August, 2011(San Antonio)—Recognizing the importance of globalization in business, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Business offered four new international immersion programs this summer to the Canary Islands, Chile, Finland and Singapore/Vietnam.
These 10-day intensive immersion programs, led by faculty members, included academic presentations, visits to local corporations and cultural experiences. Prior to the immersion experience, students studied the history, culture and socioeconomic conditions of each country. Following the experience the students completed a final project.
“In today’s business world we must provide students with ‘flat knowledge’ that transcends traditional academic coursework,” said Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business and participant in the Finland immersion. “The college’s in-country immersion programs blend international business perspectives and cultural experiences.”
As part of the Canary Islands program, the students participated in a global entrepreneurship competition with students from the Universidad de Las Palamas. Traveling to Santiago, Chile, students partnered with the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez to learn about doing business in Chile. In Finland, the students were hosted by the Aalto University School of Economics. During the experience, the students visited five businesses in Helsinki and traveled to Stockholm, Sweden. And, students traveled to Asia visiting Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City while receiving academic instruction at the National University of Singapore Business School.
“What I learned most from my immersion experience is that there is more than one way to do business,” said Christine Blohm, MBA student and participant in the Finland immersion. “The global experience helped give me the confidence to start thinking outside my comfort zone in terms of where I would like to live and work in the future.”
In addition to these new programs, the UTSA College of Business also conducted immersion programs this summer to China, Italy and Spain. Sixty-eight students participated in the college’s immersion programs this summer.
“Students gain competitive knowledge from participating in immersion programs,” said Lisa Gomez, director of operations for the college’s International Engagement Office. “Learning about international business and trade from a different perspective is what students will need to be successful in the work force.”
Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with 5,600 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs. The college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing “Knowledge for a New World.” For more information, visit business.utsa.edu.