University of Tennessee

UT’s Haslam College of Business Accepted to International Business Consortium

March 12, 2020

The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been accepted to full membership in the Consortium of Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE) programs, based on the ongoing work of Haslam Abroad, the college’s international business program. Haslam joins an elite group. Several of the 26 other full-member organizations rank among the top 25 undergraduate international business programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

In announcing the college’s acceptance, CUIBE President David Sprott said that joining the organization reflects a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate international business education. 

Attaining membership in CUIBE is the culmination of several positive developments in recent years for Haslam. The number of undergraduate business students studying abroad has grown exponentially in the last three years, reaching a high in 2018-19 of 510 students. Of the students that studied abroad in that period, 424 have declared their collateral or concentration as international business, which now boasts the largest percentage of students with collaterals and concentrations among Haslam programs.

“As a college, we have grown tremendously over the last couple years in both the number of students that we send abroad and the diversity of where they are going,” Sara Easler, director of international programs and study abroad at Haslam, said. “Membership in this consortium recognizes the value that we place on these important and life-changing educational experiences. I am excited to be part of a group of other top-tier business schools that share a mission in developing future global leaders.”

The application process, which took about nine months, included an extensive self-assessment and a site visit by CUIBE officials. In their report, the CUIBE representatives wrote favorably of elements of Haslam’s international business program that distinguished it from similar programs, especially its relative affordability and numerous scholarships. Easler emphasized Haslam Abroad’s open-access policy as another differentiator for the program. Whereas many such programs are exclusive, admitting only a small number of top students each year, Haslam is open to all undergraduates.

“We’ve taken the approach that, if these global competencies are important for students to have meaningful careers in business, then everyone should have access to them. Everyone should be able to have an international experience,” Easler said.

Membership will allow faculty members to trade ideas on educational challenges and opportunities with colleagues from other international business programs worldwide at CUIBE’s annual conference, as well as share educational material and training opportunities and compare study abroad programs. Students can compete in CUIBE’s case competition. 

About the Haslam International Business Program: Haslam Abroad provides students the opportunity to live, learn and work abroad through a variety of programs, and it can help them find the right program and navigate the application process.


Scott McNutt, business writer/publicist (865-974-3589,