Business Education Initiative

Business Education Initiative

The Business Education Initiative (BEI) is a study-abroad programme run initially by the Department of Employment and Learning, but since 2006, is delivered by the British Council in association with the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland. Each year approximately 100 students are selected to study business related subjects at participating U.S. colleges and universities. The majority of the student's transport and living expenses are met by the British Council while the US host-institution grants the students a fee-waiver or scholarship.

The programme was established in 1994 and to date approximately 1,350 students have participated. It has proven to be a once in a life time experience for the majority of the students who have graduated from the program. A history of the programme is available [ here "(external link)"]


Applications are accepted from pre-final year undergraduate degree or HND students studying at a Northern Irish further-education college or university.

In the past, the majority of students on the programme have come from the following institutions:

* The Queen's University of Belfast
** St. Mary's University College
** Stranmillis University College
* University of Ulster
* Belfast Metropolitan College
* South Eastern Regional College

Participating U.S. Institutions

A list of participating U.S. colleges and universities for the 2006-2007 academic year is available [ here "(external link)"] .

External links

* [ Official Site]
* [ British Council]
* [ Department for Employment & Learning]
* [ History of the Business Education Initiative]

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