Since orientation a year and a half ago, I have hoped to study abroad at some point in my college career. When I heard about an international accounting class taught by UA faculty in London and Barcelona for two weeks over winter break, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me. However, to go on the class, I was hoping to supplement my payment with scholarships. In total, I received over one thousand dollars from the College of Commerce and Study Abroad office after two fairly simple applications. Over the course of the class, we will read accounting research about the effectiveness of international accounting standards. In addition, my class of eighteen students will split into groups to present the findings to the rest of our class. Of the mornings that we will have class, we will debate the strengths and weaknesses of the international accounting standards and finish the course with an exam covering the material we read. To prepare for the trip, we have had several meetings with our group and discussed some of the outings we hope to do when not in class. The day trip to Madrid, the visit to the London eye, and a Barcelona futbol game are just some of the activities we have planned. I am also excited about getting to know other students in my major. Because the class is a 400-level accounting course, it is only open to junior and senior accounting students and accounting graduate students at Alabama. I land in London in just a couple days, so be on the lookout for an update when I am abroad!