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COB Students Study in Denmark

Denmark Study AbroadManagement Professor Dr. Jeremy Stafford led a two-week intensive study abroad program this fall in Denmark. Twelve students attended the program, the first COB program to take place in Scandinavia. “We used this study abroad trip as an opportunity to create a new experience for our students. We want each of our students to have strong global knowledge as part of their experience at UNA. We purposely designed a short, intensive study program together. The students received a very structured, very high intensity experience in just a couple of weeks.”

The trip involved classroom instruction with teachers from the International Business Academy in Kolding, Denmark, on topics including consensus management, the euro versus the Krone and whether it’s better to implement a sovereign currency or join the broader collective. Students also learned about cross-cultural negotiations and general management, with a focus on HR. Group trips to internationally established entities such as Ecco and Trolden Distillery gave students the opportunity to observe production processes and management strategy. Additionally, students participated in the local culture. “We learned so much about their history, culture, government, education system, and their business culture,” student Cullen Akin said. “Not only from the classroom, but also from being able to experience it ourselves.”

Stafford says most of the students received some scholarship money through the Magellan Program. “For some of the students it was their first trip by airplane and first trip outside the Southeast. We talk about global business, but study abroad allows our students to actually experience the opportunity to travel globally,” Stafford says. “This type of trip is not possible without scholarship money. It took nine months to set it up and we worked very closely with people in Denmark to reduce the cost for lodging and airfare.”

Lauren Amador, who attended the program, found it to be an invaluable experience. “This trip has opened up my mind about international business and will help me in my future job endeavors,” she explained.

Please contact the Department of Management and Marketing at (256) 765-4938 or rlhensley1@una.edu to learn more about the Magellan Program and how you can help support future student trips abroad.

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