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Pasmo and Sucio and Convenience in Japan

Written by Justin Chandler

Tokyo, Japan - February 24, 2015

The Pasmo card is revolutionizing more than just public transportation in Japan.

Justin Chandler is an International MBA candidate studying Japanese in Tokyo, Japan during his language immersion. This piece has been adapted from a class assignment for Comparative International Systems, a course started in South Carolina and continued while abroad. A part of daily life for many Japanese is a daily commute that includes public transportation by train and subway… Read more »

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Brazil’s Marketplaces – Group Post

Written by IMBA Student

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - August 28, 2014

Rio de Janeiro at Dusk

Photo by Carlos Ortega (Flickr) under a Creative Commons License.

As part of the immersion program, International MBA students work with Moore School professors to explore and investigate local marketplaces as a way to learn more about the culture and business practices of a country. The Portuguese trackers in Rio de Janeiro selected a wide variety of markets. By combining their introductory posts together, we… Read more »

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French Identity and Shifting Regional Policies

Written by Kristin Rhebergen

Claremont-Ferrand, France - August 28, 2014

Francois Hollande in 2012. Photo by Mathieu Delmestre / Solfé Communications (Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Kristin Rhebergen is an International MBA candidate studying French in Clermont-Ferrand during her language immersion. This piece has been adapted from a class assignment for Comparative International Systems, a course started in South Carolina and continued while abroad.  Recently, the socialist government of France announced a plan to reduce the number of regions (roughly the… Read more »

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“Dime” – Dealing with Spanish Directness

Written by Ilke Mcaliley

- August 27, 2014

Photo by Paco Novelty (Wikimedia Commons)

Ilke Mcaliley is an International MBA candidate studying Spanish in Salamanca, Spain during her language immersion. This piece has been adapted from a class assignment for Comparative International Systems, a course started in South Carolina and continued while abroad. The first thing I do in a new place is get a table with a good… Read more »

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Are All Latinos Extroverts?

Written by Kate Williams

Guadalajara, Mexico - July 2, 2014

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Kate Williams is an International MBA candidate studying Spanish in Guadalajara, Mexico during her language immersion. This piece has been adapted from a class assignment for Comparative International Systems, a course started in South Carolina and continued while abroad.

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Behind the Brazilian Smile

Written by IMBA Student

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 2, 2014

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I recently came across some research from the PewResearchGroup entitled “Brazilian Discontent Ahead of the World Cup.” For some non-Brazilians it’s hard to understand why any Brazilian would be unhappy just days before the start of hosting the world’s biggest soccer competition. For as much as Brazilians do love soccer – and they love soccer… Read more »

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11 Things I Noticed Between Rio and Sao Paulo.

Written by IMBA Student

- July 2, 2014

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Chocolate vs Vanilla. East coast vs West coast. Yankees vs Red Sox. Sao Paulo vs Rio de Janeiro? Yes, the rivalry between Brazil’s two most well known metropolises is a bitter one. Each city makes fun of the other’s accent, personality, way of life, etc. Let’s just say that the “Cariocas” (from Rio) don’t get… Read more »

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The Republic of South Brazil

Written by Scott Wyly

- July 2, 2014

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During our Easter Break, I flew down to Florianopolis in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. Florianopolis was highly recommended by my Brazilian friends, but I didn’t know what to expect other than famous beaches.

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Family for Family: Super Taco Tomas in Mexico

Written by Oliver Wolfe

- July 2, 2014

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Oliver Wolfe is an International MBA candidate studying Spanish in Guadalajara, Mexico during his language immersion. This piece has been adapted from a class assignment for Comparative International Systems, a course started in South Carolina and continued while abroad.

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Being Indian in Mexico and France

Written by Komal Gupta and Krithika Kumbakaran

- July 2, 2014

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Komal Gupta is an International MBA candidate studying Spanish in Guadalajara, Mexico during her language immersion. This piece has been adapted from a class assignment for Comparative International Systems, a course started in South Carolina and continued while abroad. Krithika Kumbakaran is an International MBA candidate studying French in Clermont-Ferrand during her language immersion. This piece has been adapted from a class assignment for Comparative International Systems, a course started in South Carolina and continued while abroad.

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