Radmila from Holland, International Hospitality Management
Subject: Industrial Hospitality Management
Education institution: Dania Academy of Higher Education
Radmila Milankovic has almost completed a bachelor's degree in International Hospitality Management at the Dania Academy of Higher Education.
As part of the programme, she has experienced a highly instructive traineeship, but she has also had a student job in a real company–and learned Danish. ”Because of the high quality of the education and the strong combination of theory and practice, I feel I have the necessary experience to handle a real job,” says this Dutch student, who recommends others to study in Denmark.
Radmila Milankovic from the Netherlands has spent three and half years in Denmark at the Dania Academy of Higher Education in Randers. For Radmilla, it has been a very busy time, but she has learned a lot in Denmark. She has had a student job in a Danish company, completed two traineeships and learned Danish along the way.
”I love my education! I chose a basic programme in Marketing Management at the Dania Academy, and now I have almost completed a bachelor's degree in International Hospitality Management, explains Radmila.
Radmila, aged 23, was studying at a university back home in the Netherlands when she found a Danish boyfriend. Originally, this is what drew Radmilla to Denmark, but there were also other reasons:
”It was also because of the opportunity to get an education with an international flavour. The education itself is international in its outlook. In addition, I acquire cultural insights by studying in Denmark. And I think it is really great that the education has a two year basic module after which you can decide in which direction you want to go,” she says.
We get prepared for real jobs
Now, Radmila wants to take a graduate degree in ’Culture, Communication and Globalization’ at Aalborg University in northern Denmark. However, if the right job comes up before then, she is definitely ready for a change of plan!
”I feel experienced enough to go out and get a real job because of the high educational quality and because of the way we are prepared for jobs here in Denmark. For example, we do actual assignments for companies. I think that is a really good thing. This allows students to use what they have learned in reality, and at the same time we help local companies with solutions to the challenges they face,” she says.
”I had learned so much that they hired me”
Radmila also emphasizes her two traineeships as highly instructive:
”My traineeships have given me a great deal of insight in the Danish language and in Danish corporate culture, and they have led to an actual job as a student assistant. I had learned so much that they hired me. That tells me two things: First, that traineeships very much prepare us for ’real-life' work, second, that companies take trainees seriously. We are not simply free manpower. At the company where I was a trainee, I was really allowed to use my skills and qualifications and this has made me better at what I do.”
According to this Dutch student, there are several benefits to the Danish education:
”We are maximum 25 students in our class here, whereas in the Netherlands there was an enormous number of students in every class at the university. We are mixed with the Danish students, and they are all super accommodating. They really want to get to know us and share their culture with us. Show us little traditions and stuff like that.”
Informal Danes, teachers who listen
Aside from that, what is it like to study in Denmark?
”I have noticed that Danes are quite informal. It means that you have a good dialogue with the teachers. They are very helpful and they recognize that there can be more than one correct answer to a question. In the Netherlands, it is a bit more formal, so this was something I had to adjust to. Now I would not have it any other way. I like the way Danes are clever at combining theory and practice. Textbooks are not the only source of knowledge here. We also use discussions and group work,” says Radmila.
Taught herself Danish in her spare time
She has plunged into learning the Danish language, even though all classroom activity takes place in English.
”It makes it easier when you know the language that is spoken where you live, and I do intend to stay here and work when I have completed my education. I followed a Danish course at a night school for a year or so, but to be honest it did not really work. It is not that I am especially gifted or anything when it comes to languages, but I just found it relatively easy to learn Danish. I speak Dutch, of course, and I have had several years of German in school. Both languages are similar to Danish. It makes sense for me to learn the language by being surrounded by it at school and at work–and by listening to Danish music and watching Danish television,” says this busy student, who would definitely recommend others to study in Denmark.