International Study Opportunities in the Richards College of Business
The Richards College of Business offers a concentration in International Studies
We offer both a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Economic Affairs, and an International Business Certificate. For more information on either program, please follow the program links.
The Bachelor of Arts is offered through the Department of Economics.
Contact the Department of Economics for further information.
The Certificate in International Business is offered through the College of Business.
Contact the Richards College of Business Dean's Office for further information.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”- Mark Twain. This quote is one of the key reasons I decided to pack my bags and study abroad. I wanted to accept the challenge of going to a place where I did not know the language, where food is art, and you can get lost in history. I discovered I love French wine, having a problem while you are traveling make the best stories later, and that by removing yourself from your influences you allow yourself to be confident in knowing who you are and what you want in life. Travel is unique to each person, always teaching you something new, giving you magnificent stories to share, and allowing you to see the beauty of our world." - Ethan Brown
"I studied abroad in London in June with Richards College. I had never been off US soil and I had the time of my life immersing myself in the British culture and experiencing a new way of life on the other side of the world. I found it very enlightening to hear and see the culture of the people who had so much to do with the creation of my own nation. The most enjoyable part of my trip was my visit to the Portobello Market in Notting Hill- I saw some of the most intriguing street market vendors selling things from things from World War gear to mink coats and leather goods. I recommend all students take advantage of studying abroad through the university, there's nothing quite like spending time in a new country with fellow students."- Zeb Ott
At the beginning of our adventure, I had what I consider a stereotypical mindset of the Vietnamese people. I expected the Vietnamese people to be fairly traditional and culturally oriented. But soon after our arrival, my perceptions were challenged and my view expanded.
In Vietnam, I saw generations of families running businesses together and taking care of the elderly. The people of Vietnam have a very kind disposition and they extend that to everyone they meet, but I was unsure how I would be received as an American. Would they accept me into their culture? To my surprise, I was not only accepted, I also felt warmly embraced by everyone I met. I had feared that since I am disabled, I may be looked at differently. But I was wrong.
Not one time was I looked at differently, and I never got asked why I was walking with a cane. They seemed blind to it as I walked around the cities. My fear, as I’m now aware, was unjustified, for the people of Vietnam truly have a respectful mindset for those around them. I felt completely comfortable walking the city streets by myself or in a group. I was also surprised by how many people spoke conversational English and how easy it was to communicate with different people.
I knew from my travels and experiences around the world that I needed to keep an open mind about the local culture and people. That open mindedness, I believe, helped me better understand the Vietnamese culture, as well as help them understand me. There is now no doubt in my heart that one day I will return to Vietnam to immerse myself in their culture and continue to learn about the amazing Vietnamese people.