Students to study at world’s top business schools
By Peggy Binette, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-7704
Steven Kanczewski had studied abroad before as a freshman in Spain. But studying at one of South America’s top business schools was a different experience for the international business student.
“This was more than a cultural experience. It was the most challenging academic experience of my life,” said Kanczewski, who studied at the Universidad de Chile last year as a junior, taking finance and marketing in Spanish.
“I was the only foreigner in those classes, studying alongside 40 to 50 Chileans. Finance was the most difficult because it had more math and technical terminology.”
Adding to his immersion experience, he lived with a host family who only spoke Spanish and was hired by the university to translate its publications into English.
Beginning next spring, juniors in the international business program at the Darla Moore School of Business will have similar experiences to Kanczewski by spending the semester studying at the world’s top business schools.
Study abroad has always been part of the Moore School’s top ranked international business program. Now, through 35 newly established global partnership exchange agreements, the Moore School will send roughly 120 students to the premiere business schools in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America and teach nearly the same number of students from those universities at the University of South Carolina.
Kirstin Jurgensen, an international business and economics major in the German track, will be among the first students in the global exchange. She and her counterparts are spending the month of April researching the schools and prioritizing their selections for applications, which are due May 1.
“It’s a little overwhelming. I’m nervous and excited to learn about these schools. My Dad is German, and I’m pretty proficient at speaking German. I may look at Vienna. The University of Mannheim is in the top of the group. France and Italy are also interesting,” said Jurgensen who this summer will travel with Moore Students to Tanzania to learn about economic micro-financing.
Like Kanczewski, Robert Clemons, an international business and finance major in the Spanish track, is looking at business schools in South America.
“I’m looking at schools for Spanish and finance. It’s daunting at the moment, but I realize I have options. I’ve always thought about Spain, but Chile looks interesting and so does Argentina. There is more language required in South America,” Clemons said.
The Moore School’s new global exchange for international business is intended to give students an academically rigorous experience, a broader understanding of business around the world, an opportunity to develop language skills and network with peers and business leaders in a country and region.
“Our students will be challenged,” said Kendall Roth, senior associate dean for international programs and partnerships. “They are competing to be the top in the world, and this will provide a new dimension of intellectual intensity. It also will bring future business leaders from around the world to South Carolina to experience the Moore School and the graciousness and ambience of our state.”
International business professor Randy Folks has worked with Roth and Moore School staff in the International Activities Office and undergraduate division as well as the university’s Study Abroad Office to organize the partnerships. Moore school advisers traveled to each of the partner schools to coordinate curriculum, communication and services.
He says students will be matched with the partner universities based on applications, which include academic performance, language progress and a series of essays that explore personal and career goals based on the universities requested.
All international business students are required to have a second business major and advanced language training in either Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
Kanczewski says he knows Moore School students will benefit from the new study abroad partnerships.
“My diverse experiences enhanced my internship and graduate school applications. They helped me secure an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Charlotte this summer and get in to Wake Forest, where I’m pursuing a master’s in accounting this fall. Wake has the No. 1 pass rate for the CPA exam,” he says. “Moore School students will benefit from these exchanges, and if you can establish yourself as a top performer here at Carolina, then the opportunities after graduation are endless.”
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