After a long winter of recession, economists are predicting a recovery and things are finally looking up in western economies. Businesses and consumers are growing more confident, tax rises and spending cuts have slowed down. According to Rob Wood, chief UK economist at Berenberg, even the political troubles in Ukraine and the emerging market wobbles won’t affect this recovery, “which should continue and possibly strengthen.”

The global economy is currently presenting many opportunities, with long term factors that will drive future global growth in spite of any slowdown emerging economies might be undergoing. The UK is set to be the fastest-growing economy in the G7 during the next quarter; but both Germany and the US are expected to show growth of more than 3% in the first quarter. The manufacturing sector has been expanding since the start of 2014, suggesting the recovery is broad-based.

Students at Aarhus University

Some firms may decide to “re-shore” to their home countries as costs are rising elsewhere, bringing back production to the West. And this is great news for Europe and the US, which can finally look to invest in their future again. In the months and years to come, this will translate into employment opportunities for promising graduates. This is adding extra value to the already reputable Business courses offered in Western universities, and is sure to result in a rise in applications.

Business courses at university have always been popular: they offer modules in a wide range of subjects which all constitute a strong basis of knowledge to start off any career on. These programs are especially popular with international students who choose to study in the US or the UK as much for the language benefits as for the promise of a reputable education. Graduating from an English-speaking institution is always highly regarded by employers back home and abroad, and with the added value of a Business degree, international students are equipped with all the skills they need to start a career in any sector.

Graduating at the University of Leicester

There are many options to study business, starting at college level with A Levels in Business Studies and Foundation Degrees or Higher National Diplomas. Those are introductory and can become stepping stones for further studies at university. There, some faculties’ courses will be focused on Management and others on Business, usually offering options to tailor modules to individual interests.

Master’s levels degrees in Marketing are offered to students freshly out of a degree as they deliver specialist knowledge and give an advantage in the graduate pool. Masters of Business Administration (MBAs) are typically taken by students with experience in the workplace who want to further develop their career and update their qualification.

Arguably, business studies at all levels have a strong common ground, which is part of the reason why they are so widely respected, and their graduates so highly coveted by employers. All types of business degrees have a strong emphasis on the practical application of theory, through the use of case studies, problem-solving tasks, project and team work, and often internships and placement schemes.

Students on Campus at INSEEC

In light of this, here are some of the best Business and Management programs for international students:

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS – LAMAR UNIVERSITY, TEXAS
Lamar University is a public research university located in Beaumont, and is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas. Lamar welcomes 14,000 students and offers more than 100 programs of study at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels. The College of Business was established in 1972 and is composed of four departments: Accounting and Business Law, Economics and Finance, Information Systems and Analysis, and Management and Marketing. Lamar’s MBA was ranked in the top 100 in the world for the third consecutive year by the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education in 2011-2012. Read students’ testimonies here…

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES – AARHUS UNIVERSITY, DENMARK
The School of Business and Social Sciences (BSS) at Aarhus University holds the distinguished AACSB and EQUIS accreditation, two of the three leading international quality systems for assessing, improving and accrediting institutions of higher education within the field of management and business administration. Ranked among the largest business schools in Europe, BSS delivers research-based programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level. BSS offers three-year Bachelor’s degree programs and two-year full-time Master’s degree programs within Economics and Management, Business Administration and Communication Studies. The programs are taught in English in an international study environment. Read the full profile here…

HIGHBURY COLLEGE PORTSMOUTH, UK
Situated off the south coast of England, Portsmouth is the country’s only island city and a historic naval port which boasts the best climate in the UK. A beautiful place to live all-year round, Portsmouth is chosen by many international students for its miles of green parkland, its beautiful seaside, its many summer events and a strong historical and cultural presence. It is also home to Highbury College, one of the leading further education colleges in the UK which maintains some of the highest success rates among graduates. Highbury has been awarded the Association of Colleges (AoC) International Charter, placing it in an elite class of the UK’s top-performing colleges. Business courses offered at Highbury range from A-Levels to Foundation degrees and Bachelors degrees. All programs focus on practical learning and work experience, providing graduates with the best quality training possible. Read the full profile here…

Highbury College campus

Pic: Highbury College campus.

GROUPE INSEEC, FRANCE
Groupe INSEEC was founded in 1975 in Bordeaux, France, and has since developed into a network of 16 schools offering generalist and specialist programs in Management and Communication. Today, it enrols 14,500 students and has a network of 40,000 alumni around the world. With locations in four French cities and in Monaco, London, Chicago and Beijing and soon in San Francisco and Shanghai, INSEEC offers top class courses and career opportunities in dynamic environments. With a budget of 126 million euro, Groupe INSEEC has established itself as a leader in the French higher education system. Part of a 200-strong university network, it offers opportunities to study at institutions all around the world. Read the full profile here…

SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT – UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER, UK
Leicester is a multi-cultural, lively city and an exciting place to be a student. It offers students and graduates a wealth of social and professional opportunities and many choose to stay after graduation for its friendly and safe atmosphere. The University of Leicester is a research-led institution in the East Midlands, which is amongst the top 15 universities in the UK. The School of Management, recognised as one of the top management schools, offers flexible programs including undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning to suit every career development need. Developed with the professional in mind, all courses are stimulating and relevant to current business needs and trends. Read the full profile here…

NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL – NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, UK
Newcastle University is a research-intensive institution located in the North-East of England. Its history traces back to 1834 and it is today one of the UK’s leading universities. A member of the elite Russell Group, an association of the leading research institutions in the UK, it hosts 24 academic schools and more than 40 research centers. The University prides itself on its civic responsibility and the role it plays in society by bringing its research to bear on issues faced by communities. The Business School at Newcastle University offers excellent academic programs to students from all over the world and prides itself on partnerships with industry which promise students a successful start to their business careers. Read the full profile here…