Global KEY Certificate Program

The KEY Global Competence Certificate is a hands-on approach to acquiring cross-cultural skills during your time at KU Business. Start the journey during your first semester by attending the Level 1: Key Symposium. As a benefit of opting into Level 2: Global Experience & Education, gain access to additional study abroad scholarships.  In  Level 3: Capstone in Global Collaboration, earn the chance to work closely with  International Business faculty while completing a global collaboration activity.

LEVEL 1: KEY Symposium

Roadmap to the Global Mindset. Attend the KEY Symposium during the fall of your freshman year to get a head start on mapping out your path to global competence by filling out your KEY roadmap. During this half day event, you will have access to EY professionals and KU Business upperclassmen with international experience, as well as campus partners who provide information on maximizing your international access throughout the KU community.
The roadmap that you will create at the KEY Symposium is a living document which is meant to evolve as you map out your plans and priorities. During advising sessions, ask your advisor to pull up your roadmap so that you can discuss your goals and continue to map out new steps to achieving global competence.

LEVEL 2: Global Experience & Education

International Experience Requirement. Complete a semester program or a 6-8 week long summer program that is approved by CGBS.

Academic Requirement. Complete 4 approved courses, including 3 advanced International Business courses and one regionally focused course, with a ‘B’ or better:

  • Required courses: IBUS 410; IBUS 462
  • Choice of MKTG 440—Global Marketing, FIN 420—International Finance, IBUS 480—International Management
  • Choice of IBUS 425—Business in China, IBUS 415—Business in Latin America, short term SA program with IBUS credit, or approved cultural course from a KU Area Studies department

Co-Curricular Requirement. Complete two of multiple options, including activities such as attending the KEY Global Business Conference or participating as a mentor in a future KEY Symposium.

LEVEL 3: Capstone in Global Collaboration

KEY Global Collaboration Activity. Work with the KU School of Business Center for Global Business Studies to design an experience that demonstrates global collaboration through documentation of leadership and impact in an approved global/international project.

Already attended a KEY Symposium? Opt in to Level 2.

Questions? Email Nichole Valliere,, or call (785) 864-3125.

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