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Saying goodbye to Tilburg

Student stories 29 June 2007, 00:00

The semester is coming to an end and exchange students from across the globe are packing up and leaving Tilburg to return to their home countries.

The semester is coming to an end and exchange students from across the globe are packing up and leaving Tilburg to return to their home countries. What were their most memorable experiences as exchange students? What have they learned during their stay at Tilburg University? Will they miss Tilburg at all?

1) Etienne Duclot from France (22, Law): 'I've learned a lot about other cultures'

  • Why did you decide to come to Tilburg for your exchange programme?

"Tilburg University has a master's programme that interested me, and I liked the fact that I could travel from here and see many different places."

  • What was your best experience as an exchange student?

"Living with people from different countries is a very good experience. You learn a lot about how other people and other cultures work. And definitely the Orange party organised in the Lamme Goedzak by ESN. Everyone was dressed in orange. I have very good memories of that party."

  • What was your worst experience?

"That would have to be returning from the university by bike to Stappegoor where I live in the pouring rain."

2) Orbay Unsay from Turkey (20, Business Administration): 'I have built some strong friendships here'

  • Why did you decide to come to Tilburg for your exchange programme?

"Tilburg University has one of the best economics faculties in Europe, and I thought it would be a very different experience from Turkey. Also because of the Netherlands' central location in Europe. I could go visit other countries, and I heard many good things about the Dutch, and I thought that I would be able to adapt well to the Dutch culture."

  • What was your best experience as an exchange student?

"Just living with various people from different places. I really built some strong friendships here and I am sure I will meet up with some of the people I met here again."

  • What was your worst experience?

"I arrived here on a Sunday and I didn't know that all the supermarkets here were closed on Sunday. I had just arrived and barely had anything to eat. That was a bad beginning."

3) Una Travers from Ireland (21, Business and Economics) 'Student participation is very important here'

  • Why did you decide to come to Tilburg for your exchange programme?

"Tilburg is in the European top five for economics, and I wanted an exchange for six months and that was what Tilburg University offered. Also, I like the Netherlands and it is close to home."

  • What was your best experience as an exchange student?

"That would have to be the international dinners that ESN organised. Every Tuesday we would eat in a different place. It was great." What was your worst experience? "Having to stand up in class, presenting. Here they require a lot more participation from students than they do back home."

4) Heather Mcclure from Scotland (20, Law):

  • Why did you decide to come to Tilburg for your exchange program?

"I wanted to go somewhere in Europe where they speak English and I wanted to study somewhere where the laws are different from ours. In the Netherlands some laws are very different."

  • What was your best experience as an exchange student?

"I loved all the Dutch holidays like carnival and Queen's day. For Queen's day we went to Amsterdam. I celebrated carnival in Koln, but I also saw the Tilburg parade."

  • What was your worst experience?

"The biking. I have fallen off my bike so many times and have gotten countless bruises, not to mention all the broken locks and the expenses I made with my bike."

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