Study Abroad: Shelby Fain

Shelby Fain sitting on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland

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 Sixteen – Shelby Fain

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

A - I am a double major in Accounting and RMI (Risk Management and Insurance). My graduation date is December 2016.

Q - Where did you go? 

A - My trip was to Dublin, Ireland with excursions to several counties including Galway, Wicklow, and Kerry. We also traveled to Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom separate from the Republic of Ireland.

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

A - I took two courses, Irish History and World Media Systems, for academic credit.

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

A - I studied through the Knowledge Exchange Institute.

Q - How long did you study abroad?  

A - 30 days. From June 3 to July 3.

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A - Initially, I decided to study abroad because I needed six credits over the summer to graduate in December (instead of the following May) after I added RMI as a second major. Being a senior, I knew this would be my last (and only) opportunity to study abroad, so I decided to go for it.    

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

A - Ireland has always been at the top of my list of travel destinations. Being a business major, I also looked for the program with the most benefits for the program price. The program from KEI was, for me, the best bang for my buck.

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

A - I learned a massive amount while studying abroad in Ireland. One thing I learned was to say yes to (almost) everything because the best experiences come in the unexpected. I also learned to question the status quo. The different perspectives I saw while abroad made me realize that the ways we’ve been taught from an early age are not set in stone and sometimes need to be questioned. Perhaps the most important thing I learned while abroad was the ability to adapt. Several times our schedule changed and days didn’t go according to plan, but having the ability to adapt to different surroundings made the trip that much more adventurous.    

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

A - It’s difficult to pick a favorite part of studying in Ireland because it was all so lovely, but the best part was the friendships I developed with my classmates and interacting with wonderful Irish people. Honestly, my least favorite part was when I had to leave.

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

A - Studying abroad is one of the most mind opening experiences. Being open-minded and flexible is imperative to success in all aspects of life, personal and professional.

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

A - Absolutely! Study abroad was the best experience of my life. You’ll never get a better opportunity to travel than while in college.

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

A - ​Contact Jennifer White ( or go to the EKU study abroad website ( and check out programs available.

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

A - Jump into the culture as soon as you land and embrace their way of life. Take advantage of the short time you have to explore a world completely different from your 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 - Through my study abroad professors, I have gained contacts in different industries than my own. Also, adding my study abroad experience to my resume is a great conversation starter because everyone is interested in travel in some capacity.

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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

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

Published on October 26, 2016