Any student at the University of Manchester will agree that the school is incredibly international. In comparison to OSU, Manchester seems to emphasize group work and collaboration between students not just for presentations, but for essays as well. In just one of my classes, our group consisted of two British students, two Americans including myself, a French classmate, and two students from Ukraine. Several of my classes emphasized not just learning how to work in a group, but also learning how to learn from each other. The typical weekly assignments or quizzes that is often present at OSU, did not seem to have a strong presence. I believe that this situation is an accurate reflection of the diverse backgrounds that will occur in the workforce, and business students who do not have some sort of international collaboration training are woefully under prepared.
One of the greatest advantages to studying abroad is the opportunity to network with your peers from around the world. Life long friendships were made and I truly appreciate the opportunity to have been able to study abroad. For example, I had the privilege of spending Christmas at the home of a friend of mine in Strasbourg, France. Very few people will ever have the chance to not just travel to another country, but form global friendships and experience a different culture not as a simple tourist.