Name: Bozhidar Nikolov
Country of origin: Bulgaria
Programme: International Business Administration
Здравейте! Or Hello, as it is known in English. My name is Bozhidar Nikolov, Bob or Bobby for the people to whom the pronunciation of my name is equally as hard as riding a bike through a wind storm in the lovely Netherlands. I am a 19-year-old Bulgarian, currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration at University of Twente. I haven’t been in Enschede for long, only half a year, but have already had the pleasure of slipping on an ice patch whilst bicycling, gotten a couple of fast showers because of the moody weather and been kicked out of the library for overstaying my welcome, and work hours, multiple times.
Most people view the international part as a disadvantage. Leaving your family, friends, hometown... It’s tough. It’s also scary. Being on your own without the ability to turn to your mom when you screw up or don’t know how to turn on the laundromat. There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Being a part of a different and new culture is thrilling and exciting. Tasting new foods, experiencing incredible customs, traditions, and social atmospheres. You find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life. If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them."
Why the Netherlands?
The Netherlands has had a pull on me ever since I decided that I wanted to study International Business Administration abroad. Approximately 95% of the locals speak English. This factor makes living, studying, and working in the Netherlands very convenient, comfortable and pleasant for international students. One of my biggest passions is travelling. With the Netherlands’ location, in the heart of Europe, travelling is no longer a luxury. No matter where I want to go, it’s easily reachable. The Netherlands is very open and tolerant, welcoming us to share our opinions and express ourselves. This is very much encouraged during our studies. Studying in the Netherlands is not that expensive, compared with other English-speaking countries. Dutch higher education is subsidized by the government and tuition fees are relatively low. How cool is that? The beautiful scenery isn’t such a hardship as well. You should try walking around some of the parks in the Netherlands, you can literary lose track of time taking photos or just strolling around and enjoying the nature.
All our lives we are viewed as numbers. In school, in university, in our jobs. We are all tagged and labeled and even though we have student identification numbers here, in UT, we are viewed as individuals. The thing that made University of Twente stand out from the other universities is its educational model. All programmes consist of modules. Variation in teaching methods keep us alert and increase the chance that students with different learning styles can still succeed. Another awesome thing in UT is the ability to play simulation games in teams where you can see what you can achieve with the knowledge gained by spending all those countless hours in the library. The tendency for the lecturers to separate us in groups and make us work together in order to complete our tasks is a very valuable. Most people lack in the ability to work with others. UT helps us develop in that region – to learn how to cooperate and share ideas with the others on the team rather than work alone and rely on yourself. The fact that all buildings are connected through bridges for the comfort of the people who have to rush from one building to another in minimal time is one of the best features of UT’s campus. Also, the buildings are easily reachable, as they are all gathered in, what has become, the only campus in the Netherlands and the biggest one in Europe.