My Portugal Experience

Guest Post By: Ariogni Suarez, a Foster MBA Candidate. She is a Global Business Center Study Abroad Scholarship Recipient, and she studied abroad through a Study Tour to Portugal, during Winter Quarter 2023.

Embarking on an educational journey to Portugal, accompanied by the knowledgeable Professor Andy and a group of enthusiastic MBA students, was an unforgettable experience. This vibrant European country, known for its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and thriving business environment, offered us a unique opportunity to delve into the intricate blend of Portuguese culture and its ever-evolving business landscape.  Our journey was an exploration of Portugal’s thriving business and cultural environment. Professor Andy skillfully guided us through a series of enlightening company visits and engaging workshops. From established multinational corporations to innovative startups, we had the privilege of witnessing the diversity and dynamism of Portugal’s business landscape. The vibrant cities of Lisbon and Porto were inspiring by the dedication and creativity of the tile textures, culture, and businesses across the country.

We had the opportunity to engage with influential industry leaders such as the mayor and CEO’s during networking events and panel discussions. These interactions not only expanded our knowledge of Portugal’s business practices but also provided us with valuable insights into the global market trends and emerging opportunities. While our primary focus was on business, we recognized that understanding a country’s culture is equally crucial to comprehend its economic landscape fully. Portugal, with its captivating history, warm people, and breathtaking landscapes, offered a treasure of cultural experiences.