TCU International Study Trips: Chile Part II

The Neeley School of Business’ international study trips allow students to see business through a global lens. 

Full-time MBA students have the opportunity to travel to Italy, China, Chile, South Africa or Panama. In part two of this series, we’ll talk with Ray Serzanin (MBA candidate, 2015), David Kole (MBA candidate, 2016) and Daniel Geer (MBA candidate, 2015) about their recent international study trip to Chile.

What is the most important thing you learned during your travels?  

Geer characterized Chile as very “vibrant and upbeat” and found it interesting how quickly the economic and political systems have evolved over a short period of time. “Santiago was similar to a lot of major American metro areas,” he says.

Kole was also surprised to see how developed Chile is. “It was completely different than what I had envisioned,” he says. “Additionally, its economy is very stable and the people have many of the luxuries we have in America.”

How does this trip differ from an average tourist's trip?  

For Geer, the opportunity to see and experience the business side and to understand the industries from the inside out made the trip more enlightening than had he traveled as a tourist. Geer also appreciated traveling with the Neeley School staff who are so knowledgeable about Chile. “They know all the things to see and do there,” he says. “It’s like having a local with you the entire time. They also have great business contacts.”

Serzanin felt like the students had the “ultimate tour guides” because the TCU professors and faculty who traveled with them were so familiar with the area. Traveling with people who know what to do and where to go enabled the group to maximize their time without any guesswork, he says.  

Kole says he most appreciates the personal travel experiences he had with the group. “There were many things that I don't think I would have done if I would have gone on my own,” he says.

The international study experience is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for Neeley students. “An international trip is a great opportunity to change your perspective while getting credit toward your degree," says Serzanin. "If you don’t take advantage of [the opportunity], you’re losing out."   

Interested in global study? Learn more about TCU’s global advantage and request more info about the Neeley School of Business graduate program or apply now.
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