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Student earns award in Denmark

Zoe Kilbourne

A student participating in a study abroad program in Denmark received a leadership award from her host institution for immersing herself in Danish culture.

Zoe Kilbourne, a biomedical sciences major, is studying at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, an institute in Copenhagen that allows students to build their own academic program by choosing courses taught in English but from a European perspective. Kilbourne received DIS' Intercultural Leadership Award, which is presented to students who embrace the Danish culture.

Kilbourne, daughter of Grand Valley faculty members John and Elizabeth Kilbourne, lived with a host family, served as a class representative and took Danish language and culture classes.

Kilbourne will graduate in April 2012 and is considering applying to medical schools and eventually combining a medical degree with a master's degree in public health.

"I would like to increase my field experience in public health and medical fields through volunteer work or internships," she said. "Studying abroad has definitely opened up new interest areas that I hope to explore."

by Michele Coffill

This story was filed with the tags: Academic Excellence, International