I chose to study abroad to broaden my horizons, learn a different culture and gain independence. I really feel the experience has already done me a lot of good and I'm very happy here in Tilburg.
How would you rate the assistance of the university before you arrived (the application process, finding accommodation, sorting out financial matters)?
Before my arrival the admissions officer for my course provided me with a lot of information and was very helpful in answering any queries I had. My accommodation and finances were all in order long before I came to tilburg with the information given by the university which made the whole process a lot less daunting. The application process was well explained and well organized. All in all I found my experience of the university prior to my arrival very efficient and helpful.
How would you rate the assistance of the university when you arrived (Arrival Days/orientation etc)?
The arrival days were very helpful in getting set up in tilburg they helped organise bank accounts, buying a bike and the international student association (IESN) were there.
Did you feel prepared when you arrived and/or what surprised you?
When I arrived I was met by my admissions officer who gave me a welcome package and explained all the information inside it. The arrival days helped me set up and I left the university that day feeling prepared and settled in my new home and university.
How would you rate the learning environment (teaching style, studying with other international students, non-native English speaking lecturers)?
The learning environment of my course is particularly international, we have students from all over the place ! The group is quite small, only about 40 students so there are opportunities to ask questions which is helpful . I haven't had any problems understanding non-native English speaking lecturers the standard of English is very high in the university.
Would you recommend studying abroad to a 17-18 year old British or Irish student who might never have thought about it before?
Definitely! I've found it to be one of the best decisions I could have made. Since moving I haven't wished I'd gone to university in Ireland at all, of course moving abroad without friends or family is challenging at times I really think the good times and the new experiences outweigh those moments.
Is there anything you wish someone had told you at the time you applied?
No I found that I was well informed and felt prepared since my arrival, there haven't been any surprises.
Would you recommend your course, university, city to British/Irish students?
Yes absolutely!! I love my course so far, its a unique way to study law which really appeals to me. I've found the university to be very efficient, and open, there are many student associations which provide a community feel in the university. Tilburg is a great place to study with many larger cities nearby and a lot of opportunities for students.