Business Learning Teams International (IBLTs)

Majors Eligible to Join

International Freshman Business Learning Teams (iBLTs) are open to all College of Business students in their first semester at Iowa State University who have enrolled directly from high school.  All BLTs are fall only. 

Program Description

The goals of the Business Learning Teams are to ease the transition to Iowa State University and the College of Business, to create a sense of connection with other students, staff, and faculty at Iowa State University and the College of Business, and to gain understanding of College of Business degree requirements, policies and procedures, professional standards and expectations, and resources.

Each International Freshman Business Learning Team is made up of 10-12 freshmen interested in collaborating with other freshmen from around the world.  Teams are, ideally, made up of 5-6 international students and 5-6 domestic students.  Each team has a Peer Mentor, an older College of Business student, who will attend BUSAD 102 (BLT Orientation) with their team.  The Peer Mentor will lead team discussions and activities in class as well as serve as a resource for the students.  Students participating in iBLTs will also take one to three additional required classes with their team members.  Opportunities are provided for students to interact with their team members as well as other College of Business students, staff, and faculty in social and professional settings.


Living Options

iBLTs are non-residential; students are able to choose where they prefer to live, either on- or off-campus.


Signing Up

Sign up for iBLTs takes place at orientation in June or August.



Kathy Weaver
Phone: 515-294-8300

Shannon Grundmeier
Phone: 515-294-8300


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