Rabea from Germany

Name: rabea
Country of origin: Germany
Programme: International Business Administration (BSc)

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. 

My name is Rabea Adams and I’m a 18-year-old IBA student from Germany. I was born and raised in Castrop-Rauxel which is a small town close to Dortmund in North-Rhine-Westfalia. In my free time I like dancing, meeting with my friends, shopping, doing creative things and photography. I am a passionate traveller. I really enjoy discovering new places, cultures and languages. I speak German, English, French and Spanish and currently I am learning some Dutch. Communicating wherever I want to makes lots of things easier.

Why the Netherlands?

Since I graduated from high school in summer 2016, I already informed myself about study opportunities in Autumn 2015. I visited lots of Open Days in Germany, but it didn’t fit to my expectations. Most universities are quite big and it is normal that you sit in a lecture hall with 700-1000 other people and that the courses are overcrowded, moreover, there are only a few universities that offer study programmes taught in English.

Further more, I wanted to have a kind of international experience. Meeting new people from all over the world doesn’t help you just for career but also for your personality. The Netherlands seemed to be the right place for all those things, even if it is not that far from my hometown.

I really like the Dutch culture and language. There are lots of similarities but also lots of differences in comparison to Germany. The first thing that is notable is the infrastructure for bicycles which makes riding a bike a lot more fun than in Germany.

Concerning the University of Twente, I really like the campus and the modern buildings. Everything is nearby and you don’t have to overcome much distance to get from Building X to Building Y.

I live close to the city center of Enschede. Enschede is a kind of a small big city. It has a lot to offer in terms of free time activities as well as shopping (which is perfect for me). So that was definitely one of the main reasons why I chose to move to Twente.

Going abroad is a big step in my life but I am sure it’s going to be a great experience!


Do you have a question for Rabea? Contact her via our dedicated German Facebook page. You can also read more about her experiences at the University of Twente on her German Blog.

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