|University of Houston-Victoria international business students Liuan Yang, left, Kristen Lindley,
Carolyn Sanders and Danielle Stewart stand outside of what was their home for a month this summer at Queen Mary College’s Mile End campus in London.|
Four University of Houston-Victoria students took four weeks out of their
summer for an international business course in an authentic location — London.
Master of Business Administration students Kristen Lindley, Carolyn Sanders,
Danielle Stewart and Liuan Yang returned earlier this month after observing
business practices around England’s capital city. The study program is part of a
growing number of international study offerings at UHV, which now has nine
courses in London and two in other countries, said Magen Besancon, international
student services coordinator in the School of Arts & Sciences.
Lindley decided to take the course to earn three hours of credit and see how
businesses operate in another part of the world.
“The London trip was fantastic,” she said. “Even if I didn’t get to do all of
the stuff I wanted to do in my free time — like travel and visit museums — this
would still have been worth my time and money.”
Besancon said the students visited executives and sites that deal with all
aspects of international business — a Coca-Cola UK marketing executive, an
International Accounting Standards Board official, a medical company startup
entrepreneur, a businessman who specializes in exporting and outsourcing to the
Far East and more.
The quartet also visited the City of London’s Economic Development Center.
“They talked about what they are doing to help keep London a strong financial
hub for the world,” Lindley said.
Sanders said traveling internationally exposes students to far more than they
can get in the classroom or from behind a computer terminal.
“It doesn’t compare to an online course because you experience all of the
history of the place, and you get to go into these companies and explore them
and hear about their traditions firsthand,” she said. “It’s just a completely
Sanders has worked in the oil industry and knows global experiences will be
good for her résumé.
“It’s important to get a viewpoint from a different country and see how it
works,” she said. “Just being able to say, ‘I lived and studied there’ is
a huge advantage over someone who hasn’t been overseas and seen how business is
Sanders said the visit to insurance giant Lloyd’s of London was her favorite
“It was so impressive with its busy trading floor, and it made me feel there
was so much going on there,” she said. “It made me just want to get into it
because all the action was there.”
Stewart said the trip opened up the world to her.
“It felt like they crammed a year’s worth of knowledge into the month,” she
said. “When you compare the costs and benefits, the experience was definitely
high on the benefits.”
Stewart also enjoyed Lloyds of London, but said the students also got an
inside look into the world’s most storied tennis location — Wimbledon.
“We toured the grounds and got to meet with the financial officer,” she said.
“It is very interesting the way they brand themselves.”
Yang agreed that the trip was a worthwhile experience.
“The study in London gave me a great look into international business and
management,” Yang said. “It gave me the opportunity to learn about different
kinds of business and customers around the world. I would recommend anyone
consider this program.”
The trip also helped Lindley see what other opportunities may await in her
“One thing this trip did for me is that it really opened my eyes to all the
different types of business that takes place out there,” she said. “This trip
can help a student learn so many new avenues you could take with a career, not
to mention, being in London for a month just broadens your perspective of the
UK, Europe and the world. It is such a global city.”
Most UHV study abroad international study courses are for undergraduates, but
select ones are offered at the graduate level, Besancon said.
The British Studies program runs in cooperation with Midwestern State
University in Wichita Falls and is held each summer. Students interested in
participating next year can contact Besancon at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-570-4185.
An information session for summer 2011 will be scheduled later this fall, she
In addition to British Studies, UHV also offers Spanish-language programs in
Cuernavaca, Mexico, and Granada, Spain, that students can begin any time and can
attend from two weeks to a full semester.