Wibke Papenbroock, a German first-year student on the programme describes how one year consists of people from different educational and cultural backgrounds and how they have to work together a lot. This gives the students the chance to meet new people and learn how to deal with different cultures. Wibke think the international atmosphere is one of the biggest assets of the programme and it’s something that will be very useful in her future career too.
“Studying abroad seemed like a good opportunity for me to gather experiences in a different country, besides, the programmes offered in Germany did not really fit me and my interests. The reputation of the Swedish education system eventually made me decide to come and study here. Studying SMIO is really broadening my horizon.“
Wibke doesn’t only enjoy the great variety of cultures in her classroom, she is also fond of the way SMIO is structured. In the first semester there are two big courses (Classic Leadership and Organizational Dilemmas & Contemporary International Management Paradoxes) that consist of lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations and written assignments. Usually, the students always work in groups and if they don’t, they give each other feedback.