STUDENT experience

LUKE SHUTTLEWORTH, GREAT BRITAIN


HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT TO STUDY?

I was interested in following an international programme that combined various fields in the social sciences. After looking at numerous universities and programmes, I found that the University of Twente offered a really interesting combination of law, political science, economics and sociology. On top of that, it was very encouraging to find that many of the courses at the UT are set up on a small scale, with interesting, interactive forms of education.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY AT THE UT? 

I felt the programme offered by the UT had a very interesting way of combining the four disciplines: law, political science, economics and sociology. On top of that, I thought it would be a nice experience to study at a campus university with all student organisations, sports clubs and lecture halls located near each other. Most of the UT buildings are also quite modern with good facilities, which is also a big plus.

HOW ARE YOU ENJOYING YOUR STUDIES AT THE UT? 

I am enjoying the programme quite a lot. Most of the courses are interesting and are conducted in interactive and varied ways. The small class sizes also make it easy to consult professors directly if anything is unclear, which can be a huge help. Another point is that in the third year, you can spend a semester abroad without having to accept a study delay, as the semester abroad is integrated in your overall study schedule.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

A typical week would probably see me go to lectures and tutorials about 3-4 times a week. Since most of the programme is based on self-study, I spend quite a lot of time reading relevant books or scientific articles and meeting other students for group assignments. Next to studying, I usually play football about four times a week and spend the rest of my time either meeting friends or with my flatmates on campus. Sometimes, we might go to the city centre for a drink, or else we just relax together on campus. 

HOW IS STUDENT LIFE IN ENSCHEDE? 

Student life in Enschede is surprisingly interesting, considering it is quite a small city. The city centre has plenty of great bars and pubs to visit in the evening, and there are also some good places to go on campus. Another advantage is that the campus offers so many different facilities: you can join a wide range of sports clubs or cultural organisations. Also, there are events organised by various associations almost every week – plenty to keep oneself busy.

WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES STUDYING?

I make use of the various sports facilities offered on campus. You can go swimming or play badminton whenever you want to. I also joined the student football team, VV Drienerlo, which offers a great opportunity to meet new people. Apart from that, I’m doing the university’s honours programme, which combines studies with various projects. This means I get to meet students doing other programmes, too.

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