SMU’s Study Abroad Program offers a chance to learn about markets and cultures in different countries with yearlong, semester, or summer programs at locations around the globe. Markets and Culture majors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad. SMU students have the opportunity to study in Mexico, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Egypt, South Africa, India, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia. Many courses taught in these programs can satisfy Markets and Culture elective requirements.
Class of 2007
Contemporary Markets and Culture has proved to be so important; by experiencing Australia first-hand, I am constantly reminded of all the challenges it faces as an isolated nation.
Class of 2008
During my time in Spain I learned how to adapt to situations that I may or may not be comfortable in. It really brought to my attention the necessity of cultural sensitivity as I graduate and enter the global work force. I hope to partake in international business and I am positive that my extended stay in Spain enhanced both my career goals as well as my studies in Markets and Culture. For all this, Spain holds a very special place in my heart and I wish that every student would study abroad to have an experience as positive as mine.
|Sulaiman Mohammad Niazi, |
Class of 2008
My study abroad experience in Copenhagen, Denmark was excellent. I was living in an apartment in the heart of the city with a young Dane my age who worked on a cruise line. Over the course of my four months there, my whole view of Europe changed. The program I was a part of is called "Doing Business in the European Union." While we lived in Copenhagen, our focus was the continent of Europe, not just Denmark. We had study tours that took us to different parts of Europe where we visited different companies and banks and then studied them back in our class rooms. I chose Prague, Berlin and Western Denmark for my study tours. My experience was phenomenal. Now when I look back and reflect, I don't think anything interlocks better with a Markets and Culture degree than a semester abroad. I have truly broadened my understanding of the markets around the world after studying those in the countries of the European Union. It is a semester of serious learning and growth and I highly recommend it to everyone.
|Ryan Taylor Moore,|
Class of 2009
For me studying abroad was all about absorbing other cultures. Often times living in the US we can be ethnocentric, and consider other countries cultural norms as taboo. So I approached my trip to Southeast Asia and Australia with an open mind and tried to stay clear of preconceived notions. This was very helpful for me when I was in Japan, China, Vietnam and Malaysia because many things that I would be shocked to see here were commonalities there. So how does this tie in to Markets and Culture? In my Market and Culture classes so far we have learned about the expanding "global village" and the cultural norms which drive various business related decisions. By studying abroad I not only gathered an invaluable perspective on the cultural factors influencing global business, but I also redefined the way I think about myself, America and the way we all fit into the global village.