Thomas Benner at the bachelor's graduation ceremony with Campus Director Prof. Dr. Cordelia Friesendorf

Each year the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards a prize acknowledging the outstanding efforts of international students at German universities and their involvement in social, extra-curricular activities. This year, the prize, worth €1,000, was presented to ISM student Thomas Benner from Denmark.

“Winning the prize means a lot to me, because it shows that hard work really does pay off,” says Thomas. The B.Sc. International Management student received the DAAD prize for his excellent grades and his continued commitment and dedication in his role as a tutor for academic issues and international students at ISM.

Thomas left his home town of Horsens in Denmark to complete his undergraduate course at ISM Hamburg. “I’d always really wanted to discover more about the German way of life,” claims Benner. “As an international university offering English-language courses, ISM was the ideal choice to study in Germany.”

Now, after roughly three years and achieving a successful bachelor's degree, the German adventure of the ISM student is over - for the time being anyway. But before undertaking a master’s course in Copenhagen or Aarhus, Thomas is looking to gain some valuable practical experience. The next step for the 24-year-old is an internship in Zurich.