspiration for the Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB) degree program. Faculty members and professionals from the various concentrations will share about international business experiences in their specific field.

Walton College Study Abroad Fair: Learn about all the Walton College faculty-led study abroad programs and the college's semester and year long exchange programs. Meet the faculty leaders, UA students who have been on the programs as well as international exchange students from partner institutions.

General Meetings: Held once a month to discuss upcoming IBCA events.

Where in the World is Walton? Photo Contest: Held in the Fall, submit your study abroad photos and winners will have their photos displayed inside Walton College!

Mentorship Program: Brings together students and faculty with international experience with IBCA members who want to learn more about a specific country.


Contact IBCA

Visit the IBCA information table at:
Walton College Block Party 8/26, 11 am - 1 pm,
Shollmier Plaza


Or contact the Global Engagement Office
WCOB Room 117
Phone: (479) 575-4765

IBCA Officers

  • President – Yulia Batalina
  • Vice President – Paulina Moya
  • Treasurer – Tucker Hill
  • Secretary – (vacant)
  • Events Committee Chair – Gabrielle Muscari
  • Events Committee Vice Chair – Alejandra Perea

2014 Officers

Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB) Degree Program

The BSIB is an interdisciplinary degree that combines the following areas of study:

  • International business (15 hrs.)
  • Upper division business language (6 hrs.)
  • An area studies requirement (9 hrs.)
  • A business concentration from one of the following: accounting, business economics, information systems, finance, general business, management, marketing, retail, or transportation and logistics (15 – 21 hrs.)
  • An international experience, typically a study abroad opportunity

International Business Minor

The International Business Minor for business students is considered an interdisciplinary minor.

Intermediate Foreign Language (6 hrs.)
International Business (15hrs)

  • Choose from a list of ten international courses offered
  • Can choose 3 hours of study abroad led by Walton College Faculty
  • Other—Department Chair approval needed