Hi, my name is Jennifer Weingarten. I’m from Cologne, in Germany, and currently living in Enschede, where I am studying International Business Administration at the University of Twente. During high school, I spent one year in Florida, where I realised the importance of doing a business study in English. At a fair in Cologne, I received flyers from different universities in the Netherlands and I got excited about studying here. I heard about the International Business Administration programme offered by the University of Twente and decided to check it out. The Open Day was extremely well organised; I had all my questions answered and got to tour the campus as well as the city of Enschede. By the end, I knew this course was exactly what I was looking for.
LIVING AND STUDYING IN ENSCHEDE
I moved to Enschede straight after high school and was fortunate to find a room quickly. I currently live in a student house on campus with 12 Dutch and one other German student. We have dinner together every evening and do a lot of nice things, like bowling. Back in Germany, I was involved in volleyball and jazz dance, so I´ve joined associations for those two sports here as well. I play volleyball in a mixed team, which is great fun. It’s a very sociable group; we do a lot of other activities together besides playing volleyball. Socialising like that is also a fun way for me to improve my Dutch.
I have also joined the IBA promotion team. We inform parents and potential students about the IBA programme during Open Days and visit schools to give presentations on the course. I enjoy this work, because I’m eager to share my experiences with others.
COMBINATION OF THEORY AND PRACTICE
The programme at the University of Twente offers the best elements of its German and Dutch counterparts, with a combination of theory and practice. At first, I was worried this might be very different to what I was used to at school, but the small groups and personal supervision have, in fact, proven to be a great source of support.
For example, for the classes on Business English & Communication Skills, I´m in a group of 8 students; we all get the attention and help we need. Besides attending lectures, I also have to read and study a lot on my own. This is called self-study and I usually go to the library for this, as there are no distractions there. A lot of IBA students study there, which is very motivating.
Regarding the coming years, I know for sure that I’d like to study or do my internship abroad. So it’s great that our curriculum accommodates for this. I’m not entirely sure where I’d like to go yet, although I’d be really interested in Sweden or Finland. Australia would also be very interesting!