Central to the study of international business is the understanding of politics and government, so students must take electives in these areas. Most programs expect students to master a foreign language. Study abroad for one academic year, a semester, or a summer enhances students' course work. Occasionally these opportunities include visits to foreign companies and meetings with business managers. The major readies students to meet the business challenges, which demand creative and responsible leaders in business here and abroad. Students acquire professional expertise that will allow them to operate in an international business environment, while also gaining a bigger understanding of their own and other cultures.