Study Abroad: Stephanie Terry

In front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

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 Two – Stephanie Terry

Q - What is your major? Are you currently a junior or senior, and when is your expected graduation date?

A – I’m a business major with a concentration in international business. I am a senior and expect to graduate in May 2015.

Question - Where did you go?

A – I went to Schmalkalden, Germany.

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

A - I took 6 hours and earned credit for them.

Q - Was your experience through the Magellan Exchange – or some other study abroad program?

A – It was through Magellan Exchange.

Q - How long did you study abroad? 

A - 20 days, June 1-20

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A – When I chose international business as my concentration. I did it because study abroad was one of the requirements.  

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

A – Cost is always an important factor when considering study abroad my program gave me a great experience for a small price. 

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

  • Being sociable is a key factor when studying abroad.
  • Adapting to their society and cultural norms will make your stay more enjoyable.
  • It made me realize they’re another world outside of the U.S. and studying abroad makes you want to explore every inch of it!

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

A - Ahh.. That is a tough one! My favorite was the adventure. Not only did I learn about new things I also got to experience them. My least favorite part was having complications with plug in adapters! 

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

A – I learned not to fear the unknown but embrace it for all it has to offer. It made me set my goals higher and encouraged me to learn new languages.

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

A – Absolutely yes-do it! I can honestly say this was the best experience I have had throughout my college career. You will make professional connections which are very important in the business world as well as lifelong friendships.

Question – Who do students contact if they are interested in studying abroad?

A – They should contact Jennifer White in the study abroad office as well as Dr. Carnes to help with course selection and approval.

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

A - Get conversational in the language. The natives will appreciate it and so will you. Don’t be afraid to interact with the locals. They may see you as an outsider, but once you learn to adapted to their culture they will accept you as one of their own!

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 - I have not graduated. However, I work for Toyota; and having study abroad on my resume helped. I still remain in contact with people I met in Germany in hopes of perhaps getting into a master’s program abroad for International Business after I graduate.

More photos from Stephanie Terry's Study Abroad experience...

Find out more about Study Abroad:

Students interested in studying abroad may contact Jennifer White at the Study Abroad Office in the Whitlock Building, Room 455, 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 the International Business major. 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 07, 2014