Are you interested in studying abroad? However, are just not sure where to go? Therefore in this post, I will tell you, why you should not stop reading because this might be your best study choice yet!
Besides viewing the Online Open Days that are available from various Dutch institutions, the simple answer is: why not? As the Netherlands offers it all!
In any case we invite you to join the webinar to learn more details here.
Here are already 5 reasons to choose the Netherlands as your next place to study abroad:
Great level of English
High level of education
Open minded culture
These are just a few things the Netherlands has to offer you. Apart from the very open minded culture, the Dutch people might surprise you as well.
In addition, on an equally important note.. student life will not disappoint. Offering countless shops, bars, clubs. With cities like Amsterdam hosting ADE every year and countless festival opportunities, studying in the Netherlands will not be boring.
With their great level of English, central location and in addition, a unique cuisine. The Netherlands really is the place to be!
Finally, are you still interested? Then check out these free Online Open Days that are available from various Dutch institutions, and provide background information on their study programmes, benefits, scholarships, housing etc.
Check out their Online Open Days on our Portal and we hope that helps you to discover the benefits of why to study in the Netherlands!
LIFE AS A BUDDY – MARTINA GUARNACCIA : A MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING STUDENT TELLS US ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE AS A BUDDY
After you have spend months researching where to study, through online research, Webinars/ blogs (like these!) etc. finally it is time to move abroad. But then suddenly your excitement can turn to nerves, obstacles and challenges.. all part of studying abroad (which personally I think is an important part of growing your confidence and character). Politecnico di Milano helps in these first months and offers a unique service to International students: the Buddy System.
What does a Buddy do? They are students already enrolled in our university, who are matched with foreign students to assist them from the phase prior to their arrival in Italy and for the first months of their stay. They are the most challenging months for people who come from a far-away country and need to adapt not only to a new academic environment but also to a culture and traditions often distant from their own.
To introduce you to the Buddy experience more closely, we met a student who had this experience last year, and who wanted to tell us about it. Her name is Martina Guarnaccia, she is a third-year student of management engineering, and she is going to graduate shortly.
HI MARTINA! HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THE BUDDY SERVICE?
Thanks to an email that was sent to all the students, which explained how the project worked. And it immediately caught my interest.
WHAT THEN PROMPTED YOU TO APPLY TO BE A BUDDY?
I wanted to jump into something new. It seemed an interesting idea because it was also an opportunity to practice my English. And above all it would enable me to meet new people and learn about new cultures.
AND IS THIS ACTUALLY WHAT HAPPENED?
Yes, definitely. In fact, it exceeded my expectations. Just imagine that my friends were really envious because they wished they had applied to do it too.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE STUDENT YOU WERE A BUDDY FOR
We started getting to know each other a bit before he came to Italy. In mid-February, we exchanged contact details, then he arrived in early March and stayed until the end of June.
WHAT DOES A BUDDY ACTUALLY DO?
They show new international students how things work at the Politecnico and help them to find their feet when they first get here. It’s difficult at first at university for all new students, even more so for someone who arrives from abroad and finds himself immersed in Italian culture for the first time.
My first job was to act as a guide, helping Mateusz to navigate the classrooms, labs, lectures and exams. If he needed to know anything, he sent me a message on WhatsApp asking for help. Even when he couldn’t understand someone who was talking too fast, he sometimes recorded it and sent me the audio so I could explain what they were saying.
WHAT ABOUT FREE TIME?
In addition to the academic side, there is obviously also social life. I introduced him to my friends, we met several times after lectures for lunch or aperitifs, to show him a bit of life in Milan outside of the university lecture halls.
I showed him around Milan. He also came to see me in Monza; I took him to the park of the royal palace. He was captivated by the squirrels, which were running about although it was very cold.
The Buddy department also sent us regular ideas for fun group activities, to do together with other students and other buddies.
SO, YOU FORMED A GOOD FRIENDSHIP WITH MATEUSZ?
We became friends right away and we continue to stay in touch even now that he is back in Poland.
At Easter, he came to my home for lunch, where he met my family. My parents have always been open to new people and cultures. He was so lovely, he showed up with roses for my mum and wine for my dad.
My Sicilian grandmother was there, who does not speak English. I tried to act as a language intermediary, but there was almost no need. She told him riddles in Sicilian and he had fun trying to repeat them. He was also a source of great satisfaction for my family in the kitchen: he absolutely loved Sicilian cooking!
We have formed a really lovely friendship, which will last, even if it is just to say hi and ask each other how we are. Will we see one another again in September, in Milan, Warsaw, London? Who knows!
TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU
At a certain point, he had to go back to Warsaw. When he came back to Milan, he had to move to a new area. I went to pick him up at the airport and found him standing in the middle of a pile of huge boxes that didn’t fit in my little Panda. We really had no idea how to get all these clothes in the car, and we spent the journey laughing, jam-packed in the middle of packages and things flying about from one side to the other.
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE ENRICHED YOU?
At the end of this period as a Buddy, I can say that I am really happy with the experience. I did not expect to find someone who also wanted to form a friendship, as well as needing practical help. It also depends on the mutual attitude of the people: in our case, we were lucky.
It is a project that benefits both sides. “You help me in English and I’ll help you in Italian,” we said to each other. Practising English daily helps a lot in getting to grips with the language. He even learned some Italian.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS PROJECT TO OTHER STUDENTS AT THE POLITECNICO?
As you’ll probably have gathered, definitely yes.
After meeting Mateusz and seeing what a lovely bond we had created, my friends were really interested in this project. Even my parents are always asking after him now.
I wanted to jump into a new experience that would also allow me to practice my English and get in touch with new people and cultures. My expectations were even exceeded.
MATEUSZ HAS NOW RETURNED TO WARSAW, BUT HE WANTED TO LEAVE US A MEMORY OF HIS EXPERIENCE…
I learned about the Buddy system from my friends who were on Erasmus in previous years, and it was definitely a very helpful service.
Martina turned out to be very helpful. I didn’t think that much. She even helped me pick up my luggage from the first apartment and picked me up and my mom at the airport when she came to visit me. Additionally, through her I met other students from our university. It is completely different when you come as a tourist and don’t know anyone, and when you know someone local.
A great friendship was born for sure. I’m waiting for Martina to visit me in London or Warsaw!
A good reception can really be crucial for a student who comes from abroad. If you want to help out too, you can apply to become a Buddy, the companion who will be his/her point of reference before arrival and during the first period of acclimatization.
Join the next Webinar on September 22nd and find out more here:
You want to study abroad and don’t know where? Or you did already study abroad and want to repeat the time of your life? Studying abroad means collecting the best memories while being a student. You should take this opportunity and learn what Europe has got to offer.
1. Study ´la dolce vita´
Italy is one of the highest valued countries to study abroad and not without reason. It has a great lifestyle, for all the famous obvious reasons, as well as provides a solid high quality Education. Especially in the northern capital of Lombardy Milan, where we find many top-ranked Universities such as Politecnico di Milano, MIP Milano, Universita Cattolica and University di Pavia. You can study in ancient buildings with great atmosphere, motivating you to make a place in history whilst enjoying the latest trends in fashion, technology and dining in the best restaurants or zipping on a ´Spritz´ in great value for money ´Aperitivos´.
Munich is one the most visited cities in Germany. That’s one of the many reasons why a great number of students all over the world decide to study there. Because of the strong economy, a lot of well-known companys like BMW are based there. So you have opportunites to enhance your degree by doing an internship. And what else? Well the Germans are famous for their beer, so don’t wait and live in a city with the biggest beer festival of the world! You will also get to partake in the unique Bavarian culture. And since it’s located in the South of Germany, you don’t have to worry about the cold weather. In summer it can be up to 30 degrees.
Do you like fashion, quality lifestyle, baguettes and wine? Then France is for you! Even if you don’t, France offer many cities, besides Paris, where you can combine a nice cultural lifestyle with your studies. The universities are some of the best in Europe. Studying there, you will have the chance to learn the language of love that will give you a big plus in your CV. In Paris you see a lot of different cultures living together in peace, so you will meet intellectuals from all over the world and gain an international mindset. Also we can highlight other cities such as Poitiers which are very well worth to check out due to better value for money study destinations.
Barcelona is not only loved by tourists. International students enjoy the student life in the capital city of the Catalan Province. The universities in Barcelona are historically recognized. If business and marketing are your passions, then you have a varied selction of renowned business schools. Is Spanish not one of your native languages? Don’t worry, you can live in this international place using English, or you can choose to enroll in one of the many Spanish courses available in the city! During your spare time, you will be able to embrace the vibrant culture and unique nightlife of Barcelona as well the beaches in and around the city.
Yes you read that right, that is now possible via new programs brought to you by the European Union called ´EC2U´. They allow you to study in Germany, France, Italy as well as Portugal, Romania and Spain!
If you want to study abroad and need more information, then you should have a look at our upcoming Online Open Days . These interactive sessions will give you all the details about the universities and get you a step closer to finding your dream programme to study abroad. Dont wait, sign up today!
Looking for a change of scenery? Dreaming of a life and a career in Canada?
Then we have good news for you! As you can study & work at the Canadian College of Technology and Business (CCTB) in the following fields:
Cybersecurity Risk Management with Co-op
Data Engineering and Analytics with Co-op
Diploma in Digital Marketing Specialist with Co-op
Diploma in Business Management Co-op (Daytime and Evening Options)
Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management Co-op (Daytime and Evening Options)
CCTB is one of the main Canadian colleges choice among international students and it is especially known for its focus on the employability of the students, taking into consideration the changing global economy.
By registering here you can already get most information regarding the programs, benefits, housing, career services etc. and get in contact when interested:
As your kid ages, one key question you’ll have to grapple with is whether to send them to preschool or not. Some people believe preschool education isn’t that important and can be easily missed out on, but others think it’s a crucial part of a child’s development. Regardless of which side you are on, the truth is that preschool education is essential to a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.
If you’ve already decided to take your child to a preschool, you need to know how to pick the best school. The institution your kid attends plays a significant role in shaping their future and how they interact with the world. According to research, the average preschool-age child spends about thirty-two hours per week in some form of early care and education. This means if you select a school that doesn’t have a welcoming environment and necessary resources, your kid will spend a considerable chunk of their childhood in an unhappy place. This guide will give you some tips on how tofind the best preschool in Singapore and any country in the world.
Unfortunately, some preschools don’t have qualified teachers. Their aim is only to make a profit and not to offer quality education. Teachers are the driving force of preschools. They instill good morals and manners early, aid in learners’ intellectual and physical development, and help the children socialize. It’s, therefore, vital that the teachers in a preschool be qualified.
The best way to determine if preschool teachers are qualified is to visit the schools and enquire. If the staff is reluctant to share the information, that’s a clear sign that they have something to hide. A good institution should have teachers with valid early childhood education certification. Also, the lead teacher should have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field or a master’s degree.
Apart from the normal degree or diploma preschool teachers have, they should also be proficient in first aid and CPR for infants and toddlers. This way, in case of an emergency, they’ll be in a position to help.
The operating hours of a preschool are also an essential factor to consider when making your decision. Some institutions may only offer care during standard business hours, while others may extend their hours to accommodate working parents. If you and your spouse stay at work until late, an institution with extended operating hours may be more suitable for your family. You may want to consider a preschool that offers full-day care if you have young children. Before making your choice, consider your family’s needs and schedules.
Besides offering services during the regular operating hours, a good preschool should also offer before and after-school programs. For instance, they should provide weekend classes to accommodate parents who work on those days. In addition, the institution should have a summer program to keep your child occupied during the long vacation.
Where a preschool is located matters for many reasons. If you live in the same neighborhood as the institution, drop-offs, and pick-ups can be easier. But if you reside in a different area, you may have to factor in travel time to and from the school. Although this may not be an issue for you, especially if you can drop your kid off, the commute can be stressful for some parents. If the institution is too far, getting involved in your child’s education and activities can also be problematic.
Additionally, a good preschool shouldn’t be in a crowded and noisy environment as this can be overwhelming and distracting for young children. Instead, it should be in a safe and relaxed setting conducive to learning and have an easily accessible and safe playground for outdoor activities.
The number of students in a class can impact the effectiveness of learning. If learners are crowded in one space, offering each individual attention can be quite challenging. This means the teachers won’t also be able to determine which students need more help.
In general, classes shouldn’t exceed twenty students. Such environments have been found to create the best opportunities for learning because they enable the teacher to focus on each learner, monitor their progress, and offer adequate assistance.
When looking at class size, you should also consider the teacher-to-student ratio. The ideal ratio is 1:10, but anything below 1:15 is also quite good. If the number of students exceeds this, it will be challenging for the teacher to provide adequate attention to each individual.
Several philosophies guide early childhood education, including Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, HighScope, and Montessori. The approach that a school takes will influence its curriculum.
When looking at schools, you should ask about the curriculum to get a sense of what your child will be learning. You should also consider how the curriculum is delivered. Some schools use a more traditional approach with teacher-led instruction, and others use a more child-centered approach where the child leads their learning.
The Bottom Line
Your kid needs to study at a place they’re happy. The environment, curriculum, and teachers should influence them positively and enable them to develop academically and socially. With the right mix of these factors, you can be confident you’ll enroll your little one in the best institution.
During the last two decades it has been proven that environmental and climate changes are related to substantial physical and mental hazards of humans. There is an increase in infectious diseases, in cardiovascular diseases, in allergies as well as a rising incidence in tumor diseases. For an appropriate management of climate-, environment and health-associated difficulties in near future, an emphasis must be given in the understanding of the correlation between environment, climate change and health from a scientific and educational point of view.
Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, influences human health and disease in numerous ways. Some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge. Not everyone is equally at risk. Important considerations include age, economic resources, and location.
Public health can be affected by disruptions of physical, biological, and ecological systems, including disturbances originating here and elsewhere. The health effects of these disruptions include increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease, injuries and premature deaths related to extreme weather events, changes in the prevalence and geographical distribution of food- and water-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases, and threats to mental health.
Increased heat, drought and insect outbreaks, are some main sources which all linked to climate change, and increased wildfires, declined water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are additional concerns.
If you are interested to know more and especially study this topic, then we invite you to join the Webinar from Bayreuth University on their Master´s Degree in Environment, Climate Change and Health. You can sign up to view it here:
The new international master’s program: Environment, Climate Change and Health is a 2-year English-taught program. It provides a broad knowledge of causal relations between changing environment (e.g. biodiversity loss), climate (continuously rising temperatures) and health based on an integrative, interdisciplinary perspective including natural science, economics, jurisprudence and social science.
Solution-orientated management will be trained and international networking will be promoted.
Emphasis will be given on:
diseases related to environmental and climate change
strategies to handle and prevent these medical conditions
mitigation and adaptation policies
interdependent responsibilities of policy, industry and general public as well as on
possibilities and strategies for a climate- and environment-friendly and healthy lifestyle.
The intended audience for this online webinar are students with a bachelor degree in in economics, social, natural or health science, health economics, nursing, philosophy & economics, medicine or public health and an English proficiency level of B2 at least.
If you’re interested to expand your cultural experiences and your educational background, you might want to consider moving to Switzerland. There are around 12 universities in Switzerland and a few other applied sciences research Universities, who are supported by the government and whose local fees are fairly low.
One of them is Franklin University, the only interdisciplinary liberal arts university in Switzerland that combines the best of both U.S. and Swiss education. Two of the programs they offer are:
You can join the Online open day for free, an informative session granted by the University for all the students around the world, an open invitation to get as much information as possible about the programmes. Simply click Here
Switzerland has 4 national languages – Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansch – English language is common on Master´s level programs, the number of courses available at an undergraduate level in English in slowly growing, however, mostly at University of applied sciences. Swiss is an amazing country, as a fan and connoisseur, having travel myself quite a few times to the chocolate capital I can say, its diversity and beautiful landscapes, trapped me. I fell in love with energy of its people and their tidiness on almost everything they do.
The cost of living in Switzerland is high, Zurich was named one of the most expensive cities in the world. However, some institutions will grant scholarships for foreign students – make sure to check the local Swiss Embassy website for more detailed information. Many Universities in Switzerland has been categorized as the best in the world, proving that education wise they are really prepared to give their students the full experience.
Switzerland provides a variety of study options, many of them highly focused on research, make sure to read all the information necessary prior to applying as the tuition fees often change and the variety of programmes is wide. You should be aware that if you are a non – EU student you must apply for a Switzerland visa.
Last note: be aware that in order to being able to apply, many students have to go through a screening process where a few qualifications might be required, depending on the programme and the School. There are plenty of choices you can pick to study, but you should be aware of the qualifications that are and aren’t recognized in Switzerland. If a credential or qualification is not recognised, you will have to pass the full Swiss maturity exam. If your program is in English you might need to bring your IELTS or TOEFL scores.
Make Switzerland your next destination, not only they have the best quality of life but Europe’s most prestigious higher education systems.
Have you ever wondered why? Today I’m going to give you 7 valid reasons why you should choose Italy where to keep up with your studies.
Let’s start with a short introduction about Italy, in case you are not well informed about this country.
Italy, southern European country with a population of around 60 million, is worldwide considered as one of the most culturally and economically advanced countries. With an ancient story behind, it’s a first-choice destination for tourists and students coming from all around the world.
Ok, let’s zoom now into the reasons why you should choose Italy where to study.
As you probably know already, Italy hosted ancient populations such as Greek and Romans, making the European and world history over the years. That means you can walk through Italian streets, and still admire amazing architectures, fountains, monument and ruins where you feel literally part of a parallel historical period. Moreover, Italy hosted periods like Renaissance, fascism and world word II. For this reason, you’ll have the chance to enhance your cultural know-how by visiting old spots, talking with experts as well as tasting in real life what you have studied or read on books.
One day I decided to ask around worldwide students based now in Italy what was their feeling about studying and living in Italy.
I discovered most of them are not only extremely fascinated by Italian background but also deeply willing to keep studying in Italian Universities.
Check out now our Online Open Days – Discover Italian universities and Business Schools.
∣ Weather & Geography
Because of the strategical position in the south of Europe, Italy has one of the best climates in the world. Generally, the weather is quite mild. However, spacing from the North to the South, you can literally find different climates. For instance, if you’re living in the North, close to the Alps, you’ll find the typical cold weather of the mountains. In the centre, you’ll have a super mild one (except for summer: it’s quite warm!). Reaching the South, you’ll find the sun basically 365 days with hot (but windy) summer and chill autumn/winter. As you have probably got reading above, Italy hosts any kind of surroundings: mountains, lakes, sea, hills, rivers and so on…
In simple words: you’re spoiled for choice!
∣ Pizza, Pasta and… Vino
Ok, when it’s time to deal with food and wine, Italy scores the highest point. If you decide to go to study in Italy, your lifestyle in terms of food will change. In fact, you can find and eat amazing recipes, starting from the authentic Neapolitan pizza to a tasty pasta Carbonara and Sicilian Arancini. All this followed by high quality white and red wines.
Don’t forget the quality of Italian ingredients! Above all, you’ll find good quality ones even in supermarkets and small food stores. That means have a healthy lifestyle, even important while studying (and taking exams!).
Many people recognize Italian as one of the best languages to learn and speak. I tell you in advance: the Italiano is quite hard to learn because of its complexity, but as you are in the mood you’ll sooner or later get it. You just need to meet up Italian people and you’ll surely have the chance to speak and learn step by step.
Italy, as most of the Mediterranean countries, is well known for its sense of hospitality to foreign people who decide to live there. Above all, if you’re a student just arrived in Italy, you’ll find positive vibes and people will be welcoming with you. In a few words: you won’t feel alone or excluded while living your experience in Italy. Moreover, if you choose to study in a universitarian city such as Pavia, Bologna or Pisa, you will live a great experience in terms of hanging out with new people and embrace the Italian culture.
∣ High-Quality Universities
Italy is also well-known for its universities spread in all the peninsula. Spacing from the north to the south, you can find good universities in terms of:
Level of education
In this blog we can highlight especially Universities around Milan, which is known for all of the above in high quality. E.g. Politecnico di Milano for more Engineering programs, Universita Cattolica for e.g. Agrifood Engineering, NABA for Design or closeby University di Pavia for their wide variety of courses from Finance to Medical BioTech and NeuroBiology. They all offer different types of courses from in three formats:
The last one we would like to highlight as a nice alternative to Milan´s Universities. Vibrant Pavia is a student-town just 35km outside of Milan offering lower rents and cost of living whilst getting great education. The University of Pavia, founded in 1361, is a secular higher education institution and one of the most prestigious universities in Italy. University of Pavia is part of the select group of ‘Medieval Universities’, consisting of the oldest universities in the world that were also founded in the Middle Ages. Thus, the reputation of the University of Pavia precedes it, graduating over the centuries alumni capable of leading their very own industries.
If you’re interested in art and fashion, Italy is definitively the right place for you. In fact, Italy hosts amazing museums and galleries where to appreciate the best paintings and works. Just to mention some of them; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and so on. Same scenario for Italian authors like Dante Alighieri, Italo Calvino and Gabriele D’Annunzio. Finally, even the fashion environment (Milano for instance) in Italy is quite famous. Concluding, besides studying you’ll have the chance to discover one of the most valued and famous cultures in the world.
Study in Italy is an experience you should not miss!
Check out our Portal, join our Online Open Days and get ready to shape your future!
Did you know that Milan is one of the largest economic and cultural centres in Italy and Europe? And did you know thatPolitecnico di Milanois a historic university ranked 1st in Italy, in the top 30 worldwide and top 10 in Europe for technical institutions?
With more than 30 master’s courses taught completely in English in engineering, product and interior design, architecture and more, Politecnico di Milano offers students the chance to work with notable international faculty, live in the stunning city of Milan and its surround, and study at an historic university. It offers merit-based scholarships (full tuition waivers plus additional funding) to exceptionally talented students.
Who should attend: Students who want to study Engineering.
What: Sign up for more information Webinar about the Master’s programmes and PhD courses at Politecnico di Milano, to learn more about the city of Milan and the requirements, opportunities and tips about the application to this university.
Speaker: Francesca Deste, International Office recruitment manager.
During this webinar you will learn:
Education offer of Politecnico di Milano´s Art, Architecture and Engineering studies
How to apply for an MSc programme at Politecnico di Milano
Services to the international students
Fees and Scholarships: Politecnico di Milano offers 3 types of merit scholarships to 1 out of 6 students that apply. It also offers competitive tuition fees (based on family income) which range from €800 – €3300 euros a year.
Germany is known as the country of beer, sausages, and Oktoberfest! It’s an interesting country no doubt. With so much going on there it surely calls for an interesting facts post. Germany is also recognized as one of the favorite study abroad destinations in Europe.
Who wouldn’t like to study in Berlin , for e.g. your MBA, or in Munich or little-known pearl Bayreuth? Tempting! huh?
This is a list about some interesting German Fun Facts. Some of these German Fun Facts might sound weird or may surprise you, but we swear it is the truth and nothing but the truth. So here’s 10 fun facts about Germany!
1. Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, after the Irish (of course).
4. The balcony of the hotel Michael Jackson dangled his son over is in Berlin.
5. The first printed book was in German
6. Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes-Benz!
7. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
8. The longest word published in the German language. is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters).
9. The first Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig of Bavaria.
10. The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
+1 Bonus fun-fact: if you want to experience all (well most..) of the above then you consider to study in Bayreuth! For example at Bayreuth University, which offers great new programs such as Graduate with a Master´s Degree in “Battery Materials and Technology”
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