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Popularity of study abroad continues among business students

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

LAWRENCE — Germany, England and Spain are just a few of the countries business students chose to study abroad last year. Whether it's 10 days or four weeks, study abroad continues to be popular.

It's a way for undergraduate and graduate students alike to earn college credits and see the world at the same time.

"Very often students want to challenge themselves by becoming immersed in a different culture and using a foreign language," said Carol Rose, director of the Institute for International Business, "and they realize that college is the opportune time to do this."

More than 200 students traveled to 10 different countries in the past academic year with Italy as the favorite destination for undergraduates. Students journeyed all over the world from Japan to Argentina to Ireland. Arnobio Morelix is a transfer student from Brazil who went on a short-term study abroad trip to India.

"It was an amazing country," he said. "It was interesting to see that, although it's half a world away, it shares similarities with my own country."

Two groups of Master of Business Administration and Master of Accounting students studied abroad during breaks in school. One group went to Costa Rica during winter break and another group went to France during spring break. Both groups studied at partner universities, as did a mix of undergraduate and graduate students who studied in China last May.

In recent years, about half of the school's MBA students participate in a short-term study abroad trip and the interest of the MAcc students is increasing.

"We are seeing a growing demand within the MAcc program for two-week programs abroad that can fit within those students' curriculum," Rose said. "We expect next year to be a transition year, as we will be exploring new ways to deliver study abroad courses, to take better advantage of our relationships with partner universities and potential partner universities overseas."



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