Vladyslav Khromenko

International Business Administration (IBA), Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam."I have never been to the Netherlands before I came there to study, and so I did not have any personal encounters with the Dutch culture and people."

Posted by Marina Zernaeva at 2014-12-19 10:55

Why did you choose to study in the Netherlands? 

The decision to study in the Netherlands came from a synthesis of factors related to my personal preferences for academic as well as professional development. First of all, Dutch institutions of higher education offer a great variety of Business Administration programs in English, many of which are among the highest rated in Europe. Besides, I was really enthusiastic to study in a truly international environment. On a more practical side, the recognition of my secondary school diploma as sufficient for the university admission, unlike in the UK or Germany, was of paramount importance.

What was the most difficult part of the application process for you?

One of the primary pre-requisites for pursuing an academic degree in the Netherlands, as an international student, is the fluency in English. At first, it was rather challenging for me to prepare for IELTS - an internationally recognized assessment of English language proficiency, since I did not have much practical experience of actually communicating in English. Therefore, I had to spend substantial amount of time (around three months) to prepare myself for the exam. Eventually, I was able to pass it at the sufficient level to apply for the selected program.

What were your first impressions of the Netherlands and the university?

I have never been to the Netherlands before I came there to study, and so I did not have any personal encounters with the Dutch culture and people. One of my first impressions was that in Rotterdam, absolutely everyone is able to communicate in English. Moreover, people seemed to be very open to foreigners and were willing to help, when I had minor difficulties, for example, in a bank or in a supermarket. As for the university, I was impressed by the level of autonomy that students have, due to the lack of formal requirement to attend majority of classes.

How would you describe the study process at your university? 

Your ultimate success in the program is dependent upon the self-discipline you have as a student. Since there is no formal supervision from the course management on your everyday study progress, you have to structure your curriculum in such a manner that you have time to study regularly, preferably on an everyday basis. It is especially crucial in the beginning, when you are getting used to a new education system, new language and overall completely new environment.

How did you get used to the life in the Netherlands? 

The most important aspect is to purchase a bicycle. Second most important aspect is not to purchase an expensive one, as long as you do not have a secure place to store it over the night.

Can you remember any particularly funny moment from your stay in the Netherlands which you would like to share? 

What comes first to my mind is the trip that we made with my friends from Rotterdam to Amsterdam and back by bicycles.The round trip is approximately 130 kilometers and takes around 4-5 hours one way. Generally speaking, it is the best way to travel in the Netherlands and to enjoy sightseeing. 

What advice do you have for prospective students planning to study in the Netherlands? 

My advice would be to start mastering the foreign language skills early on, as well as continuously broadening your knowledge in the area in which you are planning to pursue an academic degree.


Posted by Marina Zernaeva at 2014-12-19 10:55