During this study abroad program, students will learn about business practices in South America. Participants will engage with local students at the University of Chile through a shared seminar led by our faculty. The UGA group will also travel to Peru. They will experience the unique cultures and enterprises of this part of the world through city tours, company visits, factory tours, cultural activities, a service project, and excursions. Orientation sessions for this program will be held during the Spring semester.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Santiago, Chile
- Lima, Peru
- Machu Picchu, Peru (Optional - not included in program fee)
May 8 - June 1, 2017
Dr. Craig Piercy
Recipient of the 2016 Terry Instructional Excellence Award
December 31, 2016
I had the opportunity to study business this summer in South America with the Terry College. Our trip included VIP visits to a winery, a multinational oil corporation, one of the world’s largest miners of tin and copper, among others. We were briefed on the Chile’s political, social, and economic realities by Ted Bryan, a Georgia native and the Head Economic Director of the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. While in Peru, the Chief Economic Analyst for the American Chamber of Commerce in Lima briefed us on Peru’s economy and the nature of U.S.-Peruvian trade relations.
In both countries we learned how free, open markets have lifted people out of extreme poverty and created vibrant metropolises in each country’s capital. Moreover, our classes informed us of the risk management culture and practices employed in South America as well as the various insurance markets.
Although we learned a lot through direct instruction, the real value of studying abroad is added through experiencing the day-to-day environment of your host country. It’s encountering a problem, reviewing your options, and pursing the most appropriate solution.
The last leg of our journey was a flight from Cusco to our new temporary home in Lima, Peru. We flew over the picturesque highlands, past the mysterious jungle, and landed in Lima. When we landed, I looked in my bag for my phone to text my Dad that we had landed safely; it was nowhere to be found. I must have mistakenly left it Cusco. I did my best to act normally, after all, this was no one’s fault but my own.
After we arrived at our hotel in the heart of the Miraflores district, some of my friends and I walked to a nearby lifestyle center, Larco del Mar. It was a mixed use retail center built into the side of a cliff, overlooking the ocean. After we had a quick lunch, I left my group to buy a phone. I came across a CoolBox store (licensed by RadioShack) and bought the cheapest smartphone they had (it only cost me $40 USD).
But my journey was not over, I still needed to buy a SIM card that would allow me to connect my phone to a carrier’s network. I started walking back to our hotel and stopped into a supermarket a few blocks away. I bought a Claro SIM card and added 40 Nuevo Soles to it. I went back to the hotel to call my Dad; however, the phone would not allow me to call internationally. I decided to go to a mobile phone bodega that I had seen outside the grocery store. There, a mother and daughter helped me for about an hour. During that hour, they gave me her phone so that I could call my Father and explain to him the situation. Because of their altruism and determination, we eventually found out that I needed at least 50 Nuevo Soles on my Claro SIM card to call internationally. So I went into the grocery store, recharged my SIM card, and called my Dad. Later that evening, I bought the mother and daughter team a box of chocolates as a gift expressing my gratitude for their help. And for the next week and a half we were in Lima, I said hello to them each time I passed by their bodega.
These days losing your phone is akin to losing contact with your network, especially in another country, where no one speaks your native tongue. Just a few years ago, my anxiety in this situation would have had me bedridden for days. I would not have had the confidence to communicate effectively and purposefully in Spanish, much less to navigate a completely new city, searching for that elusive unlocked GSM phone.
Nonetheless, this trip has taught me that you will face hurdles in life. You will face them in unfamiliar, even hostile environments. Yet, these moments of difficulty define who you are: will they make you or will they break you?
This particular experience has stuck with me because it is a testament to my resilience in the face of adversity. My experience studying abroad equipped me with the skillset necessary to thrive in whatever circumstance. This trip has given me the confidence to define my goals and pursue them unapologetically, overcoming any obstacle or distraction that comes my way. It is not a matter of ability, but of courage, perseverance, and strength.Joseph Berrios, Risk Management and Insurance Major
I am so grateful for the opportunity to visit some places that are less talked about. Santiago is one of the coolest cities I've ever visited, and we really started to feel at home in Chile. Peru was equally amazing, and Machu Picchu could not be beat. These places gave us the best that nature has to offer: snow-capped Andes, beautiful vineyards and breathtaking ocean views. Visiting companies in various industries there has helped me to see how many of the concepts we learn in Terry play out in the global economy. The best parts of the trip, however, were creating relationships with our professors, peers and local guides—there's something about international travel that unites people quickly. This trip gave me a new found love for South American culture, and I have every intention of going back.Madeline Davis, Finance Major
UGA Honors Program
Leonard Leadership Scholar
Gamma Phi Beta Education Vice President
The Terry in South America Program was truly life altering! In my opinion, there is no other study abroad opportunity that can provide both the aesthetic and educational value that this program did. From climbing the sacred ruins of Machu Picchu to sitting in a boardroom with CEOs of multinational corporations, the Terry courses brought together practical business concepts with the rich cultural exposure that make the program truly unique. My personal highlights from the trip include reflecting on the crystal clear Laguna Inca and receiving career advice directly from the CEO of Deloitte Peru.Iqbal Khan, Management Information Systems and International Business Major
Institute for Leadership Advancement Fellow
Phi Delta Theta Vice President