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Hannah Finlan

Vienna, Austria



Hannah is a third-year Bachelor of International Business (BIB) student in the German language stream. Hannah is studying at the University of Vienna (All students in the BIB program are required to study abroad for their third year at one of our partner institutions.)

Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about your goals and interests:

Hello! I’m Hannah, a third-year International Business student heading to Vienna, Austria! I’m an avid hiker and like to spend most of my time in the summer back home in Calgary, Alberta hiking in the Rockies. Some fun facts about me include: 1) I’m addicted to ice cream 2) I don’t know how to ride a bike 3) I’m not very good at talking about myself. I’m super excited to share my experiences abroad and hopefully give some tips and tricks to those looking to go on exchange. My goals during my exchange are to embrace spontaneity and the unknown. I’m quite the planner and I find it hard to do things on a whim but I want to change that.

Why did you choose your language?

I chose German because I wanted to learn a language I had absolutely no prior knowledge of. I attended French immersion school for most of my schooling and I was fortunate enough to take intensive Spanish courses in Costa Rica for three weeks and then continue to take Spanish in high school. I also had no knowledge of the culture, language or really anything of the German speaking countries. Because I am concentrating in Finance, I also thought German would be a valuable language to use in the financial world.

Have you ever travelled overseas before? If so, where?

I have been very fortunate to travel, as my mother is a world traveller and couldn’t resist planting the travel bug in me as well. I have spent extended amounts of time in Peru, Costa Rica and the United States. I have also visited countries in Central America as well as every province in Canada (except for Saskatchewan). I have never been to Europe before though so this exchange is extremely exciting!

What 3 things MUST you take with you while abroad?

Considering I am writing this while in the airport about to embark on my year-long journey, I’m really hoping I didn’t forget anything. My first item of choice would be a good book. A book that is perfect for passing the time waiting for a flight or for enjoying the scenery at a quaint cafe. My second item would be a plug adapter!!!!! I bought one just yesterday because I almost forgot that electronic sockets are different in Europe. Lastly, as cliché as this sounds, an open mind. There is no guarantee when travelling that everything will go as planned and it’s so important to be open to changes.

What are you most looking forward to?

EVERYTHING! I’m looking forward mostly to exploring. There’s so many things I want to see and countries I want to visit, I can’t even fathom all of the adventures I want to go on. I’m also really looking forward to meeting new people, not just other international students but locals as well. I also really want to improve my German considering I barely practiced this summer.

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