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Melanie Meller, Austrian, University of Business and Economics Vienna

My time at UIDE was amazing. I took some courses in Spanish and others in English.

Initially I was not sure if my Spanish would be good enough, but thanks to the small class sizes and teachers that took extra time to make sure I would be able to follow the courses, the Spanish classes turned out to be the most enriching.

During my time in Ecuador, I also worked on a chocolate business idea.

Upon my return to Austria I launched an artisanal chocolate business, working with Ecuadorian Cacao beans.

I took advantage of the different extracurricular activities offered at UIDE and learned how to ride horses and dance salsa! I also traveled to the Galapagos Islands and Montañita during my exchange. Ecuador is an incredible country with endless wildlife and amazing landscapes. I hope to go back soon.