University: Rotterdam School of Management - Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Course: International Business Administration
Which year you are in: 1st year
Home Town in UK: Thirsk, North Yorkshire
1. Why did you choose to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad for a variety of reasons.
The first influential factor that motivated me to look into studying abroad was the increase in tuition fees (I now fortunately pay one sixth in the Netherlands in comparison to GBP 9,000 in the UK). Also I wanted to study international business in some form in the UK and take a year abroad, so I thought why not spend my whole time abroad? With business becoming ever more global, the chance to study abroad should give me a competitive advantage when looking to work for an international company in the future.
2. How would you rate the assistance of the university before you arrived (the application process, finding accommodation, sorting out financial matters)?
The assistance from the university was fantastic, I received regular e-mails explaining where to get the best advice for queries I had which was great. They were incredibly responsive.
3. How would you rate the assistance of the university when you arrived (orientation etc)?
IBA is such a popular course, with over 450 students from around the world I don't think that they could afford to give bad assistance. However, if I was ever slightly confused by the information provided, the students would communicate with one another and the problem would be resolved.
4. Did you feel prepared when you arrived and/or what surprised you?
I felt prepared in terms of accommodation and financial backing. I was surprised by the intensity of the course.
The pass percentage is much higher than in UK, thus, more study is required. Although, there are always parties going on like at any university, it is just important to manage your time well.
5. How would you rate the learning environment (teaching style, studying with other international students, non-native English speaking lecturers)?
The environment is great as not only are there lectures, but the workshops that the 1st years do, taught by 2nd years are extremely helpful.
Coming from the UK , a small town in North Yorkshire, it has been truly eye opening to be sat in a class room with fellow students from all over. The non-native English lectures obviously have some sort of accent, but that is it, you can always understand, there are no communication problems.
6. Would you recommend studying abroad to a 17-18 year old Brit who might never have thought about it before?
Without question, at such a young age to get the opportunity to experience many different cultures in one single environment is something that I feel should not be turned down. Even if you do not go abroad in the end, it is definitely worth looking at as it might influence you to try a gap year travelling or a foreign internship.
7. Is there anything you wish someone had told you at the time you applied?
As I have only been here two weeks I have had no problems so far, possibly the cost of books could have been mentioned as I failed to budget for these.
8. Would you recommend your course, university, city to British students?
I would unquestionably recommend this course to anyone who is excited about International Business. There are also lots of European universities offering similar courses.
My message to future students would be: Look into it, what's the worst that can happen?!