This is the first article in the series, “A Quid for Your Thoughts,” written by members of the MBA 568:  Study Abroad in London course. The series captures reflections from students’ study abroad experience to the United Kingdom over spring break of 2024.

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The Spring class of MBA 568 is on the ground in London! Our first ‘day’ began on the afternoon of Friday, March 1 at the Concordia University Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center where the CUW students left for Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and our Ann Arbor students set out to meet us there. Our group of 22 students and two professors, Dr. Scott Niederjohn and Dr. Tom Scholz, settled in for our night in the air. Only eight “short” hours after our 6:30 PM (CST) departure, we safely landed at London Heathrow Airport at about 8:30 AM local time on Saturday, March 2. Even though we have quite a large group, we all moved through customs quickly to make our way into the United Kingdom.

We were greeted by some English rain, but found ourselves sightseeing through puddles and sunshine. Our main form of transportation for the week will be the infamous London Underground, also called The Tube! The Tube brought us to our starting point at Big Ben as we waited for out hotel room to be free and we made our way through Westminster, St. James’ Park, up to Buckingham Palace, and then ended at Trafalgar Square for some lunch. Fish and chips were on the menu at Admirality Pub!

While we are in the United Kingdom, each student group is preparing a final presentation focused on a self-selected topic related to the British economy. The evening of our first day presented opportunities for each group to do their own research, going on their own adventures throughout London, and collecting first-hand knowledge about their topics. Most importantly, we will be resting to prepare for seven more days of learning in the UK!

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This course is one of the student offerings of the Concordia University Free Enterprise Center.  Students met on-campus for the first eight weeks of this semester learning about the economy, government, politics, and culture of the United Kingdom.  The course concludes with this trip over spring break to London with a day in Cambridge at Westfield House.  

Concordia offers 500-plus study abroad programs in 48 different countries. Students have the opportunity to see the world and experience new places and people, while earning their degree from CUW. Expand your horizons and perspective, and gain professional benefits from exposure to new cultures.

—This story is written by MBA students Brian Williams, Cristina Stinson, and Jessica Anderson at Concordia University Wisconsin. We are currently on a week-long trip to the United Kingdom as part of our MBA 568 business course.