International professionals who seek a dynamic and successful career in today’s diverse global business environment must be able to function at a high level of competence in English in order to achieve their professional goals; otherwise, they risk losing important career opportunities.

The International Business Communication Program (IBCP) at the University of Pennsylvania is a four-week program designed for business professionals with advanced proficiency in English who want to improve the effectiveness and confidence with which they communicate in professional situations in English. The IBCP consists of more than 25 hours per week of instruction and other organized activities and is designed around an ongoing, integrated skills business simulation, which presents new challenges every day for the motivated global business person.

The program includes:

• business communications skills training

• business perspectives activities

• ongoing business simulation

• social and cultural activities

• average class size 8-14 participants

• access to University academic and recreational facilities

• certificate for successful completion of the program

• extensive web-based support for communication classes, self-access study, and simulations

Business Communications Skills

Instruction at advanced level. Participants will develop strategies to:

• interact more comfortably and appropriately with international colleagues at work and in social settings

• participate more effectively in meetings

• negotiate a more favorable outcome to business ventures

• respond more sensitively to international communication styles

• give more persuasive public presentations

• write more clear and concise business correspondence

• use powerful, expanded business vocabulary in speaking and writing

Business Perspectives

Business perspectives activities are designed to increase participants’ understanding of North American business practices, to give them access to public and private business resources available in the USA, and to provide opportunities for further development and practice of business communications skills. Activities can include:

• guest lectures at the Wharton School of Business

• workshops on communication styles and conflict resolution given by a professional corporate trainer

• workshop on brand identity and marketing provided by a brand identity consultant

• briefings by local business leaders

• opportunities to network with business people at other events, such as World Affairs Council Receptions, Chamber of Commerce meetings, and International Visitors Council receptions

Ongoing Business Simulation

Working in simulation teams that take advantage of each person’s individual business skills and experience, IBCP participants respond to a series of realistic and sometimes unexpected business situations. The simulation is a dynamic, realistic framework for using effective new language skills.