College '23 Justin McArdle

SA: Bocconi University, Italy


  • SA: Bocconi University, Italy

Ask me about...

  • Studying in a city where you do not know the local language.

  • Traveling extensively for the first time.

  • Being the first person in your family to study abroad.

  • Fitting a semester abroad with graduating a semester early.

My Experience Abroad:

At Penn, my Economics courses usually focus on theories that apply to developed countries, with a particularly strong focus on the United States. Studying abroad provided ample opportunities to take courses to supplement this knowledge by analyzing Economics from a global perspective. This allowed me to break out of the US-focused theory and become a more well-rounded economist. I was also able to take a course unlike anything offered at Penn: Management of Fashion Companies. Experiencing Milan through one of its most important and recognizable industries truly enhanced my abroad experience.

Other Highlights:

  • Traveling to 21 cities in 12 countries on 2 different continents.

  • Seeing friends from Penn studying in different cities.

  • Visiting Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick's Day.

  • Celebrating my birthday in Prague, Czechia.

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