Destination Singapore: Studies open door to travel, growth
Conor Dye has set a goal of living in three foreign countries by the time he’s 30 years old. One of those goals is being met this semester in Singapore, where Conor is taking advantage of an exchange study abroad program at Nanyang Technological University.
“It’s nice to have the opportunity for a trial period living in another country,” said Conor, 20, a junior management major with an emphasis on international business. “It’s a temporary thing, yet it exposes me to a very different culture while I’m fulfilling academic requirements in my major.”
The Singapore experience is one of countless study abroad opportunities available specifically for College of Business students. The opportunity to earn credits while immersing oneself in a foreign culture are two of many reasons why students might consider studying abroad, according to Gaby Peschiera, assistant director of global engagement for the College of Business.
“For one, the cost can be comparable to studying at Clemson. Students who participate in faculty-directed and exchange programs pay in-state tuition to Clemson, a huge benefit particularly to out-of-state residents, while exposing themselves to experiences in another corner of the globe,” Peschiera said. “In Conor’s case, his experience will be quite different in Singapore. It will have less Western influence than what he’d experience in a more traditional European study program.”
Conor’s decision to spend 30 hours of travel time and venture 10,000 miles to study this semester is based in part on his decision to live and work outside of the U.S. someday. But the experience also provides him some practical advantages.
“I’ll be able to fulfill most of my international business requirements while at Nanyang Technological University, and I’ll be doing it in one of the world’s international business hubs,” he said. “Before moving to Charleston, I lived near New York City most of my life and I wanted an urban experience. Geographically it puts me in one of Southeast Asia’s biggest seaports and a financial center that is culturally very different than what I’m accustomed to.”
Peschiera said Singapore is a study abroad destination that provides tremendous cultural growth opportunities while attending a prestigious university where courses are taught in English. Nanyang Technological University is ranked 11th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, and is among other prestigious universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford.
“Because there is less of an American influence, students are more apt to be pushed to explore and grow,” Peschiera said. “For someone who wants to be challenged, Singapore will provide them with a very different international experience,” Peschiera said.
Conor said he chose management because he wanted his major to give him opportunities to follow his interests to travel, live and work abroad, and this semester is the first step in achieving those goals.
“I’ve only traveled once outside the U.S. and that was when I was 3-years-old on a family trip to Scotland,” he said. “This will be an experience unlike any other that will take me outside my comfort zone and help me grow in many ways.”
There are hundreds of travel abroad opportunities university-wide that business students can also take advantage of, including several in Europe, and in Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, China, United Arab Emirates, Chile and South Africa, to name a few. More information on those and other locations will be available at a university-wide Study Abroad Fair on Feb. 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Hendrix Center.
The College of Business has two full-time staff devoted to students interested in studying abroad. For more information, contact Peschiera at email@example.com, or Alex Hazleton firstname.lastname@example.org.
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