The International Business Communication for Professionals (IBCP) program is designed for working professionals with at least 2 years of business experience who want to improve the effectiveness and confidence with which they communicate in professional situations in English.  IBCP integrates targeted skills into simulations based on current international business cases.  The program is offered at an intermediate and advanced level.

IBCP for Intermediate Speakers

  • 2 week program*
  • 30 academic hours per week
  • 3-5 hours of socio-cultural activities per week

Sample Weekly Schedule: IBCP for Intermediate Speakers

*Online modules available for intermediate students after completion of the 2 week program.  Additional fees apply. Additional information at Penn ELP Online Courses: Essential Business Writing.

IBCP for Advanced Speakers

  • 4 week program
  • 20-25 academic hours per week
  • 3-5 hours of socio-cultural activities per week

Sample Weekly Schedule: IBCP for Advanced Speakers

Program Requirements

Students must have at least 2 years of professional work experience and must have a language proficiency of CEFR level B1- (for Intermediate Speakers level) or B2 (for Advanced Speakers level).  Intermediate Speakers must demonstrate level with a test score of TOEFL iBT of 57+, TOEFL PBT of 487+, IELTS of 5.5+, or TOEIC of 550+.  Advanced Speakers must demonstrate level with a test score of TOEFL iBT of 74+, TOEFL PBT of 535+, IELTS of 6.0+, or TOEIC of 750+.  Students without test scores should contact the ELP.

Please note: ELP does not issue the Form I-20 for the 2 week Intermediate Speakers IBCP program. Students must have the proper immigration status to enter the U.S. to attend this program. 

 


 

Sample Weekly Schedule: IBCP for Intermediate Speakers

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30-9:35 Business Analysis & Decision Making Business Analysis & Decision Making Leadership & Team Building Leadership & Team Building Productive Meetings
9:50-10:55 Cross-Cultural Interactions Cross-Cultural Interactions Effective Presentations Effective Presentations Smart Negotiations
11:10-12:15 Describing Data Describing Data Smart Negotiations Smart Negotiations Smart Negotiations
12:30-1:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:45-2:50 Productive Meetings  Productive Meetings Smart Negotiations  Productive Meetings Effective Presentations
3:00-4:05 Effective Presentations Smart Negotiations   Productive Meetings Effective Presentations
Afternoon Activities     Guest Lecture   Socio-Cultural Event

 

Sample Weekly Schedule: IBCP for Advanced Speakers

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8:30-9:35 Leadership and Team Building Business Analysis & Decision Making Building a Global Strategy Implementing a Global Strategy Persuasive Speaking
9:50-10:55 Strategic Speaking Strategic Speaking Persuasive Speaking Persuasive Speaking Smart Negotiations
11:10-12:15 Cross-Cultural Interactions Describing Data Smart Negotiations Smart Negotiations Smart Negotiations
12:30-1:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:45-2:50 Productive Meetings  Productive Meetings Essential Business Writing Essential Business Writing Socio-Cultural Event
Afternoon Activities   Corporate Visit   Wharton Leadership Lecture Socio-Cultural Event