Korean Students Study American Business Through LETU
Mon, Jul 21 2008
Twelve Korean students from Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea are studying
American business through a joint-venture internship between HGU and LeTourneau University. The
students are spending four weeks in the U.S. in a course titled, "Global Industrial Field
Experience in America."
The students, mostly juniors and seniors, come from a variety of disciplines including
architecture, urban planning, business, international studies, economics, psychology, engineering,
computer science and international law. Most have double majors.
They are participating in an international course to give them global industrial insight with
American business. In the three weeks the students have been in Longview, they have visited four
factories and done research on how local businesses might expand operations in to Asian markets.
"I have learned a lot from American business," said Jin Kim, a junior architecture and urban
planning major. "The management hierarchy in Korean business is more strict than here, but here it
is more creative."
Maria Park, who is majoring in business and international studies, said she found the
experience in the U.S. to be a challenge learning to communicate with team members who were all
from different majors.
"We’re here to experience a different field and to challenge ourselves," she said. "We had to
learn how to listen and accept our weaknesses. It was very instructive."
The students will make a formal presentation to local business this week before leaving
Longview Monday on their return trip to Korea.