Alumnus develops world view during study abroad trip

Aurora University Exchange Program

Corey Novotny, AU ’14, studied abroad in Barcelona during the spring 2014 semester.

Corey Novotny, AU ’14, always knew he wanted to study abroad, and during his last semester as an undergraduate student at Aurora University, he did just that. Novotny, a double major in business and commerce and Spanish with a minor in international studies, attended the University of Barcelona this past spring through AU’s exchange program.

AU helped to fulfill Novotny’s wish to study abroad and helped prepare him for the trip through his coursework. “AU gave me a good base of what to expect there,” he said. “My courses, especially International Business, International Relations and Spanish, helped me understand it would be different in Barcelona, and that I would have to embrace that and step out of my comfort zone.”

Novotny took four classes at the University of Barcelona in three different languages: Spanish for Business, Elementary Catalan, Sociology of Global Processes and European Integration. European Integration, his favorite course, introduced him to a whole new business perspective. During the course, he learned how to create and market a brand in the European Union, and he was able to walk away with both the knowledge of how to do it, as well as the physical results of the project.

“The class was an overview of what’s happening in the European Union and how countries are coming together economically,” he said. “The overall experience of being able to take business classes in the European Union perspective is very different than the American perspective.”

This new outlook helped Novotny learn how to adjust living in another country. Because of this, he saw the exchange program as a stepping stone when he made the decision to also attend graduate school abroad.

“I knew I was going to have a tryout for the soccer team at Leeds Beckett University in Northern England while I was in Barcelona,” he said. “So I went over there, saw the soccer facilities and toured the school, and everything fell into place.” He will begin pursuing his MBA and play semi-pro soccer in August.

Through his trip abroad, Novotny was able to step out of his comfort zone and broaden his view of the world, all while finishing his undergraduate coursework and choosing where he will pursue his graduate degree.

“You’ll never get a better opportunity to experience something so amazing and life changing as you do with this program,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what your major is, you’ll be able to learn lessons that you can apply anywhere in your life, regardless of what you study.”

For more information about Aurora University global study opportunities, visit aurora.edu/studyabroad.