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Institute for International Business
New Paltz, United States; New York City, United States (Incoming Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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You have discovered a boutique academic and internship program designed with the English speaking international Business and/or Communications student in mind, to help them to
Study, Live, Work and Gain.

Where else can you get to an opportunity to live and study at our small state college, coupled with working a full time internship in New York City, the business capital of the world - all in one semester?

Our two part program allows you to do both! You spend the first eight (8) weeks on our beautiful, upstate New York campus studying public relations, business communications, and two (2) business courses that match your interests and current academic preparation.  After the academic portion is completed, you will move to New York City, where you will live and work in a full time internship. This experience will give you insights into your chosen career field, present invaluable networking opportunities, as well as give you international experience for your current resume.
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Please use the links on the right hand part of the page to learn more about current schedules, fees, and what past students are saying about this program, as well as current students.  Once you have had a look around - send us an e-mail with your questions - we look forward to hearing from you!


Nestled between the historic Hudson River to the east and the majestic Shawangunk Mountains (locally called simply "the gunks") to the west, New Paltz provides some of the most breathtakingly beautiful bcountryside on the east coast

Spring 13 IIB

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an exciting blend of tradition and vision. At its educational core is the ever-present belief in the importance of a liberal arts education. The town of New Paltz is a charming small college town, great for hiking and biking or just strolling along its many quiet tree-lined streets. Apple orchards, restaurants, retail shops and professional offices intermingle with historic stone houses built in the 17th and  18th centuries.

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Our location is midway between the business and cultural center of New York City, and the political hub and capital of the state, Albany. New York City, an educational gold mine, is less than a two hour drive, and benefits business, political science, communications, international relations, and fine and performing arts students with voluminous offerings: the UN, network studios, national publications, Wall Street, Broadway, and numerous museums and galleries.


Fall 2015 Semester  
April 1, 2015 Application deadline
August 19, 2015 Program start date (Arrival date at JFK / New Paltz)
August 24, 2015 First day of classes
October 16, 2015 Academic portion ends; move to NYC, check into NYC housing
October 19, 2015 Internships begin in NYC
December 16, 2015 Last day of internship
December 16, 2015 IIB Graduation ceremony in NYC
December 18, 2015 Program ends; check out of NYC housing
Spring 2016 Semester  
Oct 1, 2015 Application deadline
January 13, 2016 Program start date (Arrival date at JFK / New Paltz)
January 20, 2016 First day of classes
March 11, 2016 Academic portion ends; move to NYC, check into NYC housing
March 14, 2016 Internships begin in NYC
May 18, 2016 Last day of internship
May 18, 2016 IIB Graduation ceremony in NYC
May 20, 2016 Program ends; check out of NYC housing


Fall 2015 Program Fee: $12,000 (deposit of $450 paid in advance with application)

You will generally be housed with one roommate, although in some cases, you may have two roommates.  Each IIB student will have a "meal plan" in New Paltz during the academic phase of the program. Students will be provided with required bedding in both New Paltz and NYC.

Fee Includes:

    * Housing for academic portion of program in New Paltz (NOTE: might not be on campus, but at local motel, all subject to availability)
    * Housing for internship portion of program in New York City (Dorm like setting)
    * Full-time internship at a company in New York City
    * Internship administration
    * Academic Instruction and program fees
    * Use of university campus facilities
    * "Meal plan" while studying at SUNY New Paltz
    * Social & cultural events (welcome reception, site visits, guest speakers, graduation, etc.)
    * Group transportation from the airport to New Paltz*
    * Group transportation to New York City residence
    * Issuance of the DS-2019 & DS 7002 for J-1 Intern status
    * Health insurance for duration of program status

Fee does not include:

    * Airfare
    * Meals and transportation expenses while living in New York City
    * Course textbooks (these are expensive and can vary from $100-$400 per class)
    * Incidental personal expenses (estimated conservatively at $3500 for 4 months)


The Institute for International Business offers a unique combination of studying in a small-town college and working at an internship in New York City. Spend the first half of your semester at the State University of New York in New Paltz studying business, public relations, business English, and American culture. Then, move to New York City for the second half your adventure, where you will work in a full-time unpaid internship for two months.


During your two-month stay in New Paltz, you will participate in a rigorous academic program that includes the courses listed below:

Public Relations for the business major

You will gain an understanding of American public relations in a course designed especially for the IIB. Taught by several SUNY New Paltz professors and instructors from the SUNY New Paltz Department of Communication and Media, all experienced experts in the field, this course covers such topics as persuasion and public opinion, the electronic media, the mass media, international advertising, news releases, and much more. Case studies are an integral part of the course, and you will have a chance to try your hand at writing press releases. For information about the SUNY New Paltz Department of Communication and Media, visit their Web site.

Business Communication
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In this course designed especially for the IIB, you will learn the American style of business writing and speaking. You will get a chance to write business letters and memos and do a business report complete with an oral presentation. All the while, you will be improving your grammar, fluency, and vocabulary in the language that has become the major language of business and travel throughout the world.

Business Courses

IIB students join American and other international students in two business classes at the graduate or undergraduate level. You may choose from courses in marketing, finance, consumer behavior, economics, human resources, organizational behavior, and others. You will join these full-semester classes for the first half of the semester. For a general list of undergraduate business courses offered at the school of business  - click here; for MBA level classes - click here.

Q: How is the internship arranged?

A.  The internship is a result of collaborative efforts on the part of the intern and the program coordinators.  There are NO GUARANTEED INTERNSHIPS.  You will work very closely with the program coordinator to review existing opportunities and to find new opportuntiies.  You should be realistic and flexible in your internship goals.  The IIB program seeks the following for an internship:
  • Full time opportunity (32-40 hrs a week)
  • An internship setting that provides an overview to American business practices
  • an opportunity to network with professionals working in your career area of interest
  • a learning environment where you will be able to "get your hands dirty" and support a team / manager in your internship with meaningful tasks & responsibilities.
Failure to meet regularly with the IIB coordinator, to respond in a timely manner to emails and phone calls requesting interviews, etc. will likley result in you failing to secure an internship in a timely manner.  Failure to secure an internship before moving to New York City could result in your being dismissed from the program.

Q. What business courses are available?

A. Both graduate and undergraduate courses are available. Follow this link to learn more about the undergraduate business courses being offered in upcoming semesters, and this link to learn more about the graduate / MBA level courses. (Please note that course listings vary by semester, and not all of these courses are offered to IIB students each semester.  Check with the coordinator to ensure you have an updated course listing).

Q. What kind of students attend IIB?

A. IIB students come from all over the world. They are preparing themselves to enter the global marketplace with business and language skills that will help them get the jobs they want. To qualify for admission, they must have at least two years of university education in a business-related field, be over the age of 21, and should have some on-the-job experience. In addition, they should be able to demonstrate ability in English with 80 on the TOEFL / IELTS 6.5 or an equivalent test of English.

Q. What kinds of qualifications do the IIB instructors have?

A. The faculty, who teach business, public relations, business English, and American culture, bring with them a wide range of experience. Many of them have doctoral degrees in their field of expertise in addition to many years of on-the-job experience. You will have access to business and public relations professors and practitioners, business English teachers, and people who have been introducing American culture to international students for many years.

Q. Do IIB graduates receive credit or a certificate of completion?

A.  Graduates of the IIB program receive a certificate of completion in American Business Practices and are issued continuing education units. Each continuing education unit issued is equal to ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.  Continuing education units are not equivalent to academic credit.  Certificates of completion and transcripts are awarded at the graduation ceremony in New York City at the end of the program.

Q. What is the village of New Paltz like?

A. New Paltz is a small college town with many shops and restaurants that cater to the college community within walking distance of the college. It has a long history that goes back to the seventeenth century when the French Huguenots settled here after living in Germany for a number of years. Some of the original houses built by the Huguenots are available for touring, again within walking distance of the college. Many of the local inhabitants are descendants of the Huguenots, and bear the names of their ancestors.

Q. What is there to do in the fall and spring semesters while I am there?

A. Here is a sampling of events that occur in both semesters: Year-Round Events

Q. What kind of visa is required to attend the IIB?

A. SUNY New Paltz will issue you the required documents for you to obtain a J-1 Intern visa at your nearest USA consulate or embassy. Visit the visa information page for more details.

Q. How long before my J-1 progrom starts can I arrive in the United States? How long can I remain after my program ends?

A. J-1 exchange visitors and their J-2 dependents are admitted for "duration of status" (D/S), which is defined as the period indicated in item 3 of Form DS-2019, plus a 30-day grace period following the program end date, "for the purposes of travel." In addition, exchange visitors can enter the United States up to 30 days before the program begin date listed on their Form DS-2019.

Q. Do I need to purchase health insurance?

A. Usage of our Health insurance policy is mandatory and is included in the program fee.

Q. What kind of health care is available to me in New Paltz?

A. There is a health center on campus which will take care of routine health problems. In more serious cases, local doctors can be used. If a student needs hospitalization, a local hospital will be used. The health insurance covers all these types of care, although co payments may be required. If a student needs to see a dentist, a local dentist will be recommended, but the SUNY health insurance does not include dental benefits.

Q. What kind of immunizations must I have to enter the United States?

A. You must show proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. A combination of one measles and one combined MMR OR two measles and one mumps and one rubella immunization will fulfill this requirement. NOTE: both sets of the MMR immunizations must have occurred after your first birthday.  If you arrive and your immunizations are NOT up to date, you will be asked to take the required immunizations at our health center BEFORE you can start classes, or continue in the program.

Q. Will there be an orientation to SUNY New Paltz after I arrive?

A. Yes, you will arrive several days before classes start so that you can receive an orientation which will help you to deal with emergencies, learn the location of various offices across campus, resources in town, J1 visa rights and responsibilities, as well as learn about the college facilities.

Q. What kind of roommate will I have?

A. Your room mate will most likely be another IIB student during the program.  We strive to put people together based on gender, age, and avoid putting you in a room with someone from your own country.  This helps both of you to practice your English, learn about each other's culture, and to broaden your international network.  In some cases, you might be asked to live on campus and have an American room mate.  We do not have the resources on campus to house all IIB on campus.

Q. What are the deadlines for applying?

A. The deadline for the fall semester is June 1, and the deadline for the spring semester is November 1.  However, contact us if you have any questions.  We can review applications for future enrollments, and in some cases, review them after a deadline, or in advance of an application window opening.

Q. What kind of local transportation is available?

A. Most of your needs will be met on campus or within walking distance of campus. There is a local shuttle that is free to students that can take you to most destinations in town.  If you want to travel to New York City, frequent bus service from New Paltz is available. Round-trip bus fare to New York City is $30 - $40.

Q. Can I exchange money in New Paltz?

A. It is difficult to change foreign currencies into US dollars in New Paltz, so you should plan on bringing about $200 with you. Your bank card can be used most places while you are in the United States, as can most credit cards.

Q. How much will books cost, and where will I buy them?

A. All the textbooks and other materials you may need are available in the college bookstore. Textbooks are very expensive. You may need as much as $200 for one textbook. Some students agree to share books, while other buy used books. It is sometimes possible to sell your books after you have used them.  You can also pay a fee to many publishers to gain access to an online version of your text.

Q. Should I bring my laptop computer with me?

A. If you have a personal laptop we would advise you bring it.  However, you do not have to have a laptop to attend the IIB program.  Computers with Internet access are available to students at many places throughout the campus, at the hotel and the NYC housing, and IIB students may use them at no charge.

Q. Will my internship be arranged before I arrive in New Paltz?

A. No.  Internships are usually arranged during the eight weeks that you are studying in New Paltz. This is because most employers require a face-to-face interview with potential interns. Shortly after you arrive, the SUNY New Paltz Career Advising Center will help you with your resume, and you will do a videotaped mock interview to help you hone your interviewing skills. Some students will interview with two or even three organizations before they are offered an internship. Your transportation to New York City for two (2) interviews is covered in the cost of the program.
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Q. Can I continue to work in my internship after the program has officially ended?

A. The J-1 Intern visa may be extended for up to 12 months.  Speak to the IIB program coordinator if you are interested in extending your internship time.  There are several requirements that must be met before you can extend.  NOTE: if you extend beyond the end of the program, you will be responsible for paying for your NYC housing and all other living expenses.

Q. Are scholarships available?

A. Unfortunately, scholarships are not available through the IIB. However, many students come on scholarships from the governments of their own countries or are sponsored by their employers.  ITESM has an IIB scholarship available, contact your campus' international programs office to ask about this.

Q. Where can I find more information about SUNY New Paltz?

A. See this page


Housing in New Paltz

IIB students will live off campus at a local hotel.  All students must abide by hotel policies during their stay.  Linens, blankets, towels will all be provided during your stay.  The local hotel is within walking distance to campus, and there is a local shuttle bus that all students and faculty can ride for free, upon presenting their SUNY New Paltz ID card.  In some cases, we may ask someone to live on campus.  We wish we had the capacity to have all IIB live on campus, but we do not have the space.  However, we reserve the right to ask a student to live on campus if we have a need to do so for program operations.

Housing in New York City

New York City is a large, cosmopolitan and diverse city.  As such, short-term housing tends to be rather expensive.  When the IIB program makes arrangements for student housing our goal is to provide our students with safe, clean, and conveniently located housing while in New York.  While your room will not be luxurious, it will be clean, safe and assessable by public transportation.


Once you have been accepted to the IIB, in order for us to issue the DS-2019 & DS 7002 we will need the following documents:
  • A signed financial support statement if you are being financially supported by someone other than yourself such as a parent, employer, or any other type of sponsor. This statement says that this sponsor is willing and able to support you for the duration of your stay. (#9. on the application form below provides such a statement and a place for your sponsor's signature.)
  •  A bank statement from your bank or your sponsor's bank verifying that you or your sponsor has access to at least $15,000 USD. This amount includes the program fee of $12,000 and the cost of textbooks (which may cost over $350), personal expenses, meals in New York City, and  emergency funds (which we hope you will not have to use).
  • An application for the DS-2019. This application must be signed by you (and your sponsor if you are being sponsored) and mailed to us with the bank statement as soon as possible after you have been accepted to the program. We will send you the DS 2019 and DS 7002 for you to schedule a visit at the nearest US Consulate or embassy to get your J-1 visa.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.