Susquehanna University: A Focused, Global Undergraduate Experience
In a competitive global marketplace, students with an international education continue to stand out in the post-graduation job search. A platform for both personal and professional development, study abroad has become a crucial component of global citizenship. Still, less than 20% of students who graduate from US universities pursue education abroad.
At Susquehanna University, a unique and prestigious undergraduate institution in central Pennsylvania, the study abroad experience is not only supported, it is required for all students.
A Strong Business Focus
With a faculty to student ratio of 1:12 and AACSB accreditation for the Sigmund Weis School of Business, the university is grounded in academic excellence. The faculty brings real-world experience into the classroom, including business plan competitions; an investment laboratory with Bloomberg terminals; and visits to businesses and nonprofits in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
An impressive 80% of Susquehanna students complete internships while enrolled. A strong alumni network provides many of these professional opportunities to students. Nearly all accounting majors complete 150 credits allowing them to sit for the CPA exam. Upon graduation, students are well on their way to a professional certification.
Opportunities Abound! State-side Trips to Study Abroad Programs
For students looking to travel and enrich their educational experience in other countries, there are a variety of options through the school’s Global Opportunities program—ranging from shorter cultural trips in the US and abroad to semesters around the world.
Each semester the business school features a London program in which students study with faculty members in the financial capital of the world. The program, which accepts 20 to 25 students, is highly experiential. With an emphasis on cross-cultural learning, there are many activities and side-trips planned including the chance to visit Prague and work with an international client.
Student Support and Success
With practical, real-world experience on a global level, students are consistently finding success upon leaving Susquehanna. “Within six months of graduation, 96% of our students in the business school are employed across all majors,” said VP for Enrollment and Marketing, Madeleine Rhyneer.
The university also offers a competency-based ESL program which prepares students to enter their undergraduate classes confidently, without a TOEFL requirement. The campus is fully residential, with housing provided for all four years. The setup is ideal for international students who may choose residence halls or independent apartments for housing.
Susquehanna looks to the future with partnerships and exchanges with Brazil’s universities as a part of a new strategic plan. “We are greatly expanding our global reach as we internationalize our campus and our student body. That’s why we have been thinking a lot about South America and particularly Brazil,” concluded Ms. Rhyneer.