Students learn global business during semester in France

Sixteen business students recently returned from the south of France after completing their first semester of a program that immerses students in the different management styles of American and European business.

Photo of a beach in Nice, on the south east coast of France.

The students are part of a dual degree program that allows them to earn both a master's in business administration (MBA) from SF State and a master's in international business (MIB) from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis.

"Graduating with a dual degree gives students a competitive advantage and the international experience sets them up for success in the workplace," said Robert Nickerson, professor and chair of information systems, who established the program three years ago. 

Students spend the fall semester at the University of Nice, with classes taught in English, before completing spring semester and summer courses at SF State.

"Employers are looking for employees who can adapt, and you learn to do that when you study and work overseas in a different culture with different rules," said Nickerson, who has spent extended periods in Europe during his academic career. "Students become aware that everything doesn't always work the way it does in the U.S."

The one-year MBA/MIB program is designed for students who have already completed the first year of an MBA. For more information, visit

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