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Patricia de Llano, Spain
Business Administration Diploma Program

Patricia de Llano remembers her longtime dream to live and study in the United States. After studying in the IDP Business Administration program and completing an internship with the San Francisco Center for Economic Development, de Llano is now a product manager for a Silicon Valley startup company.

De Llano's IDP business administration certificate complements her master's in engineering: "The IDP was the perfect fit for my aspirations," she says. "Managed by a world-leading university, [IDP's] curriculum was very well positioned to complete my business education and to [broaden] my vision of the world." De Llano continues, "Besides, since IDP is like a little United Nations, I was also attracted by the fact of being in class with people from all over the world."

IDP internships provide applied business learning to a real-world setting, and de Llano's experience testifies to this fact. "I participated actively during my internship, and I created, modeled, and published a comparison of business attractiveness in the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas," de Llano says. Her comparison is now a valuable resource for the San Francisco Center for Economic Development.

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Sunny Wong, United States and Hong Kong
Project Management Diploma Program

Looking ahead to graduate school, Sunny Wong wants to add business experience to his résumé in order to enhance his education. Holding a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Portland State University in Oregon, Wong is enrolled in Project Management. Although he has not yet applied for an internship, he already knows where he wants to work and is fine-tuning his résumé with help from his IDP instructors.

For Wong, IDP allows him to broaden his educational training—beyond the liberal arts—and gain on-the-job experience through a four-month internship before attending graduate school. Wong explains: "You do want to feel [what] the real world is [like]. You want to [understand]…the local cultures, how people work…how they associate with each other in the industry. Working and studying…are totally different." For IDP students, the internship bridges this gap, making learning relevant and meaningful.

Actively involved in several student organizations, Wong encourages future IDP students to join UC Berkeley student clubs. The campus has hundreds of organizations—from academic organizations to personal hobbies—that offer students the chance to make new friends and gain additional leadership skills.
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Jaime Buigues, Spain
MBT in Global Business Management and Project Management

Having completed the IDP's Management and Business Track (MBT) in Global Business Management and Project Management, Jaime Buigues is now completing his internship with Shaklee Corporation.

Buigues has a bachelor's degree in business administration and experience working for the Disney Channel and Citroën in his home country of Spain. "After having finished my formal education seven years ago, I thought it was the right moment to update my education," Buigues says, noting that studying at Extension enabled him to not only update his education but also apply to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. IDP's level of academic intensity still impresses him. "I expected to be more like a typical student [who] is in the class, [who] is listening to the teacher, taking notes, and then having a test, and that's it," he says. "There's a lot of interaction, a lot activities, a lot of projects, a lot of presentations—but it's very good."

Buigues is pleased that some of the best aspects of the IDP are the students' relationships with their instructors. "I was surprised because the very first thing [the instructors] give to us is their phone number, their e-mail contact, everything," he says. "And they tell us the very first day, 'Whenever you have a problem, contact me. If not in the program, after the program.' And you always think, 'Okay, this is a typical thing [for instructors to] say.' But it's true. You really can contact them after your program, and they are there for you."
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Neha Taleja, India
MBT in International Business and Finance

Neha Taleja has a bachelor's in management science and post-graduate diploma in public relations and event management from India. But after working for three years in the business world, "I came to a point where I started feeling complacent," she says. "That's when I decided maybe it's time for me to go back to school. … And that's where IDP was the perfect program to find what else can I do."

An alumna of IDP's year-long Management and Business Track (MBT), Taleja relishes the experience of studying global business management, learning finance, and exercising that training through an internship at Merrill Lynch—in the heart of the financial crisis. "I got the opportunity to be in the shoes of a financial analyst and do the things that they would do," she says. "My mentors were great!"

Today, Taleja is successfully employed as a finance content developer for Aplia in Belmont, CA. "It speaks for itself that [the] IDP programs train you in such a way that they not only make you comfortable with the American culture—with the American work environment—but also help you become academically proficient so that you can go out there and find your dream job," she says. "Working in the U.S. is so awesome!"

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Joana Slebe, Chile
MBT in Global Business Management and Finance

In just a few short months, Joana Slebe has made friends and contacts with people from all over the world, something that surprises and pleases her. Slebe, who brings a background in business administration from her native Chile, is a student in the Management and Business Track (MBT) program.

Slebe explains that the MBT program attracted her because it combines studying and working in another country, a combination that she knows is critical for business success. "For me, this is the most valuable thing," she says.

In addition, for Slebe, the MBT program is more valuable than an M.B.A. because it allows her to specialize in her main area of interest: finance. In one short year, she can complete her studies, acquire in-depth knowledge in finance, and gain valuable work experience in the United States. Slebe knows that working in the U.S. will help her when she returns to Chile, because employers will be confident about her English language skills—not to mention her Berkeley certificate.

And there's one more thing Slebe is enthusiastic about concerning her IDP experience: "In the U.S., students are an important part of the class. You participate and engage in class discussion." Slebe is referring to student-centric classrooms in the U.S., where discussion and debate among the students and instructor are valued and encouraged. "It's different from my previous studies," she says smiling, "and it's a very good experience."

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Caroline Sugiharto, Indonesia
Project Management Diploma Program

Caroline Sugiharto's IDP experience is a dream come true. After finishing her internship with Shaklee Corporation, a wellness and nutrition company, she accepted a full-time position with Shaklee as a project manager in the Nutrition department.

In early 2009, Sugiharto was researching master's programs when she learned about Extension's IDP. She discovered that IDP offers competitive business curricula that take less time to complete than traditional graduate programs. She also discovered that IDP provides an opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace through an internship program. This convinced the career-minded Sugiharto that IDP's Project Management program was the best choice for her.

After completing her coursework, Sugiharto was selected for an internship with Shaklee Corporation. Sugiharto credits one IDP course in particular as very helpful to her. "The Business Negotiation course really helped me from the very beginning, from the start of my internship to the time I negotiated my salary for my job to my day-to-day dealings at Shaklee," she says.

Sugiharto candidly admits that student success comes down to one thing: the student's initiative. "It's about how you pursue your goals, doing your best completing your assignments, learning from your instructor, and working at your internship," she says. "It's not enough to meet your employer's expectations; you must exceed their expectations." Her advice to future IDP students: "Everyone must have a dream. Once you know what you want, use all of your skills and passion to achieve it."

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Ramiro Antonio Balanta Idarraga, Colombia
Project Management Diploma Program

"I enrolled in the IDP program to complete my project manager certification within the technology industry—and Berkeley afforded me both," Idarraga says. The close proximity to Silicon Valley made me feel a part of this technological phenomenon. The IDP program is an opportunity to make new friends, learn from classmates with diverse professional experiences, and understand the global business environment. In other words, it's more than a program—it's a life experience."