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Yunis, Bachelor Student in Global Management and Manufacturing

International student at Aarhus BSS

Hej fellows,

My name is Yunis Wirkus. I am a 20 year-old student from a small commune 20km outside Hamburg, Germany. I came straight out of high-school when I started my studies here at Aarhus University in Herning. My study is called “Global Management and Manufacturing” (GMM), which is sort of an equivalent to a “Wirtschaftsingenieur”. Currently, I am on 5th semester and I just started an internship at LEGO Systems A/S, after being a project consultant there for almost a year. I will elaborate more on the studies below.

How I came here? There is a small story to that:

Well, to be honest, the marketing department of AU did a very good job. I was at the “vocatium” fair in Hamburg, when there was this small stand of Aarhus University which did not seem as crowded as other stands. Naturally, many students in the age of 16-20 were a bit hesitant in approaching a university speaking a foreign language. It drags you out of the comfort zone and, no doubt in that, you have to be willing to study in a different language.
However, two people from AU approached me in a nice and friendly way. Not alike the other universities and business schools who mostly just tell you that you can read up everything on their webpage or they literally cite the same things that are listed on their webpage, these people told me something about the life in Denmark and how it feels to study abroad.

The talked me into taking a VR tour around the campus in Herning. Not that resisted, VR was quite new at that time. While I took the tour, they told me about all the different possibilities and activities in Herning and Aarhus.
I was very amazed and wanted to see how things are for myself. One of them gave me his card and said, I could just text him or give him a call, if I wanted a tour around the campus. There are official open days, but if I cannot attend for any reason but would still be interested, I should feel free to contact him any time. I did. And I received a private tour around the campus and felt welcome.

This was significantly different, and I was dragged away from the “professional tunnel vision”. That is what I call the mind set of just having the focus on prestige, reputation, accreditations and an international network of partner universities. I am not saying this is unimportant, I found myself realising that pure education and professional environment is only a part of studying.

Some may disagree, but I have had the impression that life and happiness during the studies should be put closer to my spotlight. This is what made me consider going abroad to a university that apparently put a larger focus on how the studies feel like, instead of being a tick on your CV you can check off.

This culturally different mind-set, the outlook on small classes, familiar and close relationships to your lecturers, as well as a modern and well-equipped campus made me move to Herning.
Surely, a great percentage of the business schools promise you the same things, except for the fact that you pay for it with quite expensive tuition fees. Here it is completely free for me to study. In fact this mindset about top-education being accessible for everyone is something that I missed in Germany and I could identify myself with sharing that danish mindset. Finances are important when you study! It is a tremendous relief not to worry about tuition fees and starting your career with high debts.

To round off that little excuse about how I decided to study in Denmark in Herning: I was asked if I could come and help promote AU at the vocatium fair in Hamburg and the man who gave me his card was the same organising the stand at the fair. It was a happy moment seeing the cycle being closed. I was once convinced to study here and never regretted my choice and now I am trying to talk others into their luck.

General living and studying in DK

+  Triple accreditation

+ Free to study for EU citizens

+  Very good infrastructure for bikes

+  Top 100 university

+  Very practical and related to case examples

+  Model based learning instead of frontal teaching

+ Sufficient funds for projects

+  High focus on feedback about professors (every semester there is an evaluation with immediate consequences)

+ Tutoring

+  Close company cooperation

+  Great counselling for any education related matters

+ Very small, cosy but modern and connected campus in Herning

+  Excellent library service and access to resources (also digital)

+  Relaxed lectures

-    Relatively high living costs in DK

-    Partly slow and expensive public transportation

-    Look at the weather forecasts and decide for yourself if you like it

-    Sometimes Danes are a bit too chill for my taste

-    Sometimes hard to get to know Danes beyond smalltalk

 

GMM

 

+ Well balanced curriculum

+  Meaningful content for the profession

+  Every semester 2 months lecture + 2 months projects

+ Learned competences immediately applicable in the industry (also a lot of software competences)

+  Profession very flexible and personal focusses can be set how one sees fit

+ Very good prerequisite to acquire a student job

-    Quite dense curriculum and always busy (but pays off)

-    Some subjects you will not understand immediately why you need them but will later (can lead to temporary frustration)

If you want to get in contact with me my email address is: yunis.wirkus@gmx.de 


Louisa, Bachelor Student in Economics and Business Administration

International student at Aarhus BSS

Hey everyone!

My name is Louisa Juncker and I am from Hamburg, Northern Germany. I am studying Economics and Business Administration at Aarhus BSS in Herning. The university has a small campus in Herning where Business and Engineering Programs are offered. It is located approximately 80km west of Aarhus. The campus and city are very cozy. It is easy to get to know everyone due to the size.

My study program is very broad which enables me to pursue many different areas in my Master later on, but we also have the possibility to specialize in a field during the fifth semester.My favorite time of the year in Herning is the summer, when we can go to all the lakes nearby, lots of fun events take place and the city comes to life! As familiarity plays an important role at our campus, it is self-evident that we, the students, participate in activities together and enjoy spending time together.

 I have always been amazed by multiculturalism. That is definitely the case at Aarhus BSS! We are many international students, who all have a different background and story to tell. That makes everyday student life really interesting. Nevertheless, a part of my fellow students is Danish, which enables the internationals to find out more about the country and its culture.

Besides multiculturalism, Aarhus BSS offers high quality education with an international focus. Therefore, I can be sure that I am well equipped for my future work life.Not only is education important at the university, but also extracurricular activities. Activities, Clubs and Initiative for all tastes are offered and make the study experience even more special!

All these aspects contributed to my decision to commit to the different path of leaving my home country and studying at Aarhus BSS.

Be brave and do the same!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on my email address:louisa.juncker@gmx.de


Peer, Master Student in Business Intelligence

International student at Aarhus BSS

Hey guys,

My name is Peer Woyczechowski and I’m from Kiel, Germany. I’m currently enrolled in the Master's programme in Business Intelligence (BI) at the faculty Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University.

My decision to study in Denmark was primarily made on grounds of the high quality of education that is provided, the international environment in the programmes and in general Denmark/Aarhus and the possibility to expand my network further.

I can only highly recommend to choose a different path than others and study in Denmark. Aarhus BSS offers a broad spectrum of communities and activities that are relevant to your studies or contributing to your life outside of the classrooms. It doesn’t get boring here!

Why you should choose Aarhus BSS?

Here are some keywords, why I would choose Aarhus BSS over and over again.

-          Top education

-          International oriented programs

-          The relaxed and cozy atmosphere in Aarhus

-          Tons of events for every kind of taste

-          Getting to know a new culture and language

-          Living and studying with nationalities from all over the world

-          Everything is in walking or biking distance

There is a reason why the citizens of Denmark are one of the most happiest people in the world and you experience that from day one. Danish people are very welcoming, openminded, outgoing and in the end it just comes down to “hygge”.

If you are not convinced yet that studying at Aarhus BSS is the right choice for you or have any kind of questions, feel free to contact me: peer.woyczechowski@gmail.com.


Vera, Bachelor Student in Global Management and Manufacturing

International student at Aarhus BSS

Hej guys, My name is Vera Petersen and I am from a small city close to the Danish border in Germany. I am currently on my 6 semester of the Bachelor programme “Global Management and Manufacturing” at Aarhus University in Herning.

My programme is truly international. Last semester I was studying abroad at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. Now, I am doing my internship in a British furniture company in China. And next semester I will be wiriting my Bachelor thesis, which means that I am almost done with my studies.

I chose to study in Denmark because I grew up experiencing the Danish culture through my father, who worked in Denmark, and got fascinated by it. When looking into study programmes, I found the perfect study programme for me in Denmark: the GMM programme is a combination of management courses as well as courses related to manufacturing and improvement of processes.

Furthermore, does the GMM programme have a high focus on practical experience, which was very important for me. Every semester we make a project in cooperation with a company (Company Related Project) and gain working experience by applying the theories we learned throughout the semester in real-world problems. When graduating I am a “Professionsbachelor”, which means, that a big part of the education is build up on practical, real life experience.

The GMM programme is only offered in Herning, which is a smaller city located west of Aarhus. “Small city” does not mean, that it is boring in Herning – there is always something going on here: 2018 the Ice Hockey World Championship and in January 2019, the Handball World Championship were/will be held here. On campus there are different associations organising events for the students, such as the programmes own GMM association or the student activity association of Herning’s Campus and the Friday Bar, who for example organise the semester party. In Herning there is an international society consisting of both international students, but also other international (minded) people, who organise cool events such as Cook Talk’s or others. Studying at a smaller campus comes with advantages such as interactive, challenging and fun classes.

In the GMM programme we always have the possibility to ask questions and the professors and lecturers are accessible most of the time and willing to answer questions or help students get in contact with companies in the surrounding area. In the beginning it was of course a little overwhelming to live in a new country – having to get all necessary documents in order, getting to know the language and culture (better), finding friends and reading for school.

However, I can say, that the hard work in the beginning is worth it. I am having “the time of my life” here in Herning and am so happy, that I made the decision to study abroad and move to a different country. I think it is important to leave one’s comfort zone and believe in one’s dreams and thereby challenge yourself to do what you want to do - studying abroad!

If you need any information about the GMM programme, living and studying in Herning or anything else that comes to your mind, I am very happy to help you! Please contact me on the following mail address: VeraPetersen@web.de