Studying Abroad in Business

by Sam Young, marketing intern & junior marketing major, Mike Cottrell College of Business

Going on a study abroad can be beneficial in more ways than one. There are so many offered by the school that sometimes it can get overwhelming. We have compiled a few that are business major-centered to help you figure out which one would be the best fit for you!

  1. Get the London Look

Looking to explore a new country for a short amount of time? Why don’t you look at our London Experience program! It is a way to open your eyes to international business experience, tour a different country, and earn academic credit. It is offered during the entire week of UNG’s spring break so it does not clash with any time in class throughout your spring semester. From Lloyd’s of London to the Westminster Abbey, you’ll be able to see all parts of London and everything it has to offer.

  1. Living in Olive Garden

Ever wanted endless pasta from an authentic Italian restaurant? Well look no further than the Business & Culture in Italy trip! This experience will help you learn about the Italian culture and give you the opportunity to attend different tours of Italian-based companies. You’ll be able to enjoy Rome and take a couple of classes over the course of five weeks during the summer. This is an experience of a lifetime that you will not want to miss.

  1. Interning Abroad

While there is big study abroad trips offered by the school, there are other routes that students can take. International Internships are a great way to gain experience in the business world and immerse you in a new culture. Students in the past have interned in places like Germany for UPS, Porsche, ITMS Marketing to gain knowledge about what it’s like to work internationally. Business students that are interested can go to the Center for the Future of North Georgia to learn more about past experiences and how UNG can help you get to where you want to go. Participating in experiences like these benefit your future business career and open up opportunities for living abroad after college.

Want to learn more about any of these trips? Visit our website for more information on how you can fly right into an experience of a lifetime.

Study Abroad and You

by Sam Young, marketing intern & junior marketing major, Mike Cottrell College of Business

I once read somewhere that traveling is good for the soul. Now I don’t know if it was a wise philosopher or the punch line on a Laffy Taffy wrapper, but I think that it is true regardless. Whether near or far, it is good to leave your comfort zone and explore the world around you. Traveling to different countries opens ourselves up to new experiences, develops an understanding and appreciation for other cultures, and gives us glimpse at what the world has to offer. UNG helps you gain these travel opportunities through study abroad programs offered at the school. With all of the programs they have to offer, from Peru to China, there is one for every student. Here are five benefits to studying abroad.

  1. Developing a Foreign Language

Ever wanted to learn a new language? Well going through a study abroad can help you be fluent in no time. Being in a foreign country could possibly mean being surrounded by people that don’t speak your language. You have to quickly adapt to this and learn their lingo if you are going to even find a public bathroom. It forces you to constantly be practicing in this new language and immersing yourself in a way that cannot be facilitated in a classroom. Doing this will ultimately lead you to being more proficient in conversational abilities in that language and using the language successfully in the future.

  1. Spice up Your Resume

Looking for something that will expand your resume? A study abroad could do just the trick. Participating in study abroad programs, especially for people looking into international work, can help you get the job. By going into programs that are in the area you wish to live in, you will not only gain about the country, but you will show future employers that you have a passion for the area and want to continue developing yourself through that culture. There are even programs like the London Experience that let you tour offices and companies could help you gain the upper hand in an interview.

  1. Traveling

A lot of people have an itch to travel outside of the country, and study abroad programs can satisfy them. You will have time throughout your stay to travel in or outside of the country that you are in. Programs like the five week business and culture in Italy study abroad will give you the chance to travel all around the country. This will give you the opportunity to see new sights and gives you experiences that you wouldn’t have if you didn’t participate in the study abroad program.

  1. Taking a Class

You can have your cake and eat it too. While doing all of this exciting travel, you will also be taking a classes. You will get the opportunity to be in a foreign country all while continuing to work on your degree. This will help you stay on track and immerse yourself in a new environment where you will learn more than what is to offer in the classroom. Being on a study abroad will help you learn in more ways than one and that is essential for navigating your future endeavors.

  1. Personal Growth

Living in a different country, even if for a week, can be intimidating. It’s a whole new environment with obstacles that you will have to navigate through to be comfortable. This will help you to develop self-awareness and confidence that you may not have had if you did not participate in a study abroad. Being a part of a whole new world can be satisfying and enriching for yourself through your education and in your personal growth.

Want to learn about our study abroad programs for business students? Visit our study abroad page for more information on how to start your journey today.

25 students visit London for the trip of a lifetime

By Kylie Gibbs, marketing intern, Mike Cottrell College of Business

While most students headed down to the beach or back home for spring break, 25 Mike Cottrell College of  Business students were beginning the trip of a lifetime through the College’s annual London Experience international study abroad program. On March 11th the group boarded a plane for an overnight flight to London’s Heathrow airport and when they landed the morning of March 12th they hit the ground running. With an itinerary filled with visits to amazing companies, tourist attractions and free time, there was never a shortage of things to do on the London Experience. The students visited Lloyd’s of London, a Jaguar factory, Coca-Cola London, Newell Rubbermaid and Cisco Systems Inc. During these daily visits, the students were able to network with top professionals and engage in presentations truly seeing international business in action. London was just named the financial capital of the world and many U.S.-based businesses have offices overseas, making it the perfect place for our Mike Cottrell College of Business students to visit.

In their free time, students visited the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Stonehenge, Stratford upon Avon and more. They even enjoyed a few musicals, including the Lion King and Wicked. Student Katelyn Matthews, a self-proclaimed history fanatic, loved the opportunity to see sites that she had only read about in books. Said Katelyn, “My favorite site was Big Ben. I saw it almost every day and pictures do not do it justice. It is a spectacular site.” The culture of London is rich and deep, making it one of the most diverse places in the world.

Students raised their own funds for the trip, but scholarships through the school were made available to help cover costs. Katherine Guzman said with the support of her family and scholarships through the Mike Cottrell College of Business and Center for Global Engagement, she was able to study abroad, “When I learned about the opportunity of traveling to London, I couldn’t resist the opportunity since I was graduating this semester. I immediately found ways to fund my trip and to make my dream come true.” The price of the trip included airfare, hotel, continental English Breakfast each day, a seven day pass on the Underground, admission to all the attractions and bus transportation.

So why should students go on the London Experience? Associate dean of students Katie Simmons says, “Students should go because it is a great way to get started on an international experience. London has an extremely diverse population and is accessible with a great transportation system. It is different, but still familiar as English (with some variations) as it is the local language.  Students get to experience one of the world’s great cities.”

When asked to give advice for students wishing to go on the London trip next year, Stephen Galloway said, “The best piece of advice I can offer is to tell students to go. The trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You will never have the chance to hang out with other students or faculty like this while seeing first hand how your degree and the classes here at UNG can apply in other global markets…London is an incredible city with so much to offer.”

Interested in learning more about the London Experience? Visit our website for further information.

UNG celebrates partnership with AmCham Germany for international internship opportunities

by Elizabeth King, program coordinator, Center for the Future of North Georgia

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, UNG faculty, staff, and students took the time to celebrate an international partnership that has opened internship opportunities abroad for Mike Cottrell College of Business students. The AmCham Germany partnership matches American student intern hopefuls with international corporations in the hopes of building economic partnership and friendship between nations and developing future international business leaders. Ms. Morgan Winn, junior management major within the Mike Cottrell College of Business, completed an internship with Merck in Munich, Germany over the summer in 2015. Along with the rest of her cohort of interns placed through AmCham, she enjoyed celebrating the German culture and the success of their experiences at a business day and reception attended by over 200 German-American business professionals. Through the partnership, Ms. Marissa Langston, junior marketing major, will intern Summer 2016 with ITMS Marketing, in Nauheim, Germany.

To apply for the AmCham Germany internships, students must have completed their core business classes and have at least an intermediate competency in the Germany language. For further information about the partnership and how to apply, contact Elizabeth King, Program Coordinator through the Center for the Future of North Georgia.

International insurance executive to share expertise at UNG

tangy-0453[1]Tangy C. Morgan, an internationally known insurance executive, will speak at the University of North Georgia as part of the 2015 Cottrell Speaker Series, hosted by the Center for the Future of North Georgia in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia (UNG).

Morgan is the founder and managing director of Fisher Morgan which works with entities to develop strategies to build sustainable businesses in the US and global market. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur and owning her own consultancy, Morgan held senior executive positions with several major insurers and a reinsurer before assuming the role of Deputy Head of Underwriting Performance with the Corporation of Lloyd’s in London, England. Morgan brings a global perspective on issues such as leadership and diversity as she has traveled and worked with organizations across the world.

“It is an honor to have Tangy Morgan participate in our Cottrell Speaker Series this semester,” said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business. “Her experience in industry and as an entrepreneur will provide a great learning opportunity for our students.”

While Morgan’s business experience has been international, her roots are local. Morgan grew up in Augusta, GA where she attended Aquinas High School and is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she serves as member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Business.

“A number of our students are consistently curious as to how you become a business executive or international business executive,” said Dr. Ruben Boling, director of the Center for the Future of North Georgia. “As a regional high school graduate, she can provide perspective on what it takes to move from a student to an international insurance executive.”

The event will be held in the Dining Hall banquet room on the Dahlonega campus on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at noon. Members of the community, as well as faculty staff and students, are welcome to attend at no charge.