Study Abroad: Shangxuan Zeng

Shangxuan Zeng

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-four – Shangxuan Zeng

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

A -  My major is finance. Expected graduation date is May 2020.

Q - Where did you go? 

A - Yamanashi University, Japan.

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

A - Yes.

Q - How long did you study abroad?  

A - 1 year.

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A - I decided to study abroad for a couple of reasons: learning foreign language and culture. Also it can improve my diffuse skills, studying abroad is really sociable, you make friends with different people in different regions.

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

A - Because I am interested in Japanese culture and Dr. Christopher Rich recommended this program to me.

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

A - The most important thing I learned while studying abroad was to grow independently in a city where I didn't know one person. By being independent, I can open myself up to so many opportunities I may not have had before.

Making friends also is very important no matter where you go, because nobody wants to be alone all the time, also it added so much to my experience. They were an invaluable resource for me to practice Japanese, ask questions about the culture and learn about cool spots around the city.

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

A - My favorite part is being able to visit Japanese cities with very traditional cultures such as Kyoto. My least favorite part is my location of the university, daily transportation is not convenient. For example, from my dormitory to the campus was about 30 minutes.

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

A - I learned to think critically and overthrow previous stereotype in observation through daily life. Also learned to stand on my own two feet, learned to live and study independently.

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

A - Yes I would because this program helped me a lot. This program has not only introduced me into Japanese culture, but also studied business courses.

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

A - Study abroad office or professors in languages department.

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

A - You have got to communicate and make friends if you want to make your study abroad experience better.

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 - Since I am planning to work in a foreign company, I believe being bilingual will gain advantages in my career. I have not yet met potential employers.

Photos from Shangxuan Zeng's 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 October 03, 2017