Country of origin: Greece
Programme: nanotechnology (MSc)
Hello everyone! My name is Lida Vrachati, I am 25 years old and I come from Athens. I completed my bachelor studies at the Physics Department at the University of Crete (Greece) and currently I am in the second year of the Nanotechnology Master programme, here, at the University of Twente. I feel grateful to be part and complete my Master studies in one of the best and highly ranked technical Universities in the Netherlands.
Studying abroad is a really challenging experience. It gives the opportunity to students from all over the world to meet, gain knowledge and expertise, interact, exchange ideas and broaden their views, work together and bond in academic and personal level.
University of Twente was my first choice to pursue with my postgraduate studies. It is one of the world’s leading research universities having a world-wide reputation in many scientific areas. What is also remarkable is that it has already been recognized as the Netherlands’ most entrepreneurial university, rewarding creativity and innovation. The University provides an exceptionally open style of teaching and communicating which enhances the collaboration between students and academic staff.
Our campus is breathtaking and undoubtedly the prettiest part of our city! Green areas, trees, lakes and animals compose a magical and peaceful scenery where you can always relax after a stressful day. When I first came, people welcomed me with a big smile, kindness and they were always by my side when I needed help. The entire atmosphere at the university is so friendly that made me feel like being home from the very first time.
For all these reasons University of Twente attracts students from all over the world, creating a colorful multicultural community that everyday gives me the chance to expand my network of contacts, get exposed to other cultures, become more open minded and evolve as a human. Last but not least, tuition fees are much more affordable compared to the majority of the Western European Universities for all EU citizens.
It is a dream to be located in the heart of Europe and travel easily to nearby countries by just taking the train. Dutch everyday life is very easy going and it uses a lot of the technology and of course bikes, bikes, bikes!!! The Netherlands is a country where you can ‘’survive’’ even if do not speak Dutch since almost everybody is fluent in English. As a country, it has always been open to ethnic diversity and despite its small area, it has a lot of high-tech industries contributing to world development and innovation.
I am also the manager of the Greece Portal on Facebook. Through this portal, we try to inform and help the upcoming students of University of Twente. For example, by visiting the Portal future students can have a look at the program they are interested in or to find out more about the international student life and Dutch culture. Please, feel free to contact me for any questions that you may have, I will be glad to help you. :) For more information about the University of Twente you can also visit our Greek web page.