CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 27, 2016 – Over winter break, 27 students and four professors from Southeast Missouri State University experienced global culture firsthand during a two-week study abroad trip in Europe.
This group began in London, England, and then spent the rest of their time in Italy visiting major cities like Venice, Florence, Rome and Pisa. Students were able to take the class for credit in either international business or transcultural experience.
The Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the British Museum are just a few of the places the group visited while in England. In Italy, they were able to see the Doge’s Palace and San Marco in Venice, the Uffiza Gallery Museum and the statue of David in Florence, the Colosseum, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain in Rome and Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City.
Senior Abby Carrigan, public relations major from Rochester, Illinois, says the trip was amazing and studying abroad is life changing. She said she found out a lot about herself as well as the countries she visited.
“I learned a lot about European cultures and how they are different from American culture,” Carrigan said.
Dr. Peter Gordon, professor of marketing and director of international business programs, and Dr. Willie Redmond, professor of economics, led the trip. Gordon has taken students overseas for academic programs since 1990, during which time more than 100 short-term programs have been offered.
Gordon says there’s an opportunity for students to gain a global perspective and develop a greater respect for other cultures by studying abroad. He says he hopes trips like these inspire students to spend an entire semester abroad. Costs for these semester-long programs are about the same as a semester in Cape Girardeau, he said.
“Many students come to realize there is a big, exciting world outside of Missouri, or the USA,” Gordon said.
He adds that studying abroad allows students to build their resume and can help them in the global job market. He says many businesses are international and are looking to hire people who have experience in different cultures.
“It was a chance for me to step outside of my comfort zone and meet new people as well as create new experiences,” Carrigan said.