Another European study abroad opportunity for our students is the ability to study in Hannover, Germany, at the GISMA Business School for one full module. While at GISMA, participants can continue their core course studies and complete elective courses taught by international faculty members. Many Krannert students who travel to GISMA also take advantage of its central location in Germany to visit other cities and countries in Europe.

“GISMA gave me the opportunity to learn firsthand about the EU and how business is done in Germany,” says recent graduate Lesly Leon (MSHRM ’11), now an associate with CH2M Hill. “It was the experience of a lifetime.”

In addition to taking courses in Hannover, Krannert students can also participate in our Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI).

John Lewandowski

Video Extra: John Lewandowski details the itinerary of Krannert's "Global Week" programs in Europe.

The ELI program pairs Krannert and GISMA students on a truly international consulting project, with students conducting their work both here in West Lafayette and in Hannover.

In the current economic environment, offering international trips are becoming more difficult to deliver at a price that is competitive and sustainable. We are mindful to keep costs to a minimum in order to give as many students as possible the opportunity to participate in a study abroad trip during their time at Krannert.

The global experience remains important to our students for many reasons, including cultural growth, exposure to international academics and networking opportunities. Many employers also recognize and appreciate the international experiences of our graduates because it shows their independence, responsibility and desire for expanded horizons.

Indeed, students who participate in study abroad programs gain a competitive edge in their job search and career development, displaying both a willingness to adapt to new environments and the ability to analyze problems through different cultural perspectives. The experience serves as an invaluable capstone to any of our master’s programs.

As alumnus Vishwas Bharadwaj (MBA ’11), now an associate in Sears Holding Corp’s MBA Leadership Program, remarks, “My visit to France covered everything I wanted as a tourist, a student and a professional looking for networking opportunities.”

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