International Professional Development (IPD) Program
IPD Course Descriptions
All regular IPD sessions include the following courses:
Corporate Seminars and Visits
Omaha is home to more than 30,000 businesses, including the headquarters of several Fortune 500 companies. The city has earned recognition from Kiplinger’s, KPMG, and Forbes for its business-friendly environment. Visit many of these local corporations and meet leaders in marketing, medicine, commerce, communication, banking, and international trade, all located in the Greater Omaha area. Gain experience through interaction with diverse business models and professional practices. This is a great opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom and experience business in action.
Listening & Pronunciation
This course offers IPD trainees the opportunity to strategically improve the ability to listen to, speak, and understand English, particularly in professional contexts. Trainees will also practice pronunciation to help them to be better understood, and to be able to recognize sounds in order to improve their listening skills.
Explore the core characteristics and the English vocabulary of effective leaders and learn how to apply them. Through examining real-world cases, listening to speakers, completing questionnaires, and engaging in active role-play, participants learn the practices of effective business leaders and how to apply them to professional and organizational goals.
Management Best Practices
Study fundamental skills and English terminology for successful management in today's complex global business environment. Participants examine recognized management theories and related practical applications in an international context. Strengths and weaknesses of each theory are discussed and applied to individual company case studies.
Identify the framework and receive the practical coaching necessary to help project a confident, positive and credible image when giving business presentations in the English language. Participants will have the opportunity to view and analyze their existing presentation method as well as their progress during the course through digital recordings. Class objectives also include preparing presentation slides in English, strategies for overcoming anxiety, using body language to facilitate understanding, managing the question and answer session, and preparing for the capstone project.
Global Communication Skills
Expand the intercultural business awareness critical for success in a global environment. GBC examines the cultural, attitudinal, and behavioral differences that affect intercultural communication in the English language and how to manage them. Through discussion and role-play, participants gain insight into how to communicate effectively with business associates from different cultures.
IPD trainees will develop a framework for optimal reading strategy. Participants will examine the importance of a dynamic reading process, using authentic business texts to expand their vocabulary, and apply these dynamic reading skills to improve comprehension, retention (memory), and speed.
Learn to communicate effectively by increasing English writing abilities in a variety of business situations. Learn to produce polished business documents that are concise, clear, and professional. Participants will prepare a number of different documents such as professional introductions, e-mails, memos, letters, reports, and business plans.
Community Engagement Events
Improve English listening and speaking skills, become acquainted with new people and customs, and acquire cultural insight by joining these collaborative educational events. Held three times each session, these occasions are designed to provide participants with a chance to experience different aspects of life and culture in the United States.
Elective Courses for Custom Programs
The following customized courses can be added to the standard program at an additional charge:
Private Language Lessons
This private course helps enhance language skills in areas needing improvement on an individual basis. These lessons are by the hour, at various lengths, depending on the needs of the participant.
Undergraduate and Graduate Class Audits
This arrangement allows trainees to customize their program by auditing, or observing without earning college credit, undergraduate or graduate classes, usually in the College of Business.