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July 8, 2013
By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant
Five Northwest Missouri State University students traveled to Europe May 26 through June 15 to gain insight into the way the European Union works and to experience the European culture in the heart of the EU, the Euregion Meuse-Rhine.
The study abroad program, Spirit of Europe, includes several course options for students in the form of lectures, presentations, institutional tours, cultural field trips, assessments and examinations.
The students traveled to Maastricht, Netherlands; Liege, Belgium; and Aachen, Germany. Students were offered additional weekend trips to Paris and Amsterdam that allowed for leisure activities as well as an independent traveling experience.
“Students gained a deep understanding of how the European Union functions not only by the lectures and in classroom instruction, but also by the cultural visits that accompany the classroom learning,” Jeaneth Puriel, Northwest’s study abroad coordinator, said.
The program targets students who want to learn about the intricacies of the EU, its processes and purposes. Students visited EU venues including the European Union Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels.
Business management majors Christi Nance, Marissa Bell and Emma Hulsey, and international business majors Suhong Cai and Zhichao Ye participated in the program.
“Europe is the perfect location to gain more experience concerning business marketing and management,” Hulsey said. “The European Union has many different races, languages and lifestyles, and they are all incredibly accepting and tolerant of each other. This will help me understand people and situations I am presented with in the future.”
Bell said, “The trip really gives you an idea of how distinct other cultures can be. Even when we moved from city to city, just a short distance apart, everything was unique. For example, the language was different, the building types were different, and how friendly people were changed with each place.”
Upon completion of the course, students earned six credit hours. Some of the lecture topics students attended included French for beginners, introduction to the European Union, consumer protections in Europe, innovation in Europe and cross-cultural management.
“Along with this trip, I have had a lot of interview practice, opportunities for leadership positions, as well as several networking opportunities at Northwest,” Hulsey said. “If you seek out these growth and learning prospects, Northwest definitely has them available.”
Offered through Northwest, the program is administered by HEC Management schools, University of Liege (Belgium), Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences (Germany).
For more information about Spirit of Europe and other international business study abroad programs offered at Northwest, click here.
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