Buenos Aires, where shall I begin? South-America with a touch of Europe, which makes me happy. I have already been spending my time in Argentina since the beginning of July and still I don’t feel like returning to Eindhoven. This probably has something to do with the approaching summer on the southern hemisphere and my love for warm weather.
After three years of Bachelor courses in my beloved Brabant I felt the need to challenge myself and go on an adventure abroad. I ended up doing research on polymer chemistry at the University of Warwick. While suddenly being all alone in England was a larger culture shock than I had imagined. I definitely enjoyed starting from scratch and building up a new life in this marvelous country.
In the middle of the forest, we arrive at the summer cottage of my Finnish friend. I feel honored, because I am allowed to enter her personal space. Viivi’s land is huge, because there is plenty of space for nature in Finland.
Away from Europe! That was the first thing that popped into my head when I received an email about the opportunity of doing an exchange. After looking at all the possibilities, I signed up for KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology). I was overwhelmed with joy after receiving the outcome from the feared draw. I was one of the lucky few to go to South-Korea! “Wow, you are a genius!”, in combination with an amazed face, is the regular response you get, when you tell a Korean that you are studying at KAIST. For them, KAIST is like the Harvard of Asia.
Switzerland is famous for its neutrality, the Alps and the high prices. While the last one is most certainly true (about twice the price of the Netherlands), it is worth the price though. Granted, that Swiss placement fee helps. For four months you can find me in the French speaking Neuchâtel. Here I work at Microcity, an institute of EPFL.
To be honest, India didn’t sound like my cup of tea. Since the land, culture, and climate are not really stroking with my personality. However, when this graduation project came across I just couldn’t leave it hanging.
It has always been one of my biggest dreams to visit Australia. To make this dream come true by a semester studying in Melbourne obviously is a perfect solution.
New Zealand is famous for its beautiful nature and its interesting Maori culture. The influences because of the past as a British colony are still very evident in Christchurch. The province of Canterbury is a very flat area, making it ideal to cycle. Most people are surprised when I tell them I like Christchurch, since they think it is a very boring area. However within a half hour cycle you will enjoy the beautiful Port Hills, within a one and a half hour car trip, you will enjoy the harbor of Akaroa.
When asked if I wanted to do my internship in Toronto, I wasn’t immediately sure. I was wondering, what kind of city is Toronto? Are there any fun things to do there? Is it a good University? Isn’t it a bit too far away from home? After deciding to do it, I found out that all worries had been unnecessary.
For over two months already I have been living in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. If it is possible to compare countries then this has to be about the opposite of Holland. Efficiency is nowhere to be found and rules sometimes don’t seem to exist. However, life is also running here in Uganda.
“Bad weather doesn’t exist, only bad clothing”, is the Finnish way of dealing with the cold and wet climate. But, how can you prepare yourself for darkness? This Nordic country is known for its short days in winter, and many people have already warned me for this time of the year.
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.
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Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.
Do you find MetaForum too busy around exams? Does studying at home not appeal to you? Or do you simply need a bit of structure when you're revising? It may well be that the public library at De Witte Dame is the place for you. Under the banner ‘StudyShare’ staff there are hoping to attract students through most of January - with your books or laptop, but without your cellphone.