I studied International Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen. The biggest factor influencing my choice was that my university in Hungary already had a partnership agreement with Hanze (UAS) and I could go there as an Erasmus exchange student.
Furthermore, the study was in English and I have heard that in the Netherlands almost everyone can understand and speak English. Besides, the IBE programme sounded like the perfect choice for me, so I had to go and try!
I wanted to experience life in a completely different and new environment. Spending a year abroad away from my family, friends and all the things I was used to gave me a great opportunity to compare my knowledge with other international students from all over the world, gain practical knowledge on the subject, but also how are people from different cultures acting in their everyday life.
I fell in love with the study because of the many interesting projects, such as Left-ventricle assist device design and grooving endo-femur-implant redesign. These were all practical projects where students were supported in the process by all the teachers. Moreover, we had the chance to visit lectures at the UMCG – a big and modern hospital in Groningen. I loved the whole experience and I am thankful to everyone involved with the programme.
One of the major differences I noticed while in Groningen was that almost all Dutch guys use gel to fix their hair – something which is not common for my country. Furthermore, both guys and girls are not dancing in the pubs and discos as much as in Hungary. Another thing that left impression on me was the openness and friendliness of older generations. They all seemed really kind and positive. Also it was remarkable that I could not see any difference between rich and poor people (and my Dutch friends tell me that there isn’t a big difference anyway, which sounds almost ideal).
In the near future I’d like to do a Master degree in the field of Biomedical Engineering and later work in the same field. The experience within IBE was really motivating for me and I am really thankful for the opportunity to study at the School of Engineering. See you on medical exhibitions!
Source: Hanze Mag