Hayley Forgatch
International Business, French, and Accounting Majors
Class of 2019
Grenoble, France: Academic Programs International (API)

How did you select your Study/Intern Abroad location?

I chose the best option for my majors. I knew I wanted to go somewhere in France because one of my majors is French. I studied at an international business accredited school because of my international business major.

Why did you want to study or intern abroad?

I wanted to understand the French language and culture better through immersion.

What were the most memorable experiences of your time abroad?

The travel itself was amazing; it’s incredible to see completely new sights. The people I met had new perspectives that I wouldn’t have experiences in the U.S., especially since I stayed with a host family. Living with people I’ve never met was a brand new experience. The education also used different ways of grading and teaching evaluation.

What surprised you the most about yourself/the trip?

I was impressed with how I was able to handle myself without having family close. I missed my family, and knew I was going to. I was able to deal with that through FaceTime every day. 

How has (or how might) this experience affect your major and future career?

It will allow for more job opportunities and better cultural awareness. Especially being an international business major, having a study abroad experience will help me if I pursue a job with a focus in international business.

What would you tell students considering studying or interning abroad?

It was a long process and there were challenges along the way, but it’s worth it in the end. It is really cool going to another country! There are people to help guide you step-by-step. Research the culture before packing your suitcase, even if you think their clothing will be similar to the U.S., you’ll feel more immersed. A bitter-sweet part that I didn’t consider is how my life would change afterwards. I feel like I need to be doing an activity that is somewhat adventurous more often than I used to. 

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