USD students study in Europe Building on the foundation of European study trips established by economics professor Benno Wymar since 1970, 20 business students from The University of South Dakota, along with two professors, traveled to Europe this summer to learn about international business practices during the USD European Business Study program.�
Participating students included Michael Brewer, Dan Jones, Kelli Viereck and Matthew Perkins of Sioux Falls, Ashley Foss of Custer, Greg Garry of Madison, Tabitha Hubert, Scott Radke and Mitchell Locken of Vermillion, James Jacobs of Timber Lake, Abby Koller of Yankton, Justin McGregor of Parkston, Amanda Nelson of Elk Point, Seth Neuharth and Brad Noel of Mitchell, Shauna Peterson of Sisseton, Nick Sharp of Watertown, Jason Van Sloten of Hawarden, IA, Suzanne Somsen of Pierre, and Emily Whitney of Valentine, NE. Faculty members included marketing professor Michael Gillespie and business law professor Greg Huckabee.�
Hubert said the trip was a great time for her and the others who attended.�
�It was a great way to get nine credits in one month and do a mini tour of Europe,� she said.��We made a lot of friends and learned a lot in a short time.�
The group visited international businesses, banks, and labor unions in Europe and also participated in the first-ever International Management Academy at the University of Wolfenbuttel in Wolfsburg, Germany, which was held May 16-28 and headed by professor Mike Hoffmeister.
Wolfsburg is the international home of Volkswagen, who co-sponsors the academy. While there, the students toured VW�s manufacturing plant, its world famous Autostadt and corporate headquarters for briefings on global business strategies and business practices in the European Union.�
The students also studied at Teikyo University in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from May 28-June 11.�While there, they visited one of the largest hospitals in the world ��the University Hospital in Maastricht and also visited the second largest port in Europe in Antwerp, Belgium, to view agricultural transportation operations.
The students traveled to Brussels, Belgium to receive presentations on the European Union at the U.S. Mission located there. They also visited the EU headquarters for briefings on operations of the EU Commission and Parliament.
Noel said the trip prepared him well for his future career.
�As I start work for a large public accounting firm, I will have to deal with many�international clients and this trip has given me an introduction into international business,� he said.�
The students also took three courses in international business law, international business and economics and an international case study.