Business Fundamentals and Skills

Learn more than just English!

Business Fundamentals and Skills helps students at every academic level build a foundation for their professional future. The program is ideal for students who want a strong foundation in both the English language as it relates to business and an understanding of American business culture.

An ideal way for the Bachelor’s or Master’s candidate who needs to hone their English Skills before undertaking one of our rigorous academic programs

Students improve their English language skills while gaining insight into their unique abilities as working professionals. This blend of theory and practice is designed to build student confidence.  The course uses a variety of methods to accomplish this.  These methods include: team projects, presentations, guest speakers, case studies, research and visits to local businesses and cultural interests.

Sample Curriculum

  • Business Communications and Marketing
  • Advertising and Social Media
  • Management Information Systems (MIS) & Small Business Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
  • Career Development
  • Leadership and Management
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Management
  • Customer Service

 Schedule

The Business Fundamentals and Skills class schedule includes eighteen (18) hours of classroom time per week (typically 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday). The program length options are variable and can be extended from a 4-week minimum to 6 weeks, 8 weeks, one quarter (10 weeks), and up to one semester (15 weeks).


2017 Tuition Fees

  • 4-week = $1250 (activity fee $50)
  • 6-week = $1750 (activity fee $75)
  • 8-week = $2100 (activity fee $100)
  • One quarter = $2800 (activity fee $200)
  • One semester = $4,000 (activity fee $200)

Tuition covers all course materials and textbooks. The Activity fee covers additional expenses involved in experiential learning such as group transportation, venue entry fees, guides and the Retreat (only offered in the quarter and semester long programs).

To Qualify

To be eligible you must have:

  • English score within the last two years (if from a non-native English speaking country) from one of the following approved tests:
    • TOEFL 65
    • IELTS 5.5
    • TOEIC 550
  • High School or Bachelor Diploma

To Apply

To be eligible for the Business Fundamentals and Skills Certificate program you must have:

  • English score received within the last two years (if from a non-native English speaking country) from one of the following approved tests:
    • TOEFL 65
    • IELTS 5.5
    • TOEIC 550
  • High School or Bachelor Diploma

To be Formally Accepted

  • First semester tuition payment and a non-refundable administrative fee of $250* MUST be paid.

*Please note: International students who have paid for their first semester, but fail to be granted a student visa for U.S.A., will receive a refund, less an administrative fee of $250.00 and less an International Postage fee of $50.


Expect to have fun!

There is more to business than what happens while you are sitting behind a desk. Incorporated into your BFS program are some fun events. Perhaps you’ll go camping in the nearby mountains or deserts, or enjoy a bonfire on the beach or take a walking tour of beautiful San Diego. Being able to socialize and network in a culturally appropriate manner is just one more thing you’ll have the chance to explore in this innovative and career based program.