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Alice means business after winning USA scholarship

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Alice means business after winning USA scholarship thumbnailAlice McElroy, from Strabane, a student at St Maryís University College, Belfast, who has been selected to take part in the British Councilís prestigious Study USA programme, where they will spend a year studying business in the USA.

STRABANE student, Alice McElroy, is jetting off to study business in the USA this month.

Alice, who is currently studying teaching at St Mary's University College, will soon be heading to Shenandoah Univeristy in Virginia after being selected to take part in the British Council's prestigious Study USA programme.

The 21-year-old recently received last minute advice and information at a pre-departure meeting in Belfast, before preparing for his year stateside.

Speaking about the experience, she said: "I firmly believe that life is for exploring, learning and experiencing new cultures. I can't wait to immerse myself in the American college life, embrace new challenges and make new friends.

"Although I am a student teacher who specialises in art and design, I really want to step outside my usual comfort zone and broaden my knowledge in business and management.

"One of my life goals is to write and illustrate my own children's books. Through studying Business in the USA I will develop a deeper understanding of marketing and finance to help fulfill this lifelong ambition."

She continued: "Study USA will not only greatly improve my future employability but will also have a positive impact upon every young person I will go on to educate and as such will influence not only me but also the next generation."

The British Council, which is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, manages Study USA on behalf of the Department for the Economy.

The scholarship programme enables students to study business and management for a year in American colleges, across 34 States, where they gain valuable international experience and business knowledge, helping to develop their career prospects when they return to Northern Ireland.

Since its formation in 1994, the initiative has sent over 1,800 students from Northern Ireland to all four corners of the United States where they have successfully completed a year studying.

Speaking about the programme was David Alderdice, director of the British Council Northern Ireland, said: "We know that the students departing for the US this year will be great ambassadors for Northern Ireland and will help to further long-term links and connections between our two countries.

"The students will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in their field and their future employability will be enhanced through internships, Ambassadorial presentations, and volunteer work in a really international context. Most importantly, our students will build links with counterparts in the United States that will last a lifetime."

Study USA is just one of many international opportunities available through British Council Northern Ireland. For more information visit http://nireland.britishcouncil.org, email opportunity@britishcouncil.org or follow on Twitter BCouncil_NI or Facebook

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