With a minor in language and international business, you can expect to be fluent in both the language of business and one of three modern languages. This will give you a leg up in the professional world and help you stand out against other candidates because you will be able to communicate with partners overseas without translators. It also expands your career options. Knowing a language like French, German or Spanish opens up dozens of countries, and careers, across the globe. And while completing your studies, there are internship programs in several countries that would give you first hand experiences in a world business community.
French is the national language of 31 countries across Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Pacific, and parts of Asia. Today almost 350 million people speak French as a native or second language and it is one of six official language of the United Nations. The opportunities are almost limitless for someone with French fluency and business acumen. You could work in any corner of the world.
German has a powerful role in Europe today. With about 180 million native and secondary speakers, many of which are in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, German has become the unofficial language of business in Europe. The German bank provided the financial backbone of the European Union when the EU transitioned to the Euro in the 1990s. Germany has proven itself as a strong business partner for many countries and currently has the third largest economy by GDP.
Spanish is the national language of 21 countries and close to 400 million people speak Spanish natively, making it the most-spoken Romance language. Estimates suggest that close to 500 million people speak Spanish as a secondary language, making it the fourth most-spoken language in the world. Spanish is the second most-widely spoken language in the US. It is also one of six official languages of the United Nations.
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