1. What motivated you to take a course abroad? How did you learn about IBS Americas?
What motivated me was partly the adventure of having this experience abroad with the interest in expanding my knowledge in marketing. When I reached the middle of my undergraduate course, I began to seek an opportunity to study abroad, that’s when I saw IBS Americas. Before I could even decide on the program, the pandemic came and postponed my plans. But it was a very good period because I could finish my degree and start working in the field. I feel I could enjoy it better this way.
2. How did you choose the course and the university? What factors contributed to your decision?
First, it was the summary of the Marketing program. It was the most directed course for my training and work; then, the structure of the university that, even seeing photos and videos of the place, exceeded my expectations.
3. What were the main challenges you faced being in another country, with another language and colleagues of different nationalities?
This was my first international trip alone, I had never left the country without someone from my family, let alone to the United States. Of course, the IBS people were always willing to help, so I was sure I could count on them if needed, but it was the kind of experience that got you out of your comfort zone. After going through such an experience, the “ruler” of challenges increases and it is surprising how independent it makes you feel.
Meeting people of other nationalities was very nice, it’s a cultural exchange worth having. Even if we have better relationships with people of the same nationality, it is important to develop different type friendships.
4. How do you assess the quality of teaching, infrastructure and resources offered by the university?
The quality of teaching is great, teachers are well-organized and educated, the resources are excellent. We had a phenomenal experience in the first two weeks at the Massry Building, but not as positive when classes were moved to the Science Library. Even so, the structure is still phenomenal with a beautiful architecture.
5. What about the routine, how did you organize studying and enjoying your free time? What did you do during those times?
I used to dedicate the week to studying, so during the evenings from Monday to Thursday I would use the time to do assignments, readings and reviews when necessary. On weekends, I visited locations in Albany and New York. I liked to go around the cities and see different things, which we usually don’t see in Brazil. Visit different shops, markets, and museums, among others.
6. How were the experiences of lectures and/or visits to companies?
The lectures were very nice, they addressed stories, insights and even advice for all students. The visit was also interesting, but a bit brief.
7. Were you able to network during the course? Could you share some interesting experiences?
Yes, I can. I made several friends that I still talk to this day. I met other people from Brazil and Spain and Costa Rica, but even if we don’t keep in touch, they were really nice people to talk to and work with.
8. What were the key skills you developed during the course?
I developed a lot of my independence, language and experience.
9. How do you think this international experience will contribute to your career?
It contributes not only as experience but also as professional and personal maturity. Knowing places and people, if used well, always brings benefits. Be it an insight, a new skill, or even a professional contact.
10. What message would you leave for other students and professionals who wish to take a course abroad with IBS Americas?
It is something that is worthwhile, but only really worthwhile if the person is willing to really live the program and is willing to get to know everything that the experience involves. It is a program that contributes to professional skills, but mainly personal, as well as being a great opportunity to see different places.