2017 FLEAP – study international business and accounting FAR FAR away!

FLEAP is the term Robert Morris uses for study abroad – it stands for Faculty-Led Educational Abroad Program. In May 2017, 26 RMU students took part in this trip with me ~ exploring Japan and Taiwan for 14 days. Although I have been doing this program at my previous institution for many times, the first time at running it at RMU still gives me many gray hairs. Fortunately I received many help from KPMG, PwC, IFRS Foundation, and National Chung Hsing University to make this trip another success.

Running a trip like this is a lot of work – however, nothing can beat the sense of satisfaction and achievement when students wrote:

I am thankful for the many experiences we had in both countries and for the new friends I have made during the trip. We had various opportunities and meetings that normal tourists to Japan and Taiwan wouldn’t be able to experience. Both the educational visits and cultural excursions were interesting in different ways. I learned a lot about business cultures in different countries and how important culture is in the workplace. This will definitely be beneficial in my future career. 
From someone who had hardly even left Pittsburgh, to becoming a world traveler, I have learned many valuable lessons. I think my favorite, and the most important lesson that I learned is that being open-minded can change your life. I thought I was open-minded prior to the trip, but how could I have been when I had never been anywhere? This trip was exhausting, both mentally and physically, but now I have an understanding of how the world outside of the United States works, and that to me is invaluable. I would like to thank my professors who organized and chaperoned this trip. I don’t know how you did it, but you managed to keep all of us safe and sound while still having some fun.
It has been just an amazing trip.  These have been two of the best weeks of my life.  Dr’s. Peng and Lin did just a phenomenal job putting this trip together.  Certainly not something I could have done.  I will never forget these experiences, the friends I have made and the sights I have seen.  Trips like this really make you appreciate everything we have that so often we take for granted.  I hope that I become a better person because of this trip because I feel like it can certainly have that kind of impact.  

I enjoy traveling with these 26 juniors and seniors – they represent the best of the best in the RMU’s Accounting Program. Everyone was eager to learn, try, and explore everything around them. Sometimes I felt bad that I had to give them so many instructions telling them what to do and said so many “NOs”, but they all took it with smiles. Simply a wonderful group! This program was also supported by many folks at home – they cover our backs!

Here is the collection of student blogs: https://sites.google.com/view/fleapblogs/