Growing up is tough. Whether we like it or not, we all get to a point in our lives when we have decisions to make regarding how we want to spend our time and what we want to do with our future. Just the other day, I was talking to a friend facing these tough questions, including whether to get her MBA or go traveling.

As someone who has traveled a lot myself, I told her to book the next flight out of here and explore as much of the world as possible, hands down. Mind you, I wasn't a student at the time, as my friend made sure to remind me.

But that's just it. Are the two concepts mutually exclusive? Is it either you travel or go to school, but never at the same time? As is the case for many students, the only option seems to be school first and then travel later, but the reality is, later rarely comes.

There's no denying how important it is to complete one's education, but there's a whole lot of learning only achieved outside of the classroom, by experiencing new places, new cultures, and new points of view. Lessons that carry over into everything one does afterwards, including one's career, and that simply cannot be taught by staying in your comfort zone.

Luckily, more and more schools understand how vital it is to travel, and are not only offering international programs, but encouraging them. One such school is the UBC Sauder School of Business that believes direct work experience in foreign environments is integral for future leaders, and first-hand exposure teaches success in different global contexts

An education at UBC Sauder can lead to opportunities you never thought possible, and its location in Vancouver not only makes it the perfect place to escape Toronto, but also access the rest of the world. The school has 71 exchange programs in 29 countries to choose from, and a network of some 37,000 alumni in 75 countries.

The MBA program has one of the most diverse student bodies in North America (ranked #3 by the Financial Times in 2016), which sends students to destinations like Chile, Japan, Singapore, India, the UK or Denmark to get hands-on consulting experience with global organizations.

All told, the MBA program offered by UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School is distinctly equipped to prepare students for the global economy while also answering their cravings to expand their personal international horizons.

My friend is seriously dedicated to her studies, something I truly respect, but I also know how much she yearns for adventure. So it seemed like a no-brainer to suggest somewhere that actually offers the best of both worlds.

Check out the UBC Sauder School of Business website for more information on the wide range of tailor-made international programs and exchanges available.

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