Study Abroad Experience in Denmark Showcases Cultural Exposure via Tradium
Posted on April 14, 2017 by Andrew Belton ’18, a Delaware Valley University business administration major.
During my junior year at Delaware Valley University, I heard about the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program during spring break. As a student who would not be an ideal match for a full semester abroad, I was intrigued by the opportunity to participate in a shorter-term study abroad program. After attending a few informational meetings about the program, I decided to sign up for the trip. During spring break, 20 classmates from DelVal and myself spent eight days in Denmark. I stayed with a host family, attended classes, toured landmarks and cities and met many new people from my own school and in Denmark.
DelVal and Tradium have a relationship that has allowed students from each school to take part in a study abroad experience at the other school. In September, I had the opportunity to meet the group of Danish students who visited DelVal for a few weeks on their study abroad visit with Tradium. It was a pleasure to see some of the same students again and to have the opportunity to attend their school. Tradium is a technical and business college located in Randers, Denmark.
During classes at Tradium our group learned about the Danish language, economy, culture, history, entrepreneurship and marketing. Our group also visited the Randers Tropical Zoo (Indoor Rainforest), had a guided tour of historic Randers, Marselisborg Castle (summer house for the Queen of Denmark), Moesgaard Museum and a company visit to Innovation. One of the most notable parts of the trip was the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Randers. He spoke to our group about the city, his role as the mayor and Denmark’s relationship with the United States. After the conclusion of our study abroad program, we were given diplomas that recognized our group for demonstrating the ability to adjust to new cultural environments. We also attended the Prom at Tradium.
During the study abroad trip, I had the opportunity to meet many new people and make new friends. Since the group of students that attended the trip were members of different DelVal class years and majors, our group of 21 students were very diverse and I had the opportunity to get to know more students at DelVal. In addition, I had the opportunity to make new friends at Tradium and be reunited with some of the students that visited DelVal in September.
In closing, I would say that my study abroad experience was very rewarding, and I look forward to future study abroad opportunities at DelVal. It was an honor to attend this trip and I would highly recommend a spring break study abroad trip to any students who are interested in the opportunity to immerse themselves in a foreign culture.