Study Abroad: Colt Litkenhus

Colt Litkenhus travels abroad

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 Twenty-three – Colt Litkenhus

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

A - International business and Global Supply chain. Winter of 2018.

Q - Where did you go? 

A - I went to France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium. I went to Germany Belgium and Netherlands for the actual program, though.

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

A - I took a business and technology course. I received 6 hours for it.

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

A - Magellan Exchange, Spirit of Europe

Q - How long did you study abroad?  

A - 3 weeks and travelled by myself for an additional 3.

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A - I love adventure and I also added a double major to international Business and it is required. But I signed up for the program before adding the double major.

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

A - It was business related and with the help of Dr. Carnes.

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

A - European political system, the views the rest of the world has of America, European education system.

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

A - Favorite thing was connecting with people all around the world. Worst part was having to deal with my fellow students complain about all the differences instead of adapting.

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

A - You have to adapt and engulf the culture that surrounds you no matter how different it is or you won’t have a good time or get along with anyone.

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

A - Yes because in order to be successful in the global market you have to understand how the world works.

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

A - Study abroad office or Dr. Carnes

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

A - Embrace and adapt. Suck it up and don’t be the ugly American.

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 - Met with companies over in Europe who offer internships and also Jobs. Studing abroad opened my horizon to what other options I had.

Photos from Colt Litkenhus' Study Abroad experience...

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

Find out more about International Business. Contact Dr. Weiling Zhuang, Chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business via phone at 859-622-1377 or by email at

Published on September 25, 2017