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Josh Oltman

Josh Oltman
My name’s Josh and currently, I’m a senior going to school at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs studying international business. This past summer of 2018 I went abroad with IBS on the Summer Europe trip where we went to 6 countries in 23 days! Before choosing IBS I had already been to Europe a couple of times with family for vacation/exchange program, so being out of the country wasn’t much of a worry for me. For this last year, I finally knew it was time to go abroad for school credit and asked around for programs that would be a good fit for me. After a number of professors, alumni, and professional friends told me about their individual experiences with IBS I knew that this program was meant for me.
When it comes to hobbies, I spend a lot of time outside since I am a Colorado native meaning I’m either out hiking or playing soccer, or in the gym in my free time. During the seminar, my favorite time abroad was in England when we were able to meet with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A lot of what we talked about with the group was information that I’ve been studying for the past 3 years in my major, so it was definitely the peak of my trip!

Hear more directly from Josh:

Why did you choose your IBS vs. any other study abroad program?

I chose the Summer Europe Seminar with IBS after multiple conversations that I had with professors and advisors from my university. Each of them had their own experience with different seminars so not all of them gave me similar stories. The general consensus coming from each of my professors and advisors showed me that they all had great experiences and said it was beyond worth it. Other than in-person recommendations, IBS was able to put me in contact with their past alumni as well. Some of the alumni I talked with gave me great insights on what to expect when it came to costs, day trips, as well as ways to make sure I get the most out of the seminar.

If you had 60 seconds to convince a friend to attend an IBS program, what would you say?

If I had to sum up this program in 60 seconds, I’d really just say that you get to explore a number of countries with a great company who really strives to give you everything that you need in order to be successful in whatever way you see fit. They’re constantly there to help while also giving you the freedom to go out and figure out your own adventures.

What did you learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

A lot of what I learned while abroad is to constantly ask questions no matter how uncomfortable you are. You’ll be put into a number of situations where you have no idea what is going on, and the best way to get past it involves making a smile and being polite. No matter where you go, if you put in the effort to be cordial and talk in that domestic language you’re bound to meet some amazing people. In total it was definitely worthwhile.

If you have any questions email me at: jaoltman@gmail.com