Student's experience

Bayu, second-year student

Hi, I’m Bayu Dharmaputra. I come from Jakarta, Indonesia, and I am now 19 years old.

Before I went to the Netherlands, I knew that there are three technical universities in the Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Twente. I consulted my uncle, who used to be a student in Delft, I surfed the Internet about the environment of the universities and I read the testimonials from alumni. However, I was informed that Delft and Eindhoven won’t accept my diploma because I only had a National Standard diploma from my country and they wanted an International Baccalaureate diploma. I talked to my uncle again and he said “Don’t worry, when I was a student in Delft, the University of Twente always had new innovations that we had never even thought about before. That is the place for new innovations to grow!”. I therefore decided to study at the University of Twente, and guess what, after studying for a year, I never regretted my choice.

Since I was in junior high school, Robotics has been a fascinating subject for me. I’ve been to many countries to join different competition in robotics. However, that wasn’t about building a robot scientifically, it was more like a game. I wanted to build a “real” robot. Therefore, I need a strong background in mechanical engineering and electronics. I read the curriculum of Advanced Technology online and saw that mechanical engineering and electronics are part of the curriculum, which is really what I wanted.

What I like best about Advanced Technology is the applied way of learning. Every time you learn something new in the lectures (engineering and math), you will also apply this in the project you are working on. For me it is really important to know the application of the knowledge that we’ve acquired.

Most of the day I spend on campus to attend the lectures or project meetings. Every Monday and Wednesday the honours programme takes place in which I participate. The honours programme is an extra program provided by the university for people who want to learn more than just their field of study. I like the courses in the honours programme, they open my eyes to the world and to things that I’ve never seen before.

Enschede is a pretty fun city. It isn’t too busy (like Jakarta) so that I can study and concentrate. The city has everything you need: supermarket, hairdresser, guitar store, electronics stores etc. If you live in the city centre, like me, you can reach everything by walking. It is really great to live in the city centre! If I get bored at home, I can just walk to the electronics store and look around or meet up with friends in a café on the ‘Oude Markt’.

My hobby is to play music. I play the guitar and I also have a band with other Indonesian students. We normally practice once a week. If there is no practice, I will just play my guitar by myself, record it and produce it with my laptop. It is good actually to have a hobby, you can release the stress of studying and relax your brain!

Studying in the Netherlands and at the University of Twente is really nice! It is more about self-responsibility. For example, it is not obligatory to attend the lectures in order to be able to join the exam. In Indonesia each student is required to attend 80% of the lectures if they want to join the exam. That is not the case here. We have to be really mature and responsible for ourselves. Another great thing is that there is no huge gap between the lecturer and the student, you can just send email to the lecturer or come to their office and they will answer all your questions, really nice!

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