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Ivy Tech students to study international business in Wales

June 23, 2011

BLOOMINGTON On July 1, eight Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington business students will travel to Treforest, Wales to study at the University of Glamorgan. The students are participating in Ivy Tech’s first study abroad course at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

The course, which runs for eight weeks, began on June 6. Students are spending the first four weeks of class at Ivy Tech Bloomington, two weeks in Wales, then returning to class at Ivy Tech Bloomington for the final two weeks of class.

Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart says that sending students abroad is line with the mission of the college. “By sending students on a study abroad trip, we are preparing them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become truly globally competitive in their careers,” Whikehart said.

While in Wales, students will spend part of their days in the classroom and the other part will be spent on field trips and visits to businesses in the area. Ivy Tech students will work together with the University of Glamorgan students on projects, and they will get one entire day of free time during the trip.

The dean of the school of business, Jim Heinzen, along with director of civic engagement at Ivy Tech, Chelsea Rood-Emmick, will accompany the students. “I think this is a great group of individuals, and they're going to learn a lot about international business and the international community,” Rood-Emmick said. “They will be living in the dorms and in class with the Welsh students.” 

This is the second international trip Ivy Tech Bloomington has taken, but its first trip across the pond to complete a course. In March, 14 students, two faculty members and two staff members from Ivy Tech traveled to Calnali, Mexico for Alternative Spring Break, where they performed service activities in small villages. It was the fourth year that Ivy Tech’s Center for Civic Engagement hosted an Alternative Spring Break trip.

Ivy Tech Study Abroad students

Andriya Hardy
Haley Horton
Jereme Badham
Jordan Harris
Kristine Pemberton
Melana Hott
Michael Wells
Richard Temple

Additionally, this fall, Ivy Tech will offer five new courses in business focused on entrepreneurship. Those course topics include Entrepreneur and the Enterprise, Entrepreneurial Marketing and Market Research, Venture Growth and Development, Financial Management for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Tax and Finance.

If you would like to support students for future international study or service programs, contact the Ivy Tech Foundation at (812) 330-6067, or email

For more information about Ivy Tech’s business administration course options, visit or call 1-888-IVY-LINE (489-4563).

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.