Class of 2014
International Business and Chinese student Landry Harlan spent the Spring of 2012 in Kunming with SIT Study Abroad China. Landry chose to go abroad to fulfill requirements for his major and improve his language skills in the process.
"I had honed my language skills through seven weeks of a small intensive class in Kunming," he said. "By the end of the program, my fear of communicating with my mediocre Chinese was gone and I had the confidence to purchase train tickets, conduct an interview, and even to write an independent research paper in Shanghai about advertising in China... Experiential learning is the only way to gain knowledge and understanding of our diverse world. The adventures and people I met while studying abroad in China taught me this and so much more."
All students majoring in International Business and Language (IBL) are required to study abroad. This is so students can not only increase their fluency in the language, but also gain an understanding of how to do business overseas. Landry even expressed an interest in writing a thesis on one of the topics he researched abroad.
To be successful in business abroad, one needs more than just the skills and knowledge acquired from formal classes. An understanding of the culture is key. With study abroad, students have the opportunity to be fully immersed in another culture. This experience gives students a leg up in the business world. Plus, exploring a new culture is what makes study abroad so fun. Landry had the opportunity to ride a bike through the rice fields of the rural village of Shaxi and play bongos at an open mic in a bar in Dali. You never know where your study abroad adventure will lead you.