Southeast Missouri State University

Jackson Native Explores Europe


A Jackson, Mo., native has done anything but stay close to home for college. Matthew Huber traveled over 8,000 miles to attend International Summer School in Schmalkalden, Germany. “My favorite moment at Southeast was my summer in Germany. I was able to meet so many people from across the world.”


Huber spent five weeks at the school and met students from all over the world. He studied global issues and managing different cultures. The summer school had its own version of the Olympics with a variety of sporting events. Students made a field trip to a concentration camp and Berlin. Huber received 9 credit hours for his time in Germany and said it was a tremendous help that the dorm room was included in the tuition cost.

After summer school, his younger brother, Chad, flew to meet him in Europe. They back-packed for two weeks and visited Germany, Austria, Budapest, Switzerland, Amsterdam and Italy. “I didn’t have one favorite place. I think Austria and Switzerland were by far the most beautiful places we saw, but the historic sites in Italy were also amazing.” One of the biggest things he noticed was the lack of SUV’s. Many people walked or rode bicycles. People drove small cars and most of the trucks he saw were farm or construction trucks.

Huber’s best advice for current and future Southeast students is to take advantage of internships and study abroad programs. He recommends that students join a club closely related to their major. “Southeast taught me to manage my time effectively and gave me a broad mix of experiences that will benefit me the rest of my life.”