Student Standpoints: Traveling Testimonial #1

by Jahleel Nelson (in Austria at FH Joannuem)

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I was initially nervous about traveling by myself to a country that I knew nothing about. They speak German in Austria, so there was the issue of language barrier. Furthermore, I was nervous about my courses (i.e., difficulty, curriculum, professors, etc.)

In fact, I didn’t actually choose Austria! I am studying Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The Hospitality concentration is fairly new to CBU’s School of Business, and CBU has a partner school in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria called FH Joannuem. In order to graduate with the Hospitality concentration, you must attend classes at FH Joannuem for a semester to receive your electives.

Bad Gleichenberg is much smaller than Memphis — maybe 2,000 people in the entire town. They love pork like us, yet they are more health-conscious. Furthermore, since the town is so small, everyone walks! The similarities between Memphis and Bad Gleichenberg are that everyone for the most part is really nice and friendly, the radio stations play American music, and everyone knows Elvis Presley. My favorite experience thus far has been meeting new people everyday. I have hour-long conversations about America, Memphis, and CBU with people who are amazed by what life is like in the U.S.

Study abroad is not just a period where you just go to school in a different country — it’s much more than that! The opportunity to learn about a culture that’s different from your own is one of the greatest things you can experience. Study abroad gives you the chance to find out who you really are as a person. Meeting new people, trying new food, sightseeing, and traveling to other countries are some of the perks as well!

Jahleel Nelson (Business Administration ’16)

Student Standpoints: Traveling Testimonial #2

by Abigail Stovall (in N. Ireland at St. Mary’s University College)

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I was a bit nervous to travel abroad. I had been out of the country before, but never for an extended period of time — and especially not by myself. I chose Ireland because my favorite literature teacher in high school, Susan Berry, introduced me to the world of Celtic mythology, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, W. B. Yeats, and many others. The opportunity to be able to see ancient Irish archeological sites like Newgrange and Tara, while having access to the Queens University library and online archives, was not one I could pass up. Additionally, I was excited for the opportunity to take international business courses in Ireland, to learn how European economies emerged out of post-soviet Europe.

My favorite thing thus far has been the Literary and Scientific Society (also called Literific), which is the Queen’s University debating society.  I was able to ask the students in Literific questions about Northern Ireland’s politics and listen as they spoke wisdom.  The last Literific debate was actually held at Stormont, where Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from Northern Ireland’s biggest political parties participated in the evening’s debate. After this, there was a cocktail hour with the MLAs.

This experience was invaluable to me as an aspiring law student, interested in international law and politics. When I think about it, I cannot even believe I have shared in this experience. It is truly an honor to stand with these Queen’s students and converse and debate. I have tremendous respect for the Literific. I look forward to bringing back some of what I have learned and implementing it into CBU’s own fabulous Debate and Law Society.

To any incoming student, I would say to make you sure you read about Northern Ireland’s culture before you come here. To fully engage with these people, you must understand their past. Additionally, put yourself out there. People are extremely friendly; you can’t take yourself too seriously.  My experience has been incredible so far.  It is such a blessing and amazing learning opportunity.

Abigail Stovall (English for Corporate Communication ’16)

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Madeline Faber – St. Mary’s University College in Belfast

madeline“My semester at St. Mary’s University College in Belfast was a huge experience. Northern Ireland was a great fit for me because I was able to study in a country that has such a rich literary history. The curiculum is ideal for humanities majors, and it was flexible enough to satisfy my degree paradigm. St. Mary’s is small and safe and has a lot of the same characteristics that attract me to Christian Brothers. St. Mary’s makes special efforts to help the international studies integrate, and now I can say that I have friends all over Europe. I used Belfast’s harbor location to easily ferry to England and Scotland, and those trips supplemented valuable insight to my classroom learning. I encouage anyone who is thinking about having an international adventure to make an appointment with the study abroad staff. My four months in Europe continue to affect me, and I’ll always be thankful for Christian Brothers for making that incredible time possible.” - Madeline Faber, Junior English Major

Let’s Get Down to Business

IMG_0110Are you a Business student (or do business classes fit into your major paradigm)? Would you like to have an unforgettable semester in tantalizing Barcelona, Spain?

You can become an exchange student and go to Lasalle University BES for a semester!

Barcelona is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities with a vibrant metropolis and roots that go back to Roman empire days. Students are invited to come stroll the grand boulevards, the historic Bari Gothic alleys, the Mediterranean seaside promenade, and the teeming market places where high fashion,antiques, and funky souvenirs share equal space. Tempt your palates at the many tapas bars and revel in the excitement of the stunning flamenco dance in the evenings. See the world famous art and architecture of Picasso, Dali, Guadi, Miro, and others.

Don’t worry, there will be time for daily “siestas” in between all the enchanting activities!

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- Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

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Daryl Stephens – Florence University of the Arts

“I am currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I live in an apartment with four other students and if you were to walk out of my front door to the left, you’d hit the Arno river; to the right, Piazza della Republica and Florence’s famous Duomo. I take classes three days a week, which leaves plenty of time for me to travel and explore Florence (even though the city is extremely small). So far I’ve been all over Italy and also to France, Monaco, the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Greece. I’m headed to Munich in two weeks, and I might even be planning a trip back to Ireland before I come back home! Although I love traveling and seeing new places, it always feels great when my train or bus comes rolling back into Florence on Sunday nights. I fell in love with this city so quickly, and I know it is a place I want my family to see and experience at some point. I’m headed back to the states in less than four weeks, and I know that it is going to be hard adjusting since there is such a big cultural gap. I know it’s cheesy and every one who studies abroad says it, but I really have grown so much and learned so much more about Italy, America, and just people in general. I have made great friends and learned so much about myself and our own society by meeting other American students going through this same experience. It has been a great journey, and I’d give just about anything to comeback and do it again someday!”

- Daryl Stephens, Junior Psychology Major

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P. Brennen Reynolds – Fudan University

“From the moment I landed in Beijing, I knew this was going to be a fantastic semester. After a week of touring the Great Wall, Tian’anmen Square and The Forbidden City, I flew to Shanghai to begin classes at Fudan University. It’s amazing from both an academic and social perspective! Ranked third in China, Fudan offers numerous classes taught in English about China’s society and economic development. My favorites are Western Culture from an Eastern Perspective and Financial Development in China. In the first couple of months I have made friends from all over the world and planned a trip to Nha Trang, Vietnam with them for the end of April. Everyone should study abroad. This is my second semester abroad and I can honestly say that it is a priceless experience!”

- Peter Brennen Reynolds, Senior Business Administration Major

So What Exactly is the Lasallian Consortium?

Lasallian consortiumThe Lasallian Consortium was designed to continue the over three hundred year old practice of the Christian Brothers to prepare young people for leadership roles in a global society by offering courses that are both academically and culturally enriching through learning and caring for others in the Lasallian tradition.

Starting out as a novice program by offering one-week walking classroom trips to Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain, numerous students and alumni discovered the importance and excitement of not only learning skills but also developing an intercultural perspective.

Christian Brothers University has been a member of the Lasallian International Programs Consortium, allowing students to participate in the multitude of programs offered. The Lasallian International Programs Consortium is a cooperative group composed of the seven United States Lasallian colleges and universities for the purpose of creating and managing high quality educational programs throughout the world for students and faculty of member institutions for semester study abroad opportunities.

In collaboration with Lasallian Consortium, CBU is able to span the globe and include intensive language as well as content courses. Additionally, CBU encourages engaging instruction by promoting living, service, and internship opportunities abroad.

CBU offers Lasallian Consortium Semester Programs in the following locations:

  • Shanghi, China
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sydney Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Rome, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Corboda, Argentina
  • Aix en Provence, France
  • Montpellier, France
  • London, England
  • Oxford, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Alicante, Spain

It’s a wonderful time to be Lasallian, isn’t it?

Click here to view more information about the various programs.

-Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

Travel for a Semester as an Exchange Student this Spring!

Exchange programs are a great way to study abroad for an extended period of time — students are able to soak in all the of the country’s language, food, and culture! One of the greatest things about exchange programs through CBU is that ALL GRANTS, CBU, STATE, AND FEDERAL AID APPLY! Your tuition will be the same as it is at CBU.

Barcelona, Spain Exchange Program – LaSalle University
The capital of Catalonia and one of the main ports on the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a city by the sea and has a perfect climate and a cosmopolitan character. BES Lasalle is known for its practical and innovative education, focused on best business innovation, theory and practice and a delivered through a strong international perspective. Business courses are offered in English.

Bad Gleichingburg, Austria Exchange Program – FH Joanneum
Located in the eastern sector of the Styria Bundesland (state) in Austria, Bad Gleichenberg is in the heart of what is considered the country’s spa region. Bad Gleichenberg has a long tradition as a spa resort and training centre for the tourism and hotel industry, which makes it an ideal location for the FH Joanneum health service courses. 
Business, accounting, hospitality management and tourism courses are offered in English.

Belfast Ireland Exchange Program – St. Mary’s University College
St. Mary’s University College is located in Belfast, Ireland and is an academic community committed to the search for meaning and value in the intellectual life, to academic excellence and to individual attention for students. A wide variety of liberal arts courses are offered. Students must register as part of a normal full time class load.

Value of Study Abroad in the Market Place
RESEARCH SHOWS, IN THIS INCREASINGLY GLOBAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY, THAT STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE GIVES STUDENTS A COMPETITVE EDGE IN JOB SEARCHES AND ENHANCES CAREER ADVANCEMENT!

Business is Bustling in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain 2012The influence Barcelona has on commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, science, and the arts makes it one of the world’s major global cities. With its annual average temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, students have the opportunity to study in one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful coastal cities. Students will enroll at BES LaSalle (Business Engineering School), studying business from a unique international perspective and Spanish at a beginner or higher level. Some students may also register for an online course at CBU. Like all exchange programs at CBU, costs include tuition and fees, airline tickets, room and board. Students from all majors are invited to take advantage of this program.

Study Hospitality and Tourism in the Austrian Countryside

Bad Gleichenberg, Austria 2012Through collaboration with Fh Joanneam in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria, CBU is offering a new concentration within the Business Administration degree program. The Hospitality and Tourism Management concentration educates managers who can organize and implement touristic offers in the hospitality and leisure fields. CBU students who complete the Hospitality and Tourism concentration will spend three months (October-December) studying at the partner university in Bad Gleichenberg which is located in Southern Austria. The village is small and surrounded by beautiful agricultural land, but the metropolitan city of Graz is only a short train ride away.

Courses in this new concentration include:

  • Introduction to Tourism (4 credit hours)
  • Foundation in Hospitality Management (3 credit hours)
  • Event Management (1 credit hour)
  • Applied Project in Tourism (4 credit hours)
  • Practicum/Project in Hospitality Management (3 credit hours).

Other exchanges include St. Mary’s Belfast, Ireland and ECAM in Lyon, France. More information at Study Abroad Exchange Programs.