Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I was unable to do a traditional study abroad. However, I was able to participate in a virtual study abroad with HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, Netherlands, which is where I originally wanted to study abroad. It was a 2 week program, from May 25th to June 4th, 2021. The course was entitled Intercultural Awareness. Below I have attached the brochure for the course, which gave an overview of what we would learn about throughout the course.
Every weekday, we would meet virtually on Microsoft Teams, so that we could interact with each other without being in person in The Netherlands. There were 22 students in the course, with about half of the students being from Longwood, and the others from various countries, including Britain, Greece, Germany, and Hong Kong. We were paired up in groups of 4 in order to complete the final presentation, and I was paired with Grace, from Longwood, Huiying, from Hong Kong, and Maria, from Greece. Below is our final presentation that we created, where we had to discuss what we had learned from the course, and compare that to our own cultures.
Overall, even though I was not able to travel to The Netherlands to participate in person, this experience was still enjoyable and I was able to connect with students around the whole world and take a deeper dive into other cultures that I have not been able to experience here in the United States. I hope to one day visit The Netherlands and get to see HAN University in person, but for now, this was an amazing experience.