CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The opportunity to earn credit towards a College of Business (COB) degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi while experiencing the culture of another country is why Dr. John Gamble, COB Dean, hosted an information session on the College of Business Study Abroad Programs. The session, held Oct. 26, was well attended and an additional information session will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29.
“The study abroad programs broaden student’s horizons,” said Gamble. “They get to experience international settings, and as more companies have international aspirations, I believe it is important for our students to be prepared for jobs in those types of companies.”
The College of Business at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has had a successful exchange program with the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany since 2014. The University of Applied Sciences has over 140 partner schools from countries in Europe, South America, and Asia/Pacific and several states in the U.S. Classes are taught in English.
The Germany program is popular with Islander COB students not only for the knowledge gained in the classroom, but also for the ease of travel around Europe.
“I was able to travel to 17 countries,” said Garrett Ransom, former COB Study Abroad student. “I noticed my growth – not just in the classroom – but in my personal life as well, and I would recommend it to anybody.”
Recently added semester-abroad programs include the University College of Financial Studies (CUNEF) in Madrid, Spain; Montpellier Business School in Montpellier, France and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico. The program in Querétaro, a thriving business city, also offers COB students the opportunity to earn university credit while participating in a summer internship at an international company, a local business or a not for profit organization.
Citlalin Sanoteli, a junior finance student at the Island University, attended the information session and says she likes the idea of traveling while getting an education. She said she’s planning to apply for either the program in Germany or Mexico.
In addition to the semester-long opportunities, the College of Business offers a shorter, two-week program in China in partnership with the Mays Business School at Texas A&M-College Station.
Alexandria McKee, another former COB Study Abroad student, says her experience abroad helped her understand a different mindset and how businesses are run in China. She said gaining that insight is valuable, considering China’s position in the global economy.
Other students at the information session said they were encouraged by the number of scholarships and financial assistance available to them – making the opportunity financially accessible.Joachim Mayer, the Director of the International Center at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany will be on campus for an additional Study Abroad Information session at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the O’Connor Building, room 135.