English for Global Business (4 weeks)

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Learn the Global Language of Business

Education to Achieve Your Goals

UC Davis' English for Global Business Program helps students improve their knowledge of global business as well as their English proficiency. Designed for students who major in business-related fields or who wish to improve their English proficiency within business contexts, this program is located in an ideal place to learn how global businesses work—from startups to large international companies.

Program Benefits

This engaging and intensive program builds language and professional skills, such to critical and analytical thinking, presentation skills, best business practices and how to integrate innovation and sustainability, to help you succeed in a transnational workplace. Located at the crossroads of three (San Francisco, San Jose/Silicon Valley, and Sacramento) of the top four clean-tech metropolitan areas in the United States, Davis is a center for sustainability and entrepreneurship. Plus, the educational and professional focus of the program provides long-term value that will increase your academic and employment opportunities. 

  • Access to a world-class university known for its translational research in areas of energy, bio-tech and bio-medical fields
  • Collaboration and leadership skills
  • Understanding of how U.S. companies innovate in a global economy
  • Connections to industry experts and entrepreneurs from sustainability and high-tech industries
  • Increased ability to think critically and analytically about business cases and readings
  • Networking with students and faculty
  • Letters of reference
  • Optional volunteer experiences

Program Details

This four-week program, held in our new state-of-the-art International Center, is offered twice each year (summer and winter) and includes four hours of instruction each day. Students are grouped based on their level of proficiency to ensure the best possible learning experience.

  • Visits to local companies and presentations from entrepreneurial experts
  • Small class size (about 12-18 students) for high interaction among instructors and students
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers
  • Technology-driven classrooms, including a multimedia learning center
  • Daily recreational, cultural and social activities with UC Davis student leaders
  • Optional weekend trips include Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles

students in the classroom

Rigorous, Engaging Curriculum

Program curriculum, along with presentations and site visits to local companies, allow students to communicate directly with experts. Students also practice English once a week in class with UC Davis conversation leaders. The core classes include: 

Business Communication Skills 

  • Improve speaking and pronunciation skills through directed practice in various functions of business communications
  • Handling telephone calls and emails
  • Understanding meeting procedures and terminology
  • Presenting and responding to opinions
  • Word choices, attitudes and using diplomatic language

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

  • Learn about the initial phase of research and development, followed by beta testing
  • Gain skills to analyze business and market trends, data and reports
  • Evaluate various business situations
  • Discuss recommended courses of action
  • Engage in role-plays to stimulate practical learning
  • Consider flexibility in searching for a career

Intercultural Business Research Project

  • Learn to make effective oral and visual presentations in English
  • Learn to design and conduct effective research interviews
  • Collect, organize and analyze data
  • Enhance collaborative and leadership skills

Hot Topics in Global Business

  • Improve critical thinking and analytical skills by reading articles, watching talks and engaging in guided discussions on global business themes
  • Deepen your understanding of transnational and cross-cultural management issues
  • Learn current approaches to innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship that are changing the future of the business world

*Participants must have a high-school diploma or be at least 18 years old to enroll in this program.