Nicholas Etzold
Accounting, International Business
Class of 2011
Webster University
Vienna, Austria

How did you select your Study/Intern Abroad location?

I wanted to study in a German-speaking country. Because Germany wasn’t available and I knew several people from Austria, studying in Vienna sounded great. Webster had a good business program that fit my international business major.

Why did you want to study or intern abroad?

I have always been interested in travelling the world and learning about other cultures. This was a great experience to see the world, while finishing my degree.

What were the highlights of this experience?

Because Vienna is in the center of Europe, I was able to visit ten different countries while abroad. Even though there are many people fluent in English, there were still many opportunities to practice my German and speak with native-speakers.

What surprised you the most?

Although I’ve heard several stories about Europeans hating Americans from some of my friends I met abroad, I never experienced anything but curiosity and friendliness. Anyone I met was interested in my culture and America. It was great to be able to cook for one another and find out about each other’s culture while in the kitchen.

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

Because the Big Four accounting firms have clients in over 150 countries, they are looking for people who are able to adapt and cooperate with those from other cultures. Studying abroad has taught me that sometimes it is difficult to get something done when communication is nearly impossible, but with some patience, cooperation, and cross-cultural communication skills, people from all over the world can work together to achieve their goals.

What would you tell students considering studying or interning abroad?

Do it!

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