Laura-Lisa

LAURA-LISA HELLWIG

Germany

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION?

Study abroad, internatonal environment

My decision to study International Business Administration (IBA) was determined by several factors. I wanted to participate in an English programme at a university abroad. Also, I have always been interested in other cultures and been eager to work in an international environment. This is why the international aspect of the IBA bachelor programme was so appealing.

Business context

There are plenty of programmes leading on to careers abroad, but I chose the International Business Administration bachelor because of its business context. The fact that it delves into many different fields is useful, as it means I can discover which fields I’m most interested in and possibly go onto do a master’s programme in one of these fields. Finally, the programme involves a lot of interaction with companies. That provides me with a chance to see how the theory works in practice. The opportunity to go abroad for a semester is also very valuable to me.

CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR CHOICE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE?

I knew I wanted to study in the Netherlands, so naturally I visited some universities around the country. One of the reasons I chose the UT was the overwhelming first impression it made on me during my first visit and during chats with some of the lecturers and students. The huge campus with places to relax after lectures and a lot of small ponds, has a very special atmosphere. The whole campus is a lot like a small city in a big park. Even after two years at the UT, when I cycle across the campus to my flat, I'm still impressed by the atmosphere and the beautiful environment.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR STUDYING EXPERIENCES?

I just finished the second year of the bachelor’s programme and I am still totally convinced I made the right choice in coming here. It is not just the programme itself; the professors and teachers also make this course unique. Whenever I have questions or do not understand certain aspects of what I am being taught, my teachers are happy to help and to put extra time into clarifying things. Basically, you never feel you’re on your own. Even when the many assignments, tests and exams seem like a lot of work, I can always go to my study advisor for help.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE WEEK LOOK LIKE?

Normally, I have lectures about four days a week, but they don't take up the whole of the day. As we have a lot of group assignments, I often meet with my assignment groups after lectures. Sometimes, I do a lot of reading at home to prepare for upcoming lectures. Even though my university work is sometimes very time-consuming, I still have time to take my horse out and go riding every day. 

On my free days, I work for an online marketing company. At around 6 pm, I get together with my flatmates and we have dinner. Evenings vary; we sometimes watch a movie together or play board games. As exam time draws near, me and some friends often form study groups. We go to the university library and rent a room to study there together. It is far more motivating to study together and it helps a lot to talk about things that are likely to come up in the exams.

To meet all the deadlines, I study a lot during weekends, too. Approximately once a month I go home to see my parents. I think it’s important to balance studying with the fun side of student life. It can be quite difficult, because of the pressure on assignments, tests and exams. Often my friends and I end up making plans for the great things we’re going to be doing when the exams are over, but when another quartile has ended and the new courses have started again, we find ourselves once again facing too many deadlines to do a lot of fun stuff. But there are more relaxed times, too, when we go out partying, or meet up for other fun stuff.

HOW’S STUDENT LIFE IN ENSCHEDE?

On top of my studying, I have a lot of opportunities to participate in sports and cultural clubs as well as student associations. I am in an international committee. We do cocktail evenings and get together for fun. Enschede is nice for going out. The city centre has a lot of pubs and a few dance clubs. As everything is within easy reach, can easily switch from one club to the next. Most of the students live in shared flats. I live in a flat on campus with 5 other students. We cook together every evening and organise flat activities. In my opinion, living in a Dutch flat is the best way to get to know the culture and to learn the language.

WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN BESIDES STUDYING?

I am in one of the committees of our student association. We organise academic and fun events for students from all over Europe, which makes my student experience even more multicultural. Also, I do horse riding and running. I love to meet friends and enjoy student life by going to parties in the city centre or doing relaxing stuff together. In order to finance my studies, I work for an online marketing company. On top of bringing in some money, it allows me to gain work experience related to the courses I’m taking at university. Whenever my schedule allows me to skip a few days, I love to travel through Europe with a student network that organises different kinds of events, such as company visits, meeting people from different countries and fun activities.

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