CSTM offers a number of opportunities for Bachelor students to incorporate sustainability issues into their studies and to broaden their horizon by going abroad for internships.

Bachelor courses

CSTM researchers are involved in the following courses, which are part of various Bachelor programmes:

Minor: Innovations in Sustainable Chain Management

The central theme of this minor is improving the production and consumption chains from the perspective of societal challenges (3P 'People-Planet-Profit' perspective). It is one of the University of Twente's 'High Tech, Human Touch' (HTHT) minors which aim to illuminate specific societal themes for which the UT develops solutions. More information is available in the course brochure (PDF).

Innovations in Sustainable Chain Management: Analysis (202001438)
Innovations in Sustainable Chain Management: Design (202001418)

Minor: Crossing Borders

This minor offers students opportunities to gain international experience by going abroad for a field study, a study tour, or by working from the Netherlands with international partners. Where possible, the students’ study background will be connected to the international project that they will carry out. More information on the objectives and structure of the minor Crossing Borders is available on the minor's website.

Take a look at the stories of some Bachelor students who went abroad for their internships with the help of CSTM:

  • Bali, Indonesia (Sarah Hollan)

    For my internship I spent 3 months in Bali, Indonesia. On Bali I worked for Sjaki-Tari-Us which is a school for mentally disabled children. A Dutch man founded this organization in 2002 because there are only few schools for mentally disabled children on Bali, so a lot of Balinese children do not get any kind of education. Children at Sjaki-Tari-Us get lessons within so called playing-learning groups. There is also a group with teenagers in order to teach them social life skills.

    At Sjaki-Tari-Us I did research about the teaching methods for mathematics and numeracy in order to let them improve their lessons in mathematics. I lived in a house next to a Balinese family which made it possible to get to know a lot of the Balinese culture. Balinese people were always very open and friendly and where pleased to show me more of their island. The teachers at Sjaki-Tari-Us always made the impression that they are very happy that I as a volunteer want to help them. They followed up advices and ideas very quickly which made working there very nice because I got the feeling that the host organization is really going to use my knowledge and expertise. Because the host organization is well known in the Netherlands, a lot of Dutch volunteers were working there during my stay. Hanging out with the other volunteers during my free-time made that I remember my stay on Bali as a great experience which was so worth doing it.

    Rice fields in Indonesia  BSc student with local partners

  • Arusha, Tanzania (Lasse Kröger)

    Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, therefore experiencing a culture shock will not come as a surprise. However once I got used to the culture I couldn’t have enjoyed my stay more. I volunteered for three months in an orphanage in Arusha and met some incredible people during this time. The people in Tanzania are very friendly and interested in you, therefore it was no problem for me to make friends there. All in all it was a life changing experience for me.

    There were probably two things I enjoyed most during my stay in Africa. The first one was working with the children in the orphanage. I almost immediately connected with a lot of kids and had a great time teaching, playing and learning with them. The second one was exploring the amazing country of Tanzania. Whether it is the Serengeti national park, the Ngorongoro crater, Lake Victoria, Zanzibar or Mount Kilimanjaro the next amazing place is in Tanzania always just around the corner.

    BSc student with local children