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UHV students study international business up close in London

By From News Release
Aug. 28, 2010 at 3:28 a.m.

University of Houston-Victoria international business students Liuan Yang, left, Kristen Lindley, Carolyn Sanders and Danielle Stewart stand outside of what was their home for a month this summer at Queen Mary College's Mile End campus in London.

About the programThe British Studies program runs in cooperation with Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and is held each summer. Students interested in participating next year can contact Magen Besancon at besanconm@uhv.edu or 361-570-4185. An information session for summer 2011 will be scheduled later this fall.

In addition to British Studies, UHV also offers Spanish-language programs in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Granada, Spain that students can begin any time and can attend from two weeks to a full semester.

Four University of Houston-Victoria students spent four weeks of their summer for an international business course in London.

Master of Business Administration students Kristen Lindley, Carolyn Sanders, Danielle Stewart and Liuan Yang returned earlier this month after observing business practices around England's capital city.

The study program is part of a growing number of international study offerings at UHV, which now has nine courses in London and two in other countries, said Magen Besancon, international student services coordinator in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Lindley decided to take the course to earn three hours of credit to learn how businesses operate in another part of the world.

"The London trip was fantastic," she said. "Even if I didn't get to do all of the stuff I wanted to do in my free time - like travel and visit museums - this would still have been worth my time and money."

Besancon said the students visited executives and sites that deal with all aspects of international business - a Coca-Cola UK marketing executive, an International Accounting Standards Board official, a medical company startup entrepreneur, a businessman who specializes in exporting and outsourcing to the Far East and more.

The quartet also visited the City of London's Economic Development Center.

"They talked about what they are doing to help keep London a strong financial hub for the world," Lindley said.

Sanders said traveling internationally exposes students to far more than they can get in the classroom or from behind a computer terminal.

"It doesn't compare to an online course because you experience all of the history of the place, and you get to go into these companies and explore them and hear about their traditions firsthand," she said.

Sanders has worked in the oil industry and knows global experiences will be good for her résumé.

Sanders said the visit to insurance giant Lloyd's of London was her favorite spot.

"It was so impressive with its busy trading floor, and it made me feel there was so much going on there," she said. "It made me just want to get into it because all the action was there."

Stewart said the trip opened up the world to her.

"It felt like they crammed a year's worth of knowledge into the month," she said.

Stewart also enjoyed Lloyds of London, but said the students also got an inside look into the world's most storied tennis location - Wimbledon.

"We toured the grounds and got to meet with the financial officer," she said. "It is very interesting the way they brand themselves."

Yang agreed that the trip was a worthwhile experience.

"The study in London gave me a great look into international business and management," Yang said. "It gave me the opportunity to learn about different kinds of business and customers around the world. I would recommend anyone consider this program."

Most UHV study abroad international study courses are for undergraduates, but select ones are offered at the graduate level, Besancon said.

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