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

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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

Student Standpoint: Traveling Testimonials

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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