Social responsibility, investments, patents, and inflation. Imagine how much more you could get from these terms if you were applying them to visits to the Johnson & Johnson offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hanoi, and Bangkok! Well there’s a study abroad program that perfectly enables this scenario to happen!
As the world gets smaller and smaller, students’ opportunities to engage in this global society is becoming greater and more accessible. The people who created the three-month long Asia Summer Abroad Program (ASAP) fully understand this concept and have opened up incredible doors for students who want to take advantage of such opportunities. This program, which is run by faculty members at Marist College, is primarily directed towards business majors or minors who wish to apply their classroom knowledge in a multi-country, and culturally diverse experience.
I was so excited to write about this amazing study abroad program, as I was a business major and understood the importance of a global education. Had I known about ASAP at the time, I would have jumped at the chance to participate in this program. We have already given you several reasons as to why the best time to be studying in China is now, and the ASAP program will give you just as many reasons as to how developing skills through experiential learning in Asia can give you that competitive edge when you enter the job market.
I was fortunate enough to get some insight from 2011 ASAP alum, QuTing Zheng, who had nothing but great things to say about the program and her experience. When I asked QuTing why she chose to study abroad with ASAP, she replied “I thought it would be fun to travel through Asia for three months…but the program was more than just fun, it changed my life”.
Along with visits to Johnson & Johnson, ASAP participants also had the chance to network with employees from Proctor & Gamble and the US Commercial Services. The tentative list of countries for the 2012 trip include Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam.
QuTing is planning on graduating in 2013, but she has already been attending job fairs where she made a huge impression with a Johnson & Johnson representative who was extremely impressed with her knowledge and understanding of their Asian counterparts. John Peters, who is the Dean of International Programs, also mentioned to me that in some cases, students will actually receive job offers DURING their experience abroad!
This is truly a remarkable program that encompasses a richer understanding of global relations through cultural excursions and applicable coursework. To learn more about the program, either check out reviews from ASAP alum here, or you can visit their Facebook page and program website!
The priority deadline for the 2012 summer program is December 15, 2011, so start filling out that application ASAP!!