Hannah about the University College Twente

University college of 
Doing it my way

2nd  year ATLAS student from Germany

"What fascinates me about ATLAS is the breadth of topics you get to deal with, and how they are always integrated with each other"  

My Decision

In 2011 I took a summer course on the physics of the earth’s climate. It covered not only the technical perspective, but also the political and societal ramifications of climate change. The course was based on teamwork and problem solving. We also learned new skills, like modelling and academic writing. I really enjoyed the structure of that summer course, and I knew that I wanted to find a similarly structured Bachelor’s programme. ATLAS turned out to be that programme. I can honestly say that I could not have made a better choice.


What fascinates me about the ATLAS programme is the breadth of topics you get to deal with, and how they are always integrated with each other. The unique educational approach at University College Twente makes this possible. ATLAS is a continuous challenge, and I’m absolutely thrilled that I signed up for this programme.  


Moving to the Netherlands and studying in English didn’t bother me in the least. Most of the current scientific literature is already in English. Besides, I knew I would be studying in English when I started. The biggest surprise was discovering the big differences between the Dutch and German cultures. Dutch people, especially at University College Twente, seem to be more open and somehow relaxed. The university itself is far less hierarchical and way more flexible than the ones I know in Germany. Teachers are very approachable and always willing to lend a hand.

Read the stories of Florianne and Nick

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