Alexandra Belen shares her Study Abroad experience at VIA University College, Denmark

I spent my Winter 2019 semester in the beautiful country of Denmark. I lived in the city of Horsens and attended VIA University College for Global Business Engineering where I met incredible people from different parts of the world. The program provided me with fresh academic approach, improved intercultural communication skills and the ability to be flexible and adapt to new circumstances.

While studying at VIA, I decided to join an event called the VIA Hackathon, a 24-hour problem-solving experience. We were presented with real cases to solve such as how to incorporate the newest technology in Virtual Reality (VR)/ Augmented Reality (AR) with the shopping experience in Horsens City Centre. The whole experience was filled with brainstorming, collaborating, receiving advice from instructors, and importantly, a lot of laughter as I am teamed up with my newly-found friends. We initially joined the Hackathon to see the competitive nature of the school and unsurprisingly had more of an amazing, fun time.

Studying abroad only enriched my study experience of Digital Business Management in
Humber. I have always been interested in the similarities and differences of the uses of technology in managing enterprises around the world. Being in Denmark allowed me to see from a different perspective, the growing digital and technological world.

Furthermore, spending semester abroad allowed me to fulfill my education and at the same time experience different culture and explore other cities in Europe. From tasting wine samples in France and seeing the Eiffel tower, to eating sweet soft cake of Sweden, and exploring the city of Brussels and then being disappointed from missing the bus in a foreign city at three in the morning, to being humbled by walking in the beautiful streets of Amsterdam. I connected with my adventurous side and never felt any braver. While I learned so much from people that I met, I have also learned a lot about myself. Every moment of my study abroad was memorable and I am very thankful for this opportunity.