The 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.
Through 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.
Albert Furnells Ribas is a member of the soccer team here at CBU from Barcelona, Spain. In order to get to know about him and his native country, we asked him a few questions about his home town and his stay here in America. This is what he had to say…
Q: What is the biggest difference between Memphis and Barcelona?
A: Memphis is a smaller town and Barcelona is a big city!
Q:What is your favorite thing to do while you are in Memphis? Barcelona?
A: In Memphis, hanging out with the friends I have made here. When I am in Barcelona I love to eat!
Q:What Spanish food should Americans traveling to Barcelona try?
A: We have so much food to choose from, but the most popular are tortilla de patatas, jamón serrano y tapas.
Q: What would you tell students who are thinking about studying abroad?
A: Enjoy yourself in Barcelona because there are so many things to do there like eating great food and experiencing the night life!
Q: What is your favorite thing about America?
A: Everything here is BIG!
Students in Rome, Spring Break 2012 were: Robert O’Ryan, Emily Fletchas, Cathy Thorne, Kenny Hooks, K.J. Grover, Alex Grover, Brandon Lutts, Bentley Smith, Dana Pabalate, Shazzade Dobbins (not pictured), and Maurice Mondie (not pictured). The Trevi Fountain is where everyone gathered, as tradition has it, to throw a coin over their shoulder to be assured that they would return to Rome.
“Considering this is my first trip outside of the country, it was an amazing experience. The city of Rome was truly spectacular, and the experience itself is one I’ll never forget.” Bentley Smith
“I loved spending my Spring Break in Rome! I got to see amazing things and made some awesome new friends! I think everyone should study abroad at least once in college.” Emily Fletchas
“An important part of the class, Sustainable Economics, taught by Professor Papachristou, was our trip to Rome. It was enlightening to see the priorities and age-old practices of another culture, as well as their use of modern sustainable technology, such as solar energy. Each day was used to its fullest, and it was a privilege staying at the Lasallian World Headquarters.” -Robert O’Ryan
Gary B. Tooley is an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Studies Program here at CBU. He and his wife recently took a ten-day medical/dental mission trip to Jamaica. This trip is done annually through Rotary International and is sponsored by two churches. Professor Tooley and his wife will be journeying again in May to Guatemala for another mission trip through Island Community Church in Memphis.
Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald is the director of the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program and travels to Brazil every year to help recruit new students, teachers, and meet with current faculty and participants.
This program has given her the opportunity to travel all around Brazil. Dr. Fitzgerald spends most of her time in Brazil working with the MHIRT program, but when she does have free time, the island of San Catarina is where she loves to sand dune surf and enjoy the wild beaches Brazil has to offer.
She has also experienced the metropolitan life in Brazilian cities like Rio and many others. She says “…Each city is different and has it’s own charm.” But no matter where you go, her advice is to explore the country and all that the culture has to offer. Dr. Fitzgerald will be traveling back to Brazil again this summer.
Dr. Paul Haught and Dr. Emily Holmes traveled to Slovenia where they made a professional presentation. Dr. Rick Potts and his wife enjoyed a fabulous Mediterranean cruise that included Turkey and Greece. Dr. Frank Buscher attended a Lasallian presidents’ international meeting in Manila in the Philippines that included a visit to Hong Kong.