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International Study Abroad Scholarship Why study abroad Does globalization ring a bell The reality of todays world is our interdependence on one another both economically and socially As time passes we find that no country can be economically independent or socially exclusive especially here in the United States where there is a plethora of cultural identities Countries have discovered that they are not self-sufficient Perhaps in the past it would not have been so necessary to learn the skills required to deal with cultural and language differences but today globalization has changed that fact Nowadays the business workforce needs to be trained in dealing with the cultural and language differences among the world I as an international trade major believe that going to France would provide me with these essential skills in order to be more valuable to my employer If somebody wants to be a successful businessperson that person must be able to communicate efficiently in the language of that country We have to remember that we are living in a world that is changing from independent to interdependent Languages are becoming as important as any other subject in school Cultural understanding is also important Business people know that every country has a different mechanism to do business In my country Venezuela we do not like to do business with somebody that we just met In order for any businessperson to have a successful business in my country they have to meet several times until they are familiar with the person that they are doing business with In addition some cultures are more resistant to change than others In France there was a big controversy about the McDonalds opened in Paris French resisted to it because it was very different from their customs They thought that France was going to be Americanized and they wanted to keep their culture intact Businesspeople are faced with the task to smooth these differences to do
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