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Corinne SweeneyCorinne Sweeney
MBA, April 2007

I was one of those people who always had designs on backpacking through Europe at one point in my life.  As I began to consider Pepperdine for my MBA, I realized, not only could I accomplish a professional goal, but a personal one as well, by truly immersing myself in the school's study abroad program. 

By attending one of the leading business schools in Europe, the University of St. Gallen, in St. Gallen, Switzerland, I could gain a global perspective of business, while strategically placing myself in the midst of Western Europe for maximum travel opportunities.  There was no additional cost added to my tuition, and in the end, when accounting for travel and living expenses, it cost me about the same as living in Southern California for a semester.  More

Alyssa ShimasakiAlyssa Shimasaki
MBA, April 2006

When I applied for Study Abroad, I had very limited traveling experience, but had a great desire to begin a lifestyle of being familiar with and comfortable in different cultures. I wanted this to not only enhance my marketability and future success as a professional, but also to help me become a more well-rounded, knowledgeable individual. I was not sure exactly what to expect, but I knew it would be a great experience. Montpellier is a smaller city with a more laid back, friendlier atmosphere. It has a small-town feel, yet it has enough to keep students occupied.

I lived with another Pepperdine student in a small apartment in a nice, newer part of Montpellier by the river. We were within walking distance to the city center (la Place de la Comedie), which is where most of the other students lived and hung out. It was a nice change not having to worry about parking, gas, and getting around in my own car. More