AU students experience international business and culture

Wed, 2012-10-17 08:00 -- univcomm
October 17, 2012

The International Business Institute (IBI) is a program that is integrated with the global business major. Anderson University students Liz Cox and Ian Illig were two of 40 students who, through the IBI, had the opportunity to travel this summer to more than 13 countries, while learning about cultures and business.

“I chose to go on this program because I was deeply curious about how the rest of the world handles familiar concepts like business, family, religion, love, ethics, architecture, and transportation. I wanted to relate to more people in a more real way,” said Illig, a senior marketing major.

The program is a faith-based study abroad program focusing on corporate visits, classes, and travel. The program allows groups of students from a variety of colleges to travel to companies, while also allowing them to earn credits toward graduation.

[Photo: Ian Illig and Liz Cox pose in front of St. Basil's Cathedral while traveling to 12 different countries through the International Business Institute.]

“We visited the US Embassy in Lithuania, KPMG (Big 4 Accounting Firm) in Moscow, John Deere in Germany, OECD in Paris, L&T in India, and GM in China, to name a few,” said Cox, who graduated in May.

The group of students chosen to participate this summer were from 10 different colleges. They were granted the opportunity to travel for 10 weeks, taking a total of 12 credit hours and studying international economics and business. Along with visiting different companies and learning about business, students were also able to travel to different tourist spots.

“I traveled on 11 planes, one sleeper train, one cruise ship, and countless hours in a coach to visit 11 European countries and two Asian countries,” said Illig. “My highlight of the program was cheering alongside passionate German fans for their team in the Euro Cup and attempting to match their enthusiasm.”

Through this study program, students were not only educated on business but also on people in different countries and how to better work with them.

“This program is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I believe that if the student is eager to explore the world and is adventurous, they should definitely be a part of IBI,” said Cox. “Traveling with 39 other students who share the same passions and beliefs as you is a wonderful way to get to understand the world and discover things about yourself.”

Illig strongly believes that the hands-on experience of international learning far exceeds the facts and lessons found in a textbook.

“No other study abroad program presents the level of international exposure, business networking, and course credit that IBI offers. I would strongly encourage any business students with an interest in travel to consider applying,” said Illig.

— Leah Streeval is a junior from Edinburgh, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in entrepreneurship. Streeval is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.