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 Jeremy in the Benelux Countries

Jeremy Kozler - International Business Management in Western Europe

Though I was initially upset that I was forced to spend time alone, I learned to appreciate the uncomfortable feeling of roaming an unfamiliar city without being able to speak its language.

 Lydia in the Benelux Countries

Lydia Kwon - International Business Management in Western Europe

We went to a total of five countries and eleven cities and it blows my mind that I experienced all those places within a month.

 Kahliaha in the Benelux Countries

Kahliaha Henderson - International Business Management in Western Europe

Companies that we have visited include the European Union Court of Justice, Luxembourg Stock Exchange and even Skype!

 Megan in the Benelux Countries

Megan Lindsey - International Business Management in Western Europe

Places we visited included: Coca Cola, the Diamond District, Duvel Brewery, the European Investment Bank, J.P Morgan, Microsoft, Skype and more learning about the ways they do business internationally. Listening to the discussions at the companies was a lot more enjoyable than sitting through a normal lecture and we got a way more in depth and hands on look on how they were ran. 

 Brittany in the Benelux Countries

Brittany Dean - International Business Management in Western Europe (The Benelux Countries)

I loved the flower market and cheese farm visits because it gave us a great inside view of not only business but culture as well and over all great experiences in Western Europe.

 Carolyn in the Benelux Countries

Carolyn Muir - International Business Management in Western Europe (The Benelux Countries)

This was one of the first times that I realized studying abroad was not just an academic learning experience. Throughout my three weeks on the International Business Management program I learned that studying abroad was more than the six credits I was getting and something to put on my resume.

 Melissa in Europe

Melissa Markham - The United States and WWII Europe: Memory and Memorials

I remember giggling as I watched one of my classmates try to convey that all he wanted was water. The more she didn’t understand, the louder he would get. And hand signals were our way of trying to show them what we needed.

 Heather in Europe

Heather Schramm - The United States and WWII Europe: Memory and Memorials

Going to the heart of Nazi Germany and going up to Hitler’s Eagles Nest in the same elevator he used was a surreal experience for me.

 Megan in the Benelux Countries

Megan Rowley - International Business Management in Western Europe (The Benelux Countries)

What I had expected to get out of the program only scratched the surface of the true rewards I would gain from my academic work in the Benelux countries.

 Connor in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Connor McShane - International Business Management in Western Europe (The Benelux Countries)

After speaking with business professionals in the region it is pretty easy to recognize that they realize the importance of understanding the cultures in order to do business across borders. Many of the individuals in respected positions were fluent in three or four languages, and had educational backgrounds in a number of different countries.

 Stephan in Europe

Stephan Broderick - The United States and WWII Europe: Memory and Memorials

Just by living across the Atlantic Ocean the names and numbers of divisions like the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” are relatively unknown, but here in Europe U.S. flags fly with the names and numbers of division, regiments or units and often names of soldiers to go with. The Europeans know more about WWII than us Americans who majorly fought it, but they don’t forget like we often do.

 Joseph in Europe

Joseph Broderick - The United States and WWII Europe: Memory and Memorials

70 years later their memory remains in the minds and lives of Europeans as it should for all Americans, though it seems that education in this topic for American students is too limited as the places, people, ad events we learned about were often unfamiliar.

 Joel looking onto the American Cemetery in Normandy.

Joel Taggart - The United States and WWII Europe: Memory and Memorials

Even as I write now I can still feel the great range of emotions from proud at the American Cemetery to dejected and empty at Buchenwald. Not only do you get to experience the subject you may already know so much about, but you get to see it within the context of another culture.

 Sarah with an icon of the Netherlands' in the background, the windmill.

Sarah Muir - International Business Management in Western Europe (The Benelux Countries)

The program in which I participated allowed me to see five different countries. In these various cultures, I was able to learn about business from a range of perspectives. The study abroad program brought material that I have learned in the classroom to life and gave me a solid global business perspective.

 Kay in Western Europe

Kay Pavlak - International Business Management in Western Europe (The Benelux Countries)

I was constantly being challenged to go beyond my comfort zone as I explored new foods, languages, and a world entirely different from what I had ever known. Not only did I discover a lot about new cultures but also discovered a lot about myself.

 Andrew Puente in Western Europe

Andrew Puente - International Business Management in Western Europe (The Benelux Countries)

Each and every country we visited in Europe was so truly European. Not only were the cities filled with history, but also rich culture. Many people who haven’t been on a study abroad or never traveled outside the United States have a lot of preconceived notions as to what Europe is like.

 Anna Slogor in Europe

Anna Slogor - The United States and WWII Europe: Memory and Memorials

By taking on these other cultures, I was able to see the beauty of another culture, something that most people of the world never get to partake in. I was able to realize that my way of life is not necessarily the only way to do things.


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