Stories from Abroad: International Business Institute
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE
May 28, 2005
I'm sitting in a 400 year old prison in Sweden that has been renovated into a hotel and conference center. Our rooms are the old prison cells! :)
I have only been here 2 days and so far we have visited Parliament, watched the changing of the guard at the Palace, seen the rooms used for the Nobel Prize banquet and dance and a 4 hour bus tour around the city. On Monday we are visiting the corporate office for Electrolux - parent company to Hoover and Frigidaire.
I should probably explain why I am here. I am spending the summer on another study abroad program called the International Business Institute. We are traveling through 10 countries in 10 weeks, visiting major corporations, touring the major cultural sites, and taking 4 classes from professors who are traveling with us. There are 44 students from all across the US. We just arrived on Thursday and have been adjusting to the time difference, climate and language. On Monday we are taking a cruise ship to Helsinki, Finland and then taking a hovercraft to Tallinn, Estonia where we will be for a few days before we drive to Moscow, Russia. After that we are taking a train to St Petersburg and then flying to Germany. That is the first half of the trip before we stay in the Netherlands for three weeks for intensive academic study time.
It's crazy to think about being away for the whole summer.
June 17, 2005
Now we are in