Meet the Director of Global Programs
Graziadio Staff Highlight: Kallan Picha, MPA/MA
Note: Kallan Picha no longer works at Pepperdine University. Meet the current Global Programs team.
What are the study abroad options one can find at Graziadio Business School?
Graziadio has more international study options than UCLA, USC, and Loyola combined. Programs range from one week to one year, with many in between. Only able to take a week off of work? No problem—we can send you to locations in Asia, Australia, South America, Europe, or Africa to get a snapshot of how business is done in another part of the world. Our students have the opportunity to visit local businesses and speak with executives that the average person visiting a city wouldn’t have access to. Spend a summer, trimester, or even a year at one of our 40 highly-ranked partner universities abroad, from IE Business School in Madrid to Tsinghua University in Beijing to FGV Brazil in Sao Paulo.
What brought you to work at Pepperdine?
I studied abroad seven times during my undergraduate and graduate programs and love nothing more than sharing my love for travel, intercultural learning, and getting outside your comfort zone! I wanted to find a place that emphasized individualized student attention with a broad array of study abroad options and have been grateful to continue building on that portfolio during my time at Pepperdine.
What is the best part about Global Programs?
My amazing team (Seram Lee and Ahn Phan) and staff at Pepperdine are known for going above and beyond to make the student experience as positive as possible, and my team is passionate about our mission and the sharing the amazing experience of studying abroad with incoming students! We will support you from day one in identifying the best options for you and providing guidance and support so you can get the most out of your experience overseas.
What upcoming GBIC are you most excited about?
All of our one-week courses are so unique that it's hard to pick just one! This April, I would have to say our program in Spain and Morocco is lining up to be one of our best - students will begin the program in Madrid and then travel to Casablanca, the business capital of Morocco; Rabat, the government capital; and end the week in Fez, the cultural capital and my favorite Moroccan city. I can't wait to hear how students experience business in these two amazing countries!