A few weeks ago I embarked on the biggest adventure of my life, a semester abroad in one of the world’s biggest cities, Shanghai. First of all, I travelled with a good friend through China for three weeks, to get acquainted with this intriguing country. Most Chinese don’t really speak English, but with the help of good hostels and a travel guide it was pretty easy to travel around . Most people are very friendly and helpful, although the spitting on the streets, which is mainly done by men, is not so pleasant.
Porto, the city of Port wine, that has been the inspiration for the Harry Potter series, that has a bridge of Gustav Eiffel (Ponte Luis I) and where you can find small bakeries with ‘Pastel de Nata’ in every street. No wonder Porto has been elected as the ‘Best destination of Europe’ for the third time in the last five years.
First things that came into mind thinking about New Zealand were beautiful rough nature and rugby, they have the best team of the world! That are actually the two things I enjoyed most so far besides studying for my master Innovation Sciences, it is still STUDYING abroad.
Mark van Dijk, Masters' student Chemical and Process Technology, has written earlier about his experiences in London. He wrote another article, bacause of the recent attacks in London. Mark: "Luckily I was north of the Thames at the time of the attack, so I received the news upon arrival at home. Nevertheless, the attack feels rather close, since I have been at the same place at the same time only two days before the attack."
A few weeks ago, I left the local Eindhoven University of Technology behind to conduct a research project at London’s global university, UCL. The distance isn’t that big, but the rest of the differences certainly are.
For my internship I travelled to Hamilton, New Zealand. I’m doing research on wood fiber reinforced polymers at the University of Waikato. As a mechanical engineer, of course I'm interested in the material's mechanical properties, but much more than this is involved in producing composites of this kind. This makes for a very interesting and challenging project from which I’m learning a lot.
I arrived in the US on Thursday January 26th: six days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, and one day before he signed his infamous travel ban. That made the first few weeks quite intense.
South Korea is usually seen as a relatively unknown, but also wealthy and high-tech country. The connection with North Korea is easily made because of all the news related with the latest Kim-dynasty ruler: Kim-Jong-Un. However, South Korea has a lot to offer for an exchange student as myself: good and cheap food, the many karaoke nights, sleeping in the library next to the Korean students, the neon-lighted streets of Seoul; and the chance to see North Korea closely, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
My international semester in Sweden actually started sunny. I arrived in August in Gothenburg, which is Sweden’s second largest city. As it is on the west coast, Gothenburg has the same climate as the Netherlands, but five degrees lower. In summer it can still be 25 degrees if you’re lucky. Because there was a large culture festival happening during my first days as well, these were unforgettable.
My plane lands in the country commonly known as ‘The Kingdom of Wonder’. A tuk-tuk driver escorts me and takes me to Pactics. This is the company where I will engage myself for 4 month in writing my Bachelor’s thesis. The driver’s skills are tested as we hardly dodge 13 cows and a countless number of pot-holes. With a face full of sand and soaked in sweat we arrive. Nice to meet you, Cambodia.
Yes! Luckily I was around when this miracle happened, a sunny day. Welcome to St. John's, Canada's capital regarding fog, cloudiness and wind!
Chicago, also known as Windy City, is one of the top iconic cities in US. This is also the place where the famous genre of music such as Blues originated and home to the most notorious organized crime boss - Al Capone.
Welcome to the Venice of the North, Stockholm! With these words I was welcomed by the guide who was about to show us the most beautiful places of the capital of Sweden.
Finland, the country with a thousand lakes. The country is beautiful, with breathtaking nature. However, upon arriving here I did notice something: It’s cold here. Very cold. And dark, really dark. Luckily, the Finns are clever, and they have a couple of tricks up their sleeve to combat this.
I came to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) mainly because I wanted to participate in an exchange program that is technology, disaster and design thinking oriented.
Welcome to Winnipeg, Canada! How do you know that you’re in the middle of nowhere? By reading a sign that says: ‘last McDonalds in 500km’. Stuff like that happens during a 5000km road trip.
After having travelled through the whole of Vietnam for 5 weeks, I arrived virtually clueless in Bandung to study at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, the best technical university in Indonesia.
‘Hey mate, how’s it going?’ is something you won’t hear too often from the cashier ladies in the Albert Heijn, but it is pretty normal here in Australia. I think the ‘stressed-out’ Dutchies can learn a lesson from the openness and friendliness of the Melbournians! For my internship I ended up at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where I have been enjoying the most livable city in the world for the last few weeks.
A little less than three weeks ago I left the Netherlands for Brisbane, Australia, Capital of the Sunshine State. I will be spending most of my summer here for a studying holiday, to get an internationally recognized certificate in the English language. As it is now, my jetlag is gone and I have had the opportunity to observe the life in a large Australian city from up close.
During my internship as part of the Bachelor’s program Industrial Design I discovered a small, but particularly good Master’s degree program in the capital of Denmark. Small is the operative word here, for every year 24 students at the most are admitted to the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID).
Student Life at TU/e
Anything you need (and should want) to read: news that concerns you. News about your studies, about political decisions made in The Hague but also including more low-key items on student life in and around Eindhoven, of course.
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For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
From our 'How can I survive special': Both of them are active members (past and present) of Eindhoven's student scene, have had their fair share of life's headaches and dick pics. Britte Bouchaut (28, graduating student of Innovation Sciences; in an 18-month relationship and not cohabiting) and Alain Starke (27, PhD candidate of Human-Technology Interaction; in an eight-year relationship and cohabiting) discuss love and romance at TU/e like two old fogeys. From long-distance relationships to kissing networks: How can you survive student romance? Alain and Britte give tips, ask others for advice, and take a critical look at each other's views. Are Eindhoven’s drinks rife with date-making, or do dicks take a backseat in Eindhoven?