A dream recently came true for Balazs Judik from Business Academy Aarhus, Denmark. He was selected to live and work in Shanghai for three months as a marketing coordinator for Hutong School, a Chinese language school and bureau.
‘It’s my dream,’ said Balazs Judik.
The 22-year-old scholarship recipient is from Budapest in Hungary, but he has been living in Aarhus the past two years. In June, he completed his AP degree in Marketing Management and after the summer break he will continue with his bachelor in International Sales and marketing management.
Balazs won the scholarship based on writing a convincing letter of application and having an impressive CV which, among other things, includes a student job at Café Viggo in Aarhus and a stay as an exchange student at Shanghai Jianqiao University as part of his Marketing Management programme.
‘It has certainly been beneficial that I already know China a little and actually speak a little Chinese,’ said Balazs, who is glad that he will now get the chance to become even better.
Balazs was selected for the internship from among a total of 125 candidates from all over the world, including 19 from Danish higher education programmes.
The internship programme is sponsored by Hutong School and includes an internship position, four hours of Chinese language lessons per week, airport pick-up, accommodation in a shared flat with his own bedroom (including wi-fi, and utilities), participation in cultural activities two to three times a week (for example traditional tea ceremonies, t’ai chi classes, kung fu and trips to the great wall of China), help with visas and practical help 24/7. The scholarship has a value of EUR 5000, equivalent to approximately 37300 DKK. Balazs should arrive in China in May 2016 as part of his bachelor programme.
1000 students from all over the world
Hutong School annually accepts around one thousand students from all over the world. During the stay, interns get the opportunity to work in an international company in China and learn Chinese. The stay provides experience with living and working in China and the added bonus of using English (and not least Chinese) in a working environment. This will help to differentiate the students’ CV from others when they have returned home and, after graduation, will need to get their first job.
‘In our experience, many internees end up returning to China after a couple of years and work for either the company that they had their internship in, or with another company that they became acquainted with during their stay,’ says Niels Vincent Næser, Denmark’s representative for Hutong School.