About IBEA

(Last updated in: 06/04/2018 - 6:24pm)

IBEA is a truly global undergraduate program of excellence with world-class opportunities, drawing on the expertise of four top business schools, across four continents.

Students will be recruited in the first semester of 2018, with the first class of around 40 students expected to graduate in spring 2020. The first three (in the case of EBAPE, the first FOUR) semesters will be completed at each student’s individual home institution.

Beginning in February 2019, IBEA students will study as one cohort for the subsequent four semesters, starting at the University of Mannheim Business School, followed by the Darla Moore School of Business of the University of South Carolina and ESSEC’s campus in Singapore. The cohort’s last study abroad semester will be spent at EBAPE.

Each school will offer a customized business class for the IBEA cohort based on each partner school’s academic fields of excellence and a customized cultural course reflecting each country’s economic, social and cultural background. While studying abroad, students will also be exposed to the regional business intelligence while working in teams on a designated corporate project at each partnering institution. In addition, IBEA students will be able to take regular undergraduate courses offered at the host school in order to fulfill their home degree course requirements.

The eighth semester will be, again, completed at the student’s home institution. Graduating students will receive a document of completion appropriately endorsed by all four institutions.

The highest-achieving students from each institution will follow an international program, which reaches over four continents. In the case of students from EBAPE,  it will run (approximately, as terms in the Northern Hemisphere are different from Brazil’s) as follows:

  jan fev mar abr mai jun jul ago set out nov dez
2017    Sem 1 EBAPE (regular courses)   Sem 2 EBAPE (regular courses)
2018    Sem 3 EBAPE (regular courses)   Sem 4 EBAPE (regular courses)
2019   Sem 5 – University of Mannheim, Business School (Cohort)   Sem 6 University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business (Cohort)
2020   Sem 7 ESSEC Singapore (Asia Pacific Campus) (Cohort)   Sem 8 EBAPE (Cohort and EBAPE)


At each institution, students will follow cohort-specific courses specifically designed for the group, as well as electives from the institution’s course catalog or a fixed program of study, according to the host institution’s requirements. The program combines course work and project work, as per the examples below:

University Cohort-specific courses Electives
Uni. Mannheim Business School

· Business and Corporate Taxation in Europe

· German Business Culture

e.g. Advanced decision-making for operations managers, Consumer Finance, Behavioral Finance, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business model design, Marketing Communications, Organization and HR Management, Social Media Marketing, Stock Market anomalies,..)
Full list of Spring courses on separate document and course outlines can be found in Uni. Mannheim module catalogue.


USC Darla Moore · IBUS 310 Globalization and Business; other options can include IB Thematic course (Consulting) or MGMT courses to be created
· Intercultural seminar
Course descriptions searchable under the following online Darla Moore course catalog:
Prefixes for available programs: International Business (IBUS), Management (MGMT), Accounting (ACCT), Finance (FINA), Management Science (MGSC), Marketing (MKTG), Economics (ECON). Course examples: International Business, International Marketing, Financial Management
ESSEC Singapore · Managing International Business In Asia
· Asian Cultures and Societies or Asian Economies
 Management of Organizations, International Contract Law, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship 2, Research Methods.
Company project: Asian Strategy Challenge – ASC
FGV/EBAPE  · Business in Emerging Markets
· Leading and Managing
 Interpretations of Brazil, Strategic Management, Social and Environmental Responsibility (further courses may be available. Details to be confirmed).

Please note that each university reserves the right to modify the course offering as required.


IBEA students pay only their home institution for tuition. Their housing and other living expenses will be based on the accommodations secured in-country and will vary accordingly. IBEA students will also need to budget for travel expenses between home and IBEA partners, as well as expenses related to cohort activities.