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Rutuja from India

Name: Rutuja
Country of origin: India

“Follow your dreams, they know the way.”

Hello! My name is Rutuja Dolas and I am currently a first-year MSc student of Business Information Technology (BIT) at the University of Twente. I’m from Mumbai - the city of dreams in India.

Why the University of Twente?

I have always been a unique individual when it comes to academia. I strongly believe that one should pursue something if and only if they are passionate about it. I have always had a desire to study abroad. When choosing the university my first main priority was to select a course which I would love to take it forward in my professional career after my master's. I was looking for a course which had a mixture of both Data Science and Business. And fortunately, the University of Twente had this specialisation in Business IT. The course was the best fit to my requirements and areas of interest which were offered by this University. And therefore, I found that The Netherlands was best suited for my learning phase and future career.

Do you have a question for me?

Contact me via the dedicated Facebook page for Indian students.

For more information about the University of Twente, you can also visit our India web page.

It is amazing how beautiful the campus is, with so much of greenery, huge trees, and lakes. Every year during the winter season there is a snowfall for few days, and it makes the campus look like a snow world. Furthermore, the University offers me the opportunity to acquire a deep knowledge about the different nationalities and cultures we have in the world due to the high number of international students. 

Living in the netherlands

I am a food lover and I love to try different traditional food cuisines. And when I came to the Netherlands, I had to try Dutch food. Stroopwafels, bitterballen, frites en fritessaus, kibbeling, vending machine food like croquettes, cheese, appeltart, poffertjes, and hagelslag (Yeah, it sounds a bit unhealthy)

But what’s the best way to combat all of that? Biking! Yeah, and it’s fun.

I live in a student accommodation on campus, but the city is only a few minutes away. Therefore, it is easier for me to get to early morning classes. Immersing yourself in a different language is an experience in itself. This is especially true if you’re trying to learn Dutch. I can understand and speak basic Dutch. It honestly took me months just to master the ‘G sound’. Although everyone over here speaks in English and therefore I never felt a language barrier.

The Netherlands is a very picturesque country. Whether it’s walking along the canals of cities like Amsterdam or biking through the tulip fields in spring, there is always something nice to look at. Then, when visiting cities like Rotterdam and Eindhoven, you get an appreciation for architecture and modern living if that’s your thing. And of course, Enschede it is as peaceful and beautiful as the other big cities in Netherlands. In general, it’s just a beautiful place to be.

In the Netherlands, you’ll live in a world with delicious Dutch treats, rekindle your love of cycling and the great outdoors. Your camera and phone will go into overdrive at all the beautiful things to capture.

But there is something that can be a bit dangerous. Ice cream or ‘ijsje’ from Van der Poel! Trust me it is an addiction. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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