The Institute for International Business (IIB) promotes the advanced study and teaching, of International Business, International Studies, and related fields at the University of Colorado Denver. As a university-wide center, we develop and provide international business resources and opportunities for faculty, students and businesses. The IIB supports faculty in enhancing the global dimensions of their teaching and research; provides students opportunities to be best prepared to work in a global economy; and collaborates with the business community to advance international business practice.

Since 1993, the IIB has been designated and funded by the US Department of Education as a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)—one of only 15 such centers in the United States. The US Department of Education’s stated overall mission for CIBERs is to advance US global competitiveness.  The IIB addresses this mission through the development and implementation of curriculum, research, and training on issues of importance to US trade and competition.

To gain national recognition for CU Denver as a leading university in global education and strengthen Colorado as a hub for global business.

CU Denver's Institute for International Business and Center for International Business Education and Research (IIB-CIBER) ensures equitable access to, and participation in its programs for students, faculty, staff, and business and academic partners with special needs.  No discrimination is acceptable on the basis of gender, race, national origin, color, disability, or age.

The IIB-CIBER ensures equal access and treatment for members of groups that have traditionally been under-represented.  We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment to deepen the educational experience for all and to better prepare our students and stakeholders to meet the world's pressing needs.


Colorado's only CIBER awarded $1.28 million

Prestigious CIBER at CU Denver's Institute for International Business is funded through 2022.

University of Colorado CIBER Initiatives

See what programs distinguish CU Denver as a Center for International Business Education and Research.

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Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and competitiveness.

Administered by the US Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER network links the manpower and technological needs of the United States business community with the international education, language training and research capacities of universities across the country. CIBERs serve as regional and national resources to business people, students, and teachers at all levels.

Each CIBER organizes a variety of activities to advance the study and teaching of international business and to support applied research on United States' competitiveness in the global marketplace.

CIBERs work collaboratively with each other, with other departments and disciplines within their universities, other colleges and universities regionally and nationally, government and trade councils, professional associations and businesses.

Our Impact


programs offered for students to learn IB topics and network with the IB community outside of the classroom


International Executive Roundtables hosted featuring CEOs, government leaders, and renowned academics.


students graduated from IB programs offered by CU Denver's Business School and supported by CU CIBER.

$7 million+

in multiple federal research and sponsored grants received by the IIB.


faculty from over 150 universities/colleges in the United States and around the world participated in Faculty Development in International Entrepreneurship Programs.

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