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.


CIBER Business Language Scholarship for Undergraduates

We provide $500 scholarships to full-time undergraduate students at the U of M for world language courses focused on business content. Check out undergraduate business language course offerings on OneStop and apply today. Preference is given to:

  • Business French, German, Portuguese or Spanish courses offered on campus (for example SPAN 1014 or 3022; FREN 3022; GER 3021; PORT 3002)
  • Business majors or minors taking any level of Chinese, Portuguese, Korean or Arabic

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year will be available in the fall.

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.

Practical Chinese Training 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.

The next offering will be in fall semester 2014.

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

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.