Study Abroad: Alex Klingel

Alex Klingel at Selfie Point

Students in the College of Business and Technology (CBT) are taking advantage of Eastern Kentucky University’s study abroad programs. CBT students are studying abroad through a variety of affiliates and exchange programs.

Following is the next in the Study Abroad Series aimed at sharing students’ life-changing experiences studying abroad through EKU. 

Study Abroad Series: Part Eighteen – Alex Klingel

Q -  What is your major? When is your expected graduation date?

A - I am an International Business major set to graduate in May 2017

Q - Where did you go? 

A - Schmalkalden, Germany

Q - Did you take a course and earn academic credit that transferred back to EKU?

A - Yes.

Q – What study abroad organization was your trip through? (Magellan Exchange, CCSA, KIIS, etc)

A - Magellan Exchange

Q - How long did you study abroad?  

A - My program was about three weeks in length but I did some traveling on my own for another month.

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A - As an International Business student, studying abroad is a great opportunity to become acquainted with different cultures and integrate into the global community. Studying abroad is also required by the major, but I love to travel so it was a welcome requirement.

Q - How did you decide to go to that particular location?

A - Former classmates and professors gave glowing reviews of my program. Germany was also a destination that I wanted to visit so Schmalkalden was the perfect fit.

Q - What were three of the most important things you learned from your experience studying abroad?

A - People are the most important thing and we aren’t terribly different from one another.

You don’t need friends/family to travel with or thousands of dollars to travel on. No matter what it is, you will find a way to make it happen.

Trains are an efficient way to travel that should be developed more in the US.

Q - What was your favorite and least favorite part of your abroad experience?

A -The best part of my experience abroad were all the people I got to meet and all the new friends I made from all over the world. The beer was good too.

The worst part was that it had to come to an end and I had to say goodbye to everyone that I had become close to during that trip.

Q - What did you gain from studying abroad that has changed you as a person and professional?

A - I gained friends, experiences, confidence, and weight.

Q - Would you recommend that other College of Business and Technology students study abroad? Why or why not?

A - Absolutely! Studying abroad is a ton of fun and a great way to challenge and improve yourself academically, professionally, and personally. It will also make all of your friends jealous.

Q - Who do students contact if they are interested in studying abroad? 

A - ‚ÄčI was helped along the way by Jennifer White and Katie Samuel in the Study Abroad Office. The Department Chair, Dr. Carnes was also very helpful. Students should also reach out to other students that have previously studied abroad for guidance.

Q - What advice would you give to College of Business and Technology students before they study abroad?

A - I would advise student to dissociate themselves from their current culture while overseas. Research a bit about the culture that you’re going to visit. Learn some basic customs, behaviors, and sayings. Embracing the new culture before you go will make you feel more comfortable and excited about going, and it will open you up to get the most out of the trip as possible.

Q - Since you have not graduated, how is your study abroad experience helping you with your job search?  How has it helped you network with potential employers?

A - Study abroad experiences are obviously marketable, but I’ve found that it is often an ice breaker and an easy conversation topic with people. Chances are that the person you’re talking with has either been to that country, knows someone who has been to that country, or wants to know what that country is like. It makes for easier connections with people, and connecting on a personal level leads to longer and more impactful relationships.

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Find out more about Study Abroad:

Students interested in studying abroad may contact Jennifer White in the Education Abroad Office in the Keith Building, Room 129, to discuss all the program options. Jennifer can be contacted via phone at 859-622-1705 or by email at ekuabroad@eku.edu.

Find out more about International Business. Contact Dr. Lana Carnes, Chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business via phone at 859-622-1377 or by email at lana.carnes@eku.edu.

Published on October 31, 2016