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More than a dozen students in the BSIB-Spain program met with Emilio Botin, center, the executive chairman of Banco Santander, a Madrid-based financial services company. In the spring of 2010, Northeastern signed a gift agreement with The Santander Group that allowed the university to expand the BSIB program to Brazil.
As part of the Bachelor of Science in International Business program, Dan Schlemovitz spent his senior year in Madrid studying at a private university and doing co-op with a Paris-based global insurance group. He took classes with students from all over the world, including France, Germany, Italy, and Ireland, and made more than two dozen lifelong friends from Europe.
“It was the best year of my life,” Schlemovitz said, noting his affinity for the Spanish language and culture. “It had always been my dream to go to Spain.”
Schlemovitz will graduate this semester and was among more than a dozen students in the BSIB-Spain program who gathered in the Visitor Center on Tuesday afternoon. The young global citizens discussed their international experiences over light fare and then met with President Joseph E. Aoun and Emilio Botín, the executive chairman of Banco Santander, a Madrid-based financial services company.
The BSIB program, established in 1994, offers students an opportunity to both study and work overseas in the language of their host country, building upon the university’s strength in experiential education. By training students to become future global managers, the program develops highly qualified professionals who bring a more competitive edge in world markets to U.S. corporations.
Nicholas Athanassiou, the academic director of the program since 2003, compared the maturity level of students before and after participating in the international portion of the program. “It’s astonishing,” he said. “They leave as young college students and come back as polished adults.”