January 5, 2011

An Accounting Major's Adventures in Australia

UNL College of Business undergraduate student Tyler Keffeler recently proved that being an accounting major can indeed be quite an adventure. Keffeler spent five months studying and interning in Sydney, Australia and was able to combine the wonders of living in a new exotic location with the challenge of working at a rigorous academic institution. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

“It was by far one of the most eye opening, exhilarating, and adventurous times of my life,” said Keffeler. “I was able to intern at an accelerated degree institution called Aces Centre College located in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District. My internship consisted of creating class and test material for two accounting courses that the college offers. I also was in charge of contacting and building relationships with American Universities on behalf of Aces Centre with the goal of establishing global academic ties that would help students who studied at Aces Centre transfer credit to those American Universities.”

Keffeler worked closely with the CEO of Aces Centre College on all of his assigned projects. Soaking up the working knowledge of how everything operated with the added perspective of doing it in another country was priceless. So were the excursions to other locations throughout Australia.

“Flexible hours at my internship and with my courses at Macquarie University located in North Sydney allowed me to travel extensively throughout Australia and abroad. I was able to travel and spend time in Fiji, New Zealand, Tasmania, Queensland, and even dive with Great White sharks off the coast of South Australia.”

Participating in the study abroad program is something Keffeler encourages all students to try. To learn more about study abroad opportunities visit the College of Business study abroad web page at http://cba.unl.edu/programs/special/studyabroad/.