Overseas Exchange: Immersing Oneself in a Cross-cultural Environment
Overseas Exchange: Immersing Oneself in a Cross-cultural Environment
The University offers places in more than 180 institutions around the world. Some of the well-known institutions where our IBGM students have studied are: Yale University, New York University, University of California, University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia, King's College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Amsterdam, University of Copenhagen, Singapore Management University, University of Nottingham and University of Melbourne.
Yale Orientation Series: Freshmen Assembly
On August 23, the four Year 3 IBGMers who will be commencing their one-year study at Yale University from September 2014 – Chan Wing Yan, Michelle Chan, Samuel Li and Rayna Wang – attended the Freshmen Assembly as part of their Orientation Series at Yale. Following the Freshmen Assembly, they were addressed by Yale College Dean, Jonathan Holloway, and Yale University President, Peter Salovey, at the President’s Reception. We wish these students a fruitful and enriching experience abroad.
Four IBGMers studying abroad at Yale
In the upcoming September, four Year 3 IBGMers: Chan Wing Yan, Michelle Chan, Samuel Li, and Rayna Wang will be commencing their full-year exchange at Yale University. The Yale Visiting International Student Program is a rigorous and highly competitive exchange program, accepting no more than 30 visiting international students per year. Apart from undertaking courses to fulfill their first major, IBGMers have also expressed keen interest to pursue multidisciplinary education. Samuel indicates his excitement to meet global elites and to immerse himself in the larger community by leveraging Yale’s renowned residential colleges. Hosea Lee (Class of 2014), who joined the 2012-2013 Yale Visiting International Student Program, also fondly recalls his academic experiences at Yale, including various courses on Psychology, Philosophy, English, Economics as well as an MBA class in the Yale School of Management. He mentions how he has benefited greatly from daily conversations and interactions with professors and classmates beyond the classroom. IBGMers would surely be rewarded with enthralling experiences at Yale.
Having an opportunity to study abroad at Yale University for a full academic year is proving to be the best experience of my life. With the full scholarship offered by The University of Hong Kong, I am able to take advantage of the amazing resources at Yale University while interacting with global elites and academics in various disciplines. Having been assigned to one of the twelve colleges at Yale, I have the chance to fully integrate into the larger Yale community. Moreover, the world-class liberal art education at Yale is fully leveraged through my academic endeavor and pursuit of multi-disciplinary education. I am also engaged in many extra-curricular activities through involving in different student organizations such as Yale Undergraduate Consulting Group and AIESEC Yale. Indeed, my experience at Yale has been truly enriching, enthralling and unique.
As I have always wanted to live in a Spanish-speaking country, I chose to go to Mexico for exchange. As Universidad de Monterrey is a small university in terms of its student population, it’s likely you will get to know everyone on campus. I found Mexican culture to be vibrant, with an emphasis on traditional family values. This exchange experience changed me because I had to step out of my comfort zone, I learned to see the world from a different perspective, and as a result, became more independent than I was before this exchange experience.
For my exchange, I went to Pforzheim University in Germany. Pforzheim University has one of the top business programs in Germany, and emphasizes on the practical parts of business because of their professors’ work experience in large German corporates such as Mercedes, Deloitte, and Bosch. These experiences have made me convinced that Germany is the perfect place to learn about business and gain cultural exposure because of its important standing within the world economy.
My exchange to UBC provided me with an opportunity to explore a new country and experience a different campus life. As Vancouver has quite a few attractions - Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park, etc- part of my exchange was spent visiting them. Living on campus residence meant it was really convenient to meet up with friends and getting to class. Because the campus is huge, I had to bike most days, which was a memorable experience. It was also my first time living away from family, which did me the world of good because I learnt to become more independent and manage my own life. All in all, I’m glad I went on exchange to UBC.
Going on exchange has been a fruitful experience for me in and out of the classroom. Inside the classroom I have experienced the Canadian learning culture and have been taught by very able professors. Outside the classroom I have been travelling around both the US and Canada, gaining exposure to the culture and also having a bit of fun. It an experience that really made me more independent, there is a lot more to it than just going to class in a foreign country. The highlight for me is the ski trips I have taken with my friends, it is a sport that I have always loved and being in Vancouver meant there was plenty of opportunity for me to pursue this sport. Being able to ski almost every other week in the early parts of the exchange up until March meant that I was starting to manage the more difficult slopes, which is something I am proud of.
IBGM offers me many opportunities to explore the world, and my exchange experience to the New York University Stern School of Business is definitely a highlight. Studying in the heart of the financial world, I learnt a lot about the latest developments in the financial industry. The exchange has also let me develop global outlook, enhance cultural understanding and grow personally.
My exchange experience in the United States will definitely be one of the most memorable experiences in my life! IBGM offered me the opportunity to see and feel the world which helps my personal growth. Studying abroad has also given me an insight into differences between cultures which will benefit my career in the future.
I am so grateful for having the chance to study in Edinburgh as an exchange student. There are always new acquaintances and close bonds to make.Cultural differences haven't been as tough as it seems, as long as you are willing to open up yourself, abandon all your burdens from home, and adapt to the changes.
Being an IBGMer is an extraordinary experience. With our unique field trips and exchange programs, we have the opportunities to meet with smart people from diverse backgrounds and learn how to look at things from different perspectives. We learn not only from books – and that's why we are different.