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Leading Global Supply Chains in Northern Europe : Reviews (Cologne)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Study Abroad & Global Engagement
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Nicholas A Binetti, Summer 2015 Participant
It was a great mix of course related topics and being able to explore the cities to learn about the culture. There was also a great deal of learning about cultural influences and comparisons to the United States in the course related material.

 

Mark Scott Nelson, Summer 2016 Participant
The best part of the Program was visiting different companies and getting detailed tours of their warehouses and Supply Chains

 

Isabelle M Haake, Summer 2017 Participant
My favorite part of the program was engaging with students in the classroom. It was fun to see that they were learning some of the things that we learn and compare cultures.

 

Jonathan Jarrell, Summer 2017 Participant
I liked the Deloitte visit because it was challenging and the case was a good look at what might be expected in a real-life consulting context. The flower auction was also really cool, as was the day trip to Amsterdam. Lastly, I enjoyed the trip to the UPS World Hub at night - it was astonishing to see all that they could get done in one night at that airport.

 

Zack Jaben Brenner, Summer 2018 Participant
The amount of fun we had while learning is unparalleled by any other class I've taken. My favorite part was experiencing a completely new environment every day and seeing advancing technologies that I could never imagine.

 

Summer 2019 Participant
I loved the Estee Lauder visit. We got to see a lot of the process, from the manufacturing to the picking, to the auditing. It was fascinating. And every person that worked there--in the office and on the floor--loved their job

 

Sarah Rush, Summer 2015 Participant
The most rewarding part was being able to apply the terms and theories I learned in the classroom to the situations in front of me.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
The cultural experience was the most rewarding. Having the spare time to meet people and experience the culture for ones self vs a group experience is very important.

 

Mark Scott Nelson, Summer 2016 Participant
The most rewarding part was having access to be able to ask questions of the many different executives that gave us tours. When we visited all the different companies, we were welcomed by the top managers there and given personal tours by them, along with a Q&A session afterwards. This was very helpful in getting a real essence of what the companies were trying to accomplish with their strategies.

 

Alexander Gale Sharp, Summer 2016 Participant
The most rewarding element to this program was being able to engage with students, professors, and various business professionals. I was able to see many differences and similarities between our two countries. It is was also great to get some insights into how these businesses work and what sort of opportunities are out there.

 

Isabelle M Haake, Summer 2017 Participant
I think the most rewarding part of the program was walking away knowing that I had an experience that not many people are offered. Our group visited facilities that a lot of people don't see and met people who really cared about their job.

 

Jonathan Jarrell, Summer 2017 Participant
I would say the Port of Rotterdam was one of the coolest parts, as well as going to the College of Shipping and Transport. It was really cool interacting with the students there, and I wish we would've had more time to work with them. That was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip and it's kind of sad that we'll probably never see any of them again.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Being able to see multiple distribution centers around different parts of Europe was a great experience. You learn a lot about business outside of the side and more specifically, logistics in another country.

 

Daniel S Jones, Summer 2018 Participant
I enjoyed learning about the role that blockchain technology is playing in the world of Supply Chain Management. This is something that I am highly interested in, and having the opportunity to talk with executives of a number of European companies about how they are implementing it was something that has stuck with me from this program.

 

Summer 2019 Participant
The most rewarding part of the program was learning the culture and the people well enough to pass as a local. By the end of the program, servers and locals would initiate conversation in Dutch. Every time felt like a tiny win.

 

Kaitlyn Denae Gerard, Summer 2015 Participant
This program is something any person should go on if you have any interest of international business and supply chain management. This will be key to start your career.

 

Mark Scott Nelson, Summer 2016 Participant
I believe getting real hands on access to how material in the classroom is executed in the real world is very helpful in understanding what it is you are studying. Also, just being in a different culture offers an opportunity to get a different perspective on both business and life in general. This exposure to a new culture alone can drastically change the way you think.

 

Alexander Gale Sharp, Summer 2016 Participant
Knowledge about supply chain and logistics is critical to any student that wants to pursue a career in business. This trip allows for students to experience first hand how companies manage their supply chains and the different paths in which they may pass.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
It is important to go outside your comfort zone and explore! It's amazing how much you'll learn from strangers, and people in general.

 

Isabelle M Haake, Summer 2017 Participant
I learned that traveling is exhausting, but worth it. Being open to new experiences and people will only enrich your time abroad.

 

Jonathan Jarrell, Summer 2017 Participant
Do more research of where you are planning to visit before going there - Amsterdam or Cologne are good examples - so that when you get there you can use your time more wisely.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Be prepared to go outside of your comfort level. I learned that if you are open to new ideas and activities then you will really enjoy your time!

 

Hannah Steinert, Summer 2019 Participant
Studying business in another country makes you analyze and understand your own country processes better. You begin to see different ways of completing similar tasks and can see benefits and drawbacks in each and every process. It is also helpful to get exposure to other cultures because it humbles you but also makes you realize that as people, we are all striving to simple live and be happy.