Germany and Ireland
The honors program had the opportunity to take another study abroad trip to Germany and Ireland. The trip was the conclusion of an international business course that was centered on globalization.
Our first destination for the trip was Frankfurt, Germany. While here, we had the opportunity to visit the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank, and the KfW (a German development bank). After leaving Frankfurt, we traveled to Munich, Germany, where we were able to go to PricewaterhouseCoopers (a public accounting firm) as well as Intel. At all of our company visits, we had the opportunity to meet with people from all aspects of the corporate ladder to gain a better insight into their workings. All of these opportunities were great experiences to be able to communicate and network with esteemed business people and learn more about international companies.
In addition to our company visits, we had a lot of free time to tour and sightsee. In all three cities, we were able to meander around shopping centers and sample traditional cuisine. We also had days with tour guides to show us around the most important parts of the cities. In Munich, there was a large spring festival that a lot of the group was able to experience. We also heard the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, a large ornate clock, chime while watching the figurines that twirl and dance to the tones. In Ireland, most of the group went to the Butlers Chocolate factory where we were able to take a tour as well as decorate our own hollow bears.
Studying abroad with the Miller Honors Program was an awesome experience! I enjoyed getting a small taste of international travel and being able to do so with friends and peers that I see every day. I also liked that we had to opportunity to meet with several companies during our trip in addition to our free time to tour and explore. It was definitely an enriching trip that taught me a lot and that was also incredibly fun!