Business Languages

Chinese language training

CIBER supports the integration of world language and business learning. We provide scholarships for full-time undergraduate students taking business language courses, host workshops on business language and culture, and support language instructors in developing new curriculum.

Practical Chinese for Traveling Professionals

Interested in learning Chinese language and culture? Traveling to China? This class was developed especially for you! Practical Chinese Training for Traveling Professionals is a customized, non-credit Mandarin Chinese class designed specifically for University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff. Topics include:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Getting around
  • Negotiating
  • Conducting business meetings
  • Attending site visits
  • Attending business banquets
  • Dining with Chinese friends

Spring term classes meet Wednesdays, March 25-April 29, 2015 in CSOM 1-136. The course fee is $200 plus credit card processing fees. Learn more and Register >>

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota also offers seven levels of Chinese language classes to the general public.

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

The University of Minnesota's Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) provides professional development, instructional materials and resources for world language educators.

CIBER Business Language Conference

The annual CIBER Business Language Conference provides a forum for world language educators to discuss pedagogy, current research in the field, and how best to meet the language needs of business practitioners.

Cultural Interviews with International Business Leaders

Cultural Interviews with International Business Executives is a compilation of brief video clips in which executives discuss cultural issues of interest to North Americans -- from negotiation practices to social situations. Videos introduce diverse vocabulary in a professional setting, and offer non-native speakers of world languages examples of natural speech. Created by the University of Texas at Austin CIBER.