The Courses

First Year - Fast Track - Key fundamentals of International Management

First year courses are directed at mastering the key fundamentals of international management practices so as to create a sound knowledge base from which to work.

Courses are divided into two academic semesters. The first semester is held in France at the ICN Business School in Nancy and the second in Italy at the UNIBO School of Economics, Management and Statistics in Forlì and Bologna.

Each School integrates company visits to coursework, introducing the local economy and business environment to the students. Local industry leaders are also invited to hold workshops and seminars throughout the year, providing practical application to accompany the theoretical framework of the program.

At the end of the first year, students are given the choice to either take the Fast Track, finishing the program in one year, or advance to the Master Level at one of the partner Universities. At the end of the second semester, Fast Track students finish the program with an In-Company internship and a Final Exam, while Master Level students work in teams on Field Work Projects for companies. Upon successful completion of the first year, all students (Fast Track and Master Level) earn the MIEX Master Universitario di Primo Livello from the University of Bologna.

The first year includes 230 hours of core courses and 140 hours of alternative teaching (seminars, conferences, company visits and business games) and 300 hours of Project Work Activity, amounting to 60 total ECTS.


International Banking – ECTS 4

Market and banking operations and organization in an international context. Tools for financing businesses and how to manage the related risks. Students will be introduced to the nature of costs and revenues and balance sheets in international operations.


Human Resource Management & International Business Organization – ECTS 4

Students are presented leading strategies on how to manage human resources in international projects, optimize business organization, and are presented with the various organizational constraints that influence company behavior.


International Marketing & Brand Management – ECTS 7

A wide range of management tools concerning international marketing and brand management are presented and put into context with case studies. Other issues confronted are: brand management in light of product/service differentiation, the nature and value of global brands, and the characteristics of a successful international brand.


International Business Law – ECTS 4

A review of the international legal system with particular emphasis on the economies of major importance for Italian companies. Contractual problems are explored on an international level, such as the application of European Union directives on the Public Administration and on company relations. Different types of contracts are also examined (e.g. licensing contracts and franchising contracts relating to international joint ventures). In addition, aspects such as brand management and the protection of know-how and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) are discussed.


Negotiation Techniques & Economic Information Analysis – ECTS 4

Negotiation techniques in international transactions are studied and practiced. Students are also introduced to the most common software used in information analysis and project management.


International Business Strategy & International Entrepreneurship – ECTS 6

International market competition is analyzed and accompanied by a presentation of the various tools available for strategic management on an international level. Internationalization processes for companies will also be presented through case studies.


Industrial Economics – ECTS 4

This course analyzes the constraints and possibilities of the internationalization process of companies in relation to their territory of reference.


International Economics – ECTS 4

Internationalization processes are studied from the local perspective of various economies of the world. The course also introduces the main concepts behind international trade and real integration issues.


International Finance – ECTS 4

A comparative analysis is drawn between international payment tools and the role of the bank as a mediator in these transactions. In addition, this course covers financial management and identifies the primary financial instruments used on an international scale.


Logistics & Operations Management – ECTS 5

Introduction of management theories and practical tools on how to manage the flow of goods and services. Particular attention is drawn to customs operations, the problems found in transport and storing, and the exchange of electronic data. Furthermore, a part of the course is focused on Lean Management and Lean Logistics.


Second Year - Master Level - Market Area Specialization

Second year courses vary based on the chosen Market Area Specialization.

MIEX students who advance to the Master Level, choose a market area to specialize in and are hosted by our Partner Universities in: Brazil, China, Mexico, Russia, or Sweden.

MIEX’s modular structure allows students to tailor their experience to best suit the needs of their professional aspirations. Each student is offered a standard track in each destination or a Master track specific to the host University.

The Standard Track is made up of an academic semester and a six month, in-company Project Work – PW – Activity, done in accordance with their host University’s regulations. The track ends in a final exam which can be held in any of the universities in which the student was hosted. Students who choose the Master Track, do a Master Thesis – MT – during their second semester under the direction of a faculty member from the host university.

Students from all tracks are put before a Board of Examiners to present their work as a final exam to complete the Master.

Students who successfully complete the 2nd year of the program earn: the MIEX Master Universitario di Primo Livello issued by the University of Bologna at the end of Year 1, the Master of Science in International Management issued by the ICN Business School, and a certificate of study issued by the 2nd year host University. The third (optional) degree issued by the 2nd year host University depends on the track choices made by the student (some of which are subject to extra fees and/or additional course work).



Academic Semester Overview: UFRGS offers MIEX students a strong and focused semester on how to do business in Brazil, integrating cultural, geographical and economic aspects into the core courses. Other areas of focus include financial markets, innovation management, consumer behavior and business strategy. Students will also be taken on company visits and be introduced to important industries influencing the Brazilian economy.

Standard Track:  Academic semester + PW = ICN M.Sc. + Certificate

Master Track:  Academic semester + MT = ICN M.Sc. + MESTRADO ACADÊMICO EM ADMINISTRAÇÃO



Academic Semester Overview: Students are given insight into the Chinese business environment and legal structures. Special attention is placed on cultural context and history, as well as linguistic aspects, requiring a Chinese intensive language course for all students regardless of track choices. Elective Courses are chosen based on the student’s interest and the track chosen:  PW or MT. MIEX students are also required to attend seminars, professional lectures, and company visits to shed further insight into Chinese industries and businesses.

Standard Track : Academic semester + PW = Certificate

Master Track: Academic semester + MT = MIB or MBA (see below)

  • MIB Master in International Business: For recent graduates with little or no work experience.
  • MBA Master in Business Administration (an AMBA accredited degree): For graduates with at least 3 years of relevant work experience.



Academic Semester Overview: North American trade and commerce is studied to provide the contextual setting within which to analyze Mexican businesses and models for growth and development. Special focus is placed on international entrepreneurship and social responsibility in management practices.

Elective Courses are chosen based on the student’s interest and the track chosen: PW or MT. MIEX students are also taken on company visits to leading Mexican import/export companies with global implications in the financial sector and international customs. Students are also required to attend a cycle of conferences in the field of International Business.

Standard Track: Academic semester + PW = Certificate

Master Track: Academic semester + MT/PW = Maestria en Administraciòn de Negocios Internacionales (see below)

  • Maestria en Administraciòn de Negocios Internacionales WITH MT under guidance of an academic tutor, written and discussed at La Salle.
  • Maestria en Administraciòn de Negocios Internacionales WITH PW with report and discussion at La Salle.



Academic Semester Overview: MIEX students who choose to go to MGIMO are presented with the global challenges facing the Russian Federation. Courses place theory and strategy in the context of Russian history and culture. Linguistic aspects are emphasized in understanding the local economy, requiring all students to take a Russian intensive language course. Development issues are also of pivotal focus in understanding the modern problems that face the country and its international relations.

Master Track: Academic semester + PW = Master in Management



Academic Semester Overview: Uppsala offers MIEX students the opportunity to acquire academic specialization in a world class university and center of excellence for research in International Management. Courses are focused on top international management and business strategies, leadership, consumer marketing, and in identifying the international firm in a global economy.

MIEX students who choose to go to Uppsala University are challenged with the rigors of a highly specialized and academic focus in the field of International Management. Attention is paid more toward strategy and theory than contextual integration leaving cultural focus to the global panorama.

Standard Track: Academic semester + PW = Certificate

Master Track: Academic semester + MT + additional coursework = Master of Science in Business and Economics

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