Inside SUNY: an interview with former student Patricio Jousset, from the Strategic Thinking course

Want to know what it’s like to take a course at the State University of New York? We talked to Patricio Jousset, a student of the Strategic Thinking course from the class of January 2020, who told us a little about his experience in New York, about the course and the university.

Continue reading to see the full interview.

  • Patricio, tell us a little about yourself, your background and nationality. Also, how did you discover IBS Americas?

    My name is Patricio Jousset, I am a Public Accountant, I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I discovered the school through UCA – the Catholic University of Argentina.
  • How was the experience of studying with people of different nationalities for you? How do you think that helped you personally and professionally?

    It was certainly an excellent experience that completely changed the way I saw things, opened my mind, and helped me develop more flexibility in both my personal and professional life.
  • Which companies did you visit? How was the experience? What subjects did you talk about with the executives and what were you able to take from these conversations?

    I visited General Electric and Plug Power.

    The experience was really great, as the executives at the two companies gave us an overview of the different business units and answered all our questions related to several areas such as Finance, Strategy or Marketing.

    What I learned from these meetings was that the two companies base their success on medium and long-term Strategic Planning. In turn, this has helped me a lot to apply this knowledge in SUNY’s case studies.
  • What about the routine, how did you organize studying and enjoying your free time? What did you do during those times?

    After classes, during the week, I read the material that we were going to see the next day to be well-prepared and able to enjoy the case studies better.

    On the weekend I took the opportunity to visit other places. I got to know the city of Albany, went out with classmates, and traveled to Manhattan, where I went to see a NY Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. It was an unforgettable experience!
  • What is the structure of SUNY? What did you have access to inside and what were the classrooms and equipment like?

    The structure of the university is excellent. Not only the building infrastructure, but also the cordiality of the people who work there (teachers, coordinators and administrative staff). Everything was at our disposal, designed so that our only concern was to study.
  • What course did you choose? How was the dynamics of the classes and what are the proposed challenges?

    I chose the Strategic Thinking course. In the classes, we analyzed business cases of different companies and gave our opinion and point of view on the decisions and strategies taken by the management of these companies.

As a final assignment, we formed teams, chose a company and had to present it as if we were its executives, covering all areas (Strategy, Finance, Marketing, etc.).

It was definitely a great way to learn and study.

  • After having completed this course and had this experience, what are the differentials you believe you’ve developed in relation to other professionals in the market?

    I think the differential in relation to those who have not gone through this experience is having studied at a university in the United States, living daily life in English in a multicultural environment. This added a lot of value as a professional and was important to improving my curriculum as well.

    On the other hand, apart from the purely academic side, the most important differential for me is the fact of sharing each day of your life with people of different nationalities, learning about each person’s culture. This is certainly an important resource that I’ve brought back with me.

Patricio, the IBS Americas team thanks you for taking part in the interview for our Blog and wishes you a lot of success and achievements in your professional career.

If you are interested in this experience and want to have the opportunity to study at SUNY, register for the selection process for the classes of July 2022 or January 2023. Scholarships are exclusive for the six short courses (3 weeks).

The United States reopens borders and foreigners can now resume travel plans

Almost two years after the first case of COVID-19 and after months of closed borders, the United States has announced the end of most travel restrictions for this month and is reopening the doors for foreigners.

As of November 8, 2021, fully immunized traveler with World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines may enter the country. Authorities still request negative PCR testing to be performed up to 3 days before the trip, among other measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

It is still necessary to plan your trip well, as each of the procedures to be taken takes time and attention, and there is still a waiting line for obtaining the American visa.

IBS Americas Classes in 2022

With the reopening of the American borders, we will already have classes in January and July 2022. If you have applied and been approved, make sure you have the IBS Americas contacts and login to access the Student Portal. And be sure to follow the instructions for your trip.

Students enrolled and confirmed for January classes, attending the SUNY Albany and SUNY New Paltz universities in New York, California State University and the University of La Verne in California, are already in the process of preparation, with materials available on the Student Portal and in the pre-trip meetings.

For students confirmed for the classes in July 2022, the preparation will begin in February.

How does the preparation of IBS Americas students work?

All students enrolled in short courses at IBS Americas partner universities undergo intense travel preparation. The goal is to make the most of the program and the trip, from the first day abroad.

The preparation area, led by Professor João Guerreiro, Academic Director of IBS Americas, assists students in obtaining an American visa, choosing accommodation, transportation and food options, pre-trip study materials and English testing, among several other details.

This preparation is composed of certain steps:

  1. Access to the Student Portal

As soon as participation in the trip is confirmed, the participant receives the login details to the Student Portal, which is the main means of communication with the IBS Americas preparation area. This is where all the indispensable materials for the trip are available, as well as any notices.

2. Passport and visa information

This is the first information available on the Portal. IBS Americas provides guidelines, documents, and many tips for obtaininga  Visa at the American Consulate that serves your region.

3. Preparatory first meeting

In the first meeting, which is held online, all the information on the trip, the course and the university are presented in detail, in addition to the materials that are available for consultation on the Portal.

4. Information about accommodations, tickets, optional visits, health insurance and English testing

The second phase of information includes processes that the student needs to fulfill within the stipulated deadlines so as not to have problems when boarding, such as obtaining health insurance and taking the English test. The student receives information about options of places to stay, transportation tips, food and information about visits to companies at this time.

Note: In the current pandemic scenario, universities may have restrictions on visits, so it is important to monitor each stage of your trip in the student portal.

5. Second preparatory meeting

In this meeting, also held online, a review of the entire process, confirmation of dates, and details of activities foreseen in the program are  carried out, as well as information relevant to boarding and to the beginning of the classes.

6. Sending additional university information and a general checklist

This is the last step before the trip! At this time, students are given the latest relevant information about the trip, such as additional preparatory readings, optional visits, dates and times of ceremonies and other details to make everything work.

What are the most valuable tips that the preparation area has for students?

  • Check the Student Portal! This is your main source of information about the trip.
  • Keep the IBS Americas contact at hand and clear up any questions that may arise.
  • Comply with deadlines in the organization of documents. This prevents you from running the risk of problems while traveling.
  • Sort things out in advance, leave nothing until the last minute, so you have peace of mind!
  • Only buy the ticket and accommodation after the approval of the visa. There is an order of the steps, and it is important to follow them in order to avoid problems.
  • Before the trip, in addition to using the preparatory materials sent, seek knowledge in the area you are going to study and study English! Enjoy the experience to the fullest and take the time to prepare well for your trip!

So, are you interested in taking a course abroad? Enrollment for the classes of 2022 and 2023 is open and you can learn more about the universities and courses and also take part in the selection process for scholarships of up to 50%!

Still, have questions about travel programs and preparation? Contact us at