Reasons to Study Abroad
Reasons real BBAs give to study abroad. What are your reasons?
- To learn more about another culture
- To expand my horizons beyond my familiarities
- To travel to as many places as possible
- To be able to hold full conversations in a foreign language
- To learn something that I couldn’t learn at Emory
- To observe international business first-hand
- To connect with other international students
- To be more outgoing
- To build a network
- To study cultural differences
- To become more independent
How is study abroad at Goizueta distinctive? Goizueta practices international exchange—trading students with an elite cadre of international partner schools. Hallmarks of our program:
- Direct enrollment & immersion in foreign schools
- Body-for-body trade, so international students come to Goizueta classrooms
- Student does much prep work: visas, housing, travel, enrollment
- Often results in more independence and self-confidence
Typical US models
- Participation in US-hosted & sponsored programs
- Abroad with other Americans and in special/reserved classes
- Program host handles much prep work
- Chances to develop independent living and coping skills harder to find
By asking yourself a few basic questions, you can focus on programs of most interest to you.
- English or foreign language speaking?
- Offers the kinds of classes I need and want?
- A place I already love, or a new place?
- Where friends and family are, on my own?
- Within my budget?
- Learn more about my heritage?
- Will I feel safe? Can I handle the kind of housing available?
- Will my family support me choosing this place?
- Can meet my special needs (dietary, religious, etc)?
- Dates of attendance match my schedule and plans?
Steps to Study Abroad
Attend an Information Session (Required)
- Info Sessions at are held at each BBA Orientation. Students can also download an Electronic Info Session.
- Topics covered via info sessions: partner schools, money matters, how to apply
A few things you will want to learn more about:
- Choosing the right program, including semester-long exchange at one of our partner schools, Goizueta international study trips, CIPA summer programs, or a summer internship abroad.
- Academics: Database of Approved Courses (see how courses previously taken abroad have transferred to Goizueta), study abroad academic advising, study abroad credit policies
- Money Matters (costs, scholarships, and financial aid)
- Student experience reports (read your peers' first-hand feedback regarding courses, safety, culture shock, housing, money, and more)
Stop by BBA International Programs in Goizueta 312 for drop-in advising
- Discuss your specific goals with BBA International Programs
- Ask questions
- Review costs, funding and scholarships
- Go over application requirements
- Discuss course equivalency and how a semester abroad fits into your academic advising plan
- Check the flatscreen TVs on the 3rd floor hallway and BBA Program Office to learn the director's office hours for the semester.
Schedule an Advising Appointment
Email BBA International Programs to schedule a study abroad advising appointment. A completed BBA advising plan is required for all study abroad applications.
Application Due Dates
February 15 is the deadline for students who plan to study abroad during the fall semester. September 15 is the deadline for students who plan to study abroad during the spring semester.
Applicants will be notified of results by within 4 weeks of receipt of a complete application. After notification, students have 1 week to accept or decline the one offer each student will receive to a specific partner school.
Study Abroad Send-Off
- Meet other students going abroad
- Find out about requirements, dates, housing, etc.
- Review cultural and administrative preparation
- Discuss travel, health, and immunization counseling and information
- Complete all forms and paperwork requested by Goizueta
- Complete host school paperwork, forms, and (as applicable) housing applications
- Apply for and obtain student visa and/or residency permit
Have a Life-Changing Experience!
Share your travel stories, photos and videos by enrolling in Going Global, the internationally focused, blog-based senior seminar.
When you return, complete an experience report. Provide any outstanding materials so we can start processing your grades. Serve as a global ambassador to talk about your study abroad experience to prospective students and incoming exchange students. Serve as a gIN Buddy and help welcome new international exchange students to Goizueta.
If you’re interested in studying abroad on a BBA exchange program for a fall or spring semester, you MUST attend an information session before you meet with BBA International Programs. These information sessions (conducted each semester at new BBA Orientation) are designed to answer any questions you may have and provide basic information on what you need to do in order to go abroad!
For those students who want to get an early start and just cannot wait until BBA Orientation, please use this website to get up to speed on study abroad matters before meeting with BBA International Programs.
Note: Separate information sessions may be held for CIPA Programs (conducted by Emory College of Arts & Sciences, and open to all Emory undergraduates) or international short study trips.
The Director of BBA International Programs holds regular drop-in hours while fall and spring classes are in session. You can drop by without an appointment whenever these hours are scheduled. Check the flatscreen TVs on the 3rd floor hallway and BBA Program Office to learn the director’s office hours for the semester.
Before the meeting, you should:
- First, attend an Information Session before making your appointment.
- Think about your goals: what is most important to you from a study abroad experience (language acquisition, cultural development, resume building, professional enrichment, personal growth, travel, etc.)
- Start some basic research
- Approach your search for a study abroad program as you would a job search; the benefits will last a lifetime - longer than a job!
During the meeting, we will discuss:
- Your area depth(s), courses you could take abroad, classes to take now, and classes to save.
- How to find the best destinations by matching up your area depth(s), courses, timing considerations, and your personal, professional, and academic goals.
- Your desired program locations and what you hope to achieve when studying abroad.
- The application process and requirements, including notification.
- Money matters and funding options.
- Competitiveness of selected programs, and what is considered in determining selections.
- How to find and use resources for further research and preparation: program materials, student experience reports, partner schools’ websites and course listings, course equivalency database.
- Expectations. For a successful study abroad experience, you need to be flexible, independent, resourceful, and responsible. We expect you to share your findings with your parents and keep them informed about costs, the process, health and safety concerns, and for you to be the source of information to answer their questions.