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The international profile of JIBS is captured by the guiding principle describing our culture: “International at heart”.


JIBS international dimension is mirrored in our faculty. Of our 73 Core faculty, 37% are non-Swedish passport holders, representing 17 different nationalities, predominantly from Europe. 58% of adjunct faculty are international. Of our 66 internal PhD candidates, 67% are non-Swedish from 17 different countries. This includes 8 PhD candidates from our collaborative project with Rwanda. Additionally, JIBS is co-supervising 26 PhD candidates admitted at Addis Ababa University.

In addition, almost all faculty members have extensive international experience from living, studying, and working abroad as well as through their research, peer networking, attendance at international conferences, academic collaborations, and participating in international professional and academic associations.

Our graduating PhD students and post docs have been employed for example at Queensland University in Australia, Bocconi in Italy, Nankai University in China, ESADE in Spain, Tsinghua University in China and Copenhagen Business School.


During the autumn semester of 2016, 42% of the students at JIBS bachelor programmes were from other countries than Sweden. In JIBS master programmes this number was 80%.

With the exception of the one-year master programmes, students of all undergraduate and master programmes have the possibility to study abroad for at least one semester. A large majority of JIBS students make use of that opportunity. Consistently during the last five years, over 300 JIBS students have studied abroad annually under the exchange programmes with a similar number of incoming students attending JIBS each year.

JIBS’ network of exchange partners comprises approximately 180 universities and/or business schools from approximately 40 countries. JIBS conducts an annual review of its exchange partners to assure that students attend high quality partner institutions that offer an academic fit to their programme of study, but also to ensure a good balance of exchange and facilitate diversity among JIBS’ student population.   

After finishing their studies, many JIBS programme students embark on international careers by moving to third countries (i.e. not back to their home countries), and for Swedish students the prospect of an international career is an important reason for choosing to study at JIBS in the first place.


JIBS undergraduate and master programmes are all internationally-oriented, with the intention to prepare students for an international career. In addition, the education at JIBS is delivered completely in English, except for a selection of courses that focus on Swedish law and accounting standards. This means that all programmes except the Civilekonom (leading to a Swedish degree) are open for international applicants.

Strategic alliances

Memorandums of understandings have been signed with several other universities across the world to develop joined programmes.

We deliver annual courses in International Management and International Marketing for the German Steinbeis University. In addition, we offer International Summer Courses in Family Business Development, Entrepreneurship and Logistics.

In an alliance with the large Swedish export agencies, students in one master-level course are teamed up with regional SMEs to help them develop an internationalization plan.

International partners

A large number of exchange study partners are necessary to meet the demand for exchange opportunities among JIBS students. From its beginning JIBS has actively developed a network of exchange partner institutions around the world. The total number of student exchange partners is 151 in nearly fifty countries on all continents. JIBS has formal agreements with these universities for student exchange, at Bachelor or Master-level, or both; as well as agreements with these and other universities for faculty exchange and visits; research cooperation, or other academic activities.

During 2016, JIBS has strategically expanded in the US, UK, Spain and Japan. So far the initiative has rendered several new exchange agreements, such as: Lancaster University Management School (triple crowned, UK), Adam Smith Business School Glasgow (triple crowned, UK), Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (double accredited, Japan).

Content updated 2017-10-30

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