MBA schools were devised and developed in the United States during a time when the country was experiencing a tremendous surge in matters dealing with the economy, emerging technologies, and business issues of all sorts. This tremendous degree of activity has come to be known as the Industrial Revolution.
MBA schools established at the time were solely devoted to the needs of the American businessman. This particular course of education, however, proved to be so successful in the US that business owners, educators, and government officials from other countries became interested, too.
The US school programs were quickly copied and MBA schools suddenly appeared all around the world. Some of these foreign schools were affiliated in one way or another to some of the already established American schools and others were programs offered at well-established universities already in operation elsewhere.
Today's business arena covers a lot more ground than it did during the Industrial Revolution in America. Today's business owner frequently does business of some sort with businesses operating in other nations.
Due to the global influence on a business today, regardless of its country of origin, MBA schools have tailored the focus of their courses to encompass international influences, too.
Although it is probably not a requirement for admission to most MBA schools, it might be a wise investment of college time to become fluent in a foreign language. Effective business communications will always depend upon clearly understood verbal communications so eloquent language skills are instrumental.
Students usually have a strong idea of what they want to do with their degrees once graduated from MBA schools. If future plans call for extensive interactions with people from a specific country, it would be highly beneficial to learn to speak the language of the country of interest.
When MBA schools were first developed, the US was the focus and the English language was the language students in other countries learned to speak in order to operate most effectively upon graduation. The trend has reversed today, with businessmen and women dealing with a global market, thus the need for multiple language fluencies.