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TU/e students go abroad more and more for their study. Be it for an internship, an exchange semester of for doing research. They write in Cursor about all their experiences abroad.
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From a clear blue sky a bright and friendly sun smiles down on the Mediterranean metropole. It is about twenty-five degrees Celsius and a significant part of the population is tanning at the nudist beach in preparation for the vibrant summer. The remainder can be found on one of the city’s thousand terraces nipping at their pastis in celebration of the countless happy hours. So don’t the French work? Usually with passionate devotion, but not right now because it’s a holiday period.
New Zealand: land of awe-inspiring nature, friendly people (Kiwis), and the amazing outdoors. A perfect country for internships and vacations, and definitely recommended for students.
My name is Joost Vandewal and I chose for the picturesque city Porto, especially because of my positive experiences with the nice Portuguese people, my interest in the Portuguese language, and the good stories about Porto as an Erasmus city. Up till now I do not regret my decision at all and I can recommend Porto to everybody.
The differences were huge when I arrived in Melbourne more than two months ago. I suddenly lived in a city that is twenty times as big as Eindhoven, I had to stand on the left side on the escalator, the beer prices had multiplied by three and it was about thirty degrees warmer than in snowy Eindhoven.
I’ve been living in this friendly mega city for almost two months now and it feels like home. I’m taking courses at the prestigious National Taiwan University (NTU), or ‘Táidà’ as they call it here, which means ‘The Great of Taiwan’. As soon as you tell locals that you study at Táidà, you’ll receive a lot of respect, as all parents try to get their children into NTU as soon as they’re born.
Upon arrival in Pittsburgh, in an airplane with ten people including the crew, the pilot told us that he would make an attempt to land and that the arrival weather conditions were blizzard and three degrees. After touching the ground safely, I realized that this was three degrees Fahrenheit (-16 Celsius) and trust me: it felt quite a lot colder. This experience is a quite accurate description of what life in Pittsburgh is like; snow, cold and wind. Ooh, and the workload of course.
You know a city is expensive when you go to the Starbucks for ‘cheap’ coffee. Okay, that’s not the only reason, it is also because of their free wifi. While I live ten hours in the future compared to The Netherlands, everything in Australia seems behind: no free wifi, no phone range outside of the city, no gay-marriage, the summer-collection of 2014 and HopHop Gangnam Style. Oh and they are (still) a big fan of that famous Australian song Riptide, that was released in 2013.
New Zealand is mainly known for being “very beautiful” and for being the country where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Having been here for three months I can definitely confirm this. I’ve had the pleasure of traveling up and down the country and it is 100% worth it!
For five months, I’ll be enjoying the sun in Irvine, California, where I’m currently working as a researcher at the Informatics Department at UC Irvine.
After four years studying at the Eindhoven University of Technology I decided that it was time for something else. A fellow student (Rik van Ginkel) told me in my third year that he was going abroad. This sounded really attractive and interesting, which was why I went informing if I could also go abroad for one semester. By that time I finished three years of the bachelor Architecture Urbanism and Building Sciences and I was going to study Structural Design in my master. This field of study was given at the KTH of Stockholm and this is why I chose Stockholm.
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