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As globalization continues to impact the way we live and work, international experiences have become vital to a successful career for Marketing majors. Through international study and/or internships, you can gain valuable skills employers are looking for: communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, motivation, and a real-life perspective on business applications worldwide. Understanding how cultural norms and values impact the marketing of goods and services in an international context will make you a valuable contributor to many marketing careers.
Study abroad contributes to this by:
If you have the chance, study abroad. It’s truly one of the best choices you can make and is much more accessible than you might think. There are programs that last a year, a semester, a few weeks, or even just a week. Not only will you learn about another culture, you will also gain critical thinking skills, communication skills, social skills, and independence. These intangible skills, like the memories gained in study abroad, will last a lifetime.
Begin planning your study abroad experience early in order to find program options that will offer credits to fulfill business requirements at ASU. W. P. Carey assigns credit equivalencies for business coursework taken abroad — this is resident credit and not transfer credit, and is added to your academic record after returning from abroad.
In most cases, completing W. P. Carey’s critically tracked basic skills courses prior to departure on a semester or year-long program is highly advisable, though in some cases it may be possible to find coursework abroad that is equivalent to these skills courses. Classes at foreign partner institutions will have enforced pre-requisites. If you have not completed a portion of these basic skills courses prior to your trip abroad, you may be disadvantaged when registering for foreign courses.
We typically do not recommend that students study abroad during their final semester. This is because it is difficult to guarantee that all final courses required will be offered and also because there is always a delay in the posting of the degree because we have to wait to receive the transcript from the host institution in order to post the final credits. Many times students will have to miss the ASU graduation ceremony as well, since the program end dates do not always match up with ASU’s schedule.
W. P. Carey students should start planning for their study abroad program early. We are happy to help with any study abroad curriculum questions that you have and can suggest program options that match your academic and future career goals. Remember to use the pre-approved course lists as a guide but to also cross reference them with the actual course schedules for the correct term you will be abroad. Also remember to submit your course schedule to your MyStudyAbroad account once it is finalized so that we can ensure all of your courses have current course equivalencies. This will expedite the processing of your foreign transcript upon return. We also strongly recommend you visit with your Career Coach once you return so that he or she can help you add the experience to your resume and instruct you on how to talk about it in interviews.
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees, and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-sourced funding. There is funding out there…you just have to ask!
Would you like help learning about your financing options? The Study Abroad Office offers bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based funding.
“The best part about studying abroad isn’t the travel or even the food (and I love food), it’s the people you meet from around the world and the connections you make that last a lifetime!”
– Eduardo M., Marketing & Business Data Analytics
“Studying abroad will allow you to fully embed yourself in the local culture and view the world from a new point of view. The experiences and skills gained while living in another country will also benefit you far beyond your stay; for me, they contributed to a professional opportunity to work in another country!”
– Meghan F., Supply Chain Management