New International Studies Programs Begin

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Richards College of Business has established two new international programs for students studying at West Georgia and students enrolled at universities abroad.

The programs include agreements with administrators at China’s Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) and the Ecole Suprieure de Commerce et de Management or ESCEM in France.

UWG and ZUEL have established a program that will allow students from ZUEL to attend UWG in their senior year. Approximately 40 finance majors will attend UWG and earn a degree from both institutions including a bachelor’s degree for business administration in finance from UWG.

An agreement with ESCEM established the first business student exchange program in France. Up to 30 UWG students will exchange places with 30 French students for a semester.

Professor Erich Bergiel is the RCOB faculty advisor for the Japan study abroad program already underway.

“The experience of international travel is invaluable. As technologies expand, global markets are becoming seamless. It is no longer a question of ‘if’ we will need to interact or communicate in a global environment but ‘when.’

"Our course in Japan does not just teach about the Japanese culture, but it allows students to improve their ability to understand and appreciate differences in others. That is a worthwhile lesson.”

The RCOB also offers business major and minor students an opportunity to attend a China and Japan Spring Break International Program in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. Students may also participate in the RCOB Summer International Program in London.

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