Education abroad experience builds connections with new faces

March 26, 2019

I lived in a student apartment building with 90 students and everyone was from a different part of the world — Canada, Peru, Russia, Ireland, Spain, France. It was a very diverse group. If you kept your door open, you might hear music playing upstairs and everyone would get together at the end of the day. I could walk out my door and into my friend's apartment right next door, no problem. It was an open door policy and we were all friends.

Studying at Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN) University in the Netherlands was my first time in Europe. I’d been to Peru and a few resorts before that, but this was my first time travelling on my own. My roommate at HAN had been there for a year before me, so he knew everything and showed me around. We became pretty good friends.

School was a lot different than it is here. There was more emphasis on group work and presentations than on exams. I studied marketing and organizational behaviour, and took an event management course, which ended in the class having to plan our own farewell party.

Every day someone would be going out for a bike ride or doing something. I didn’t want to be stuck in my room, because I only had five months there, so I spent as much time as I could out in the city. I’d say my biggest piece of advice is to keep an open mind — if you don’t go out and talk to people, you’re missing out.

— Jacob, 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce student (accounting major)

Learn about opportunities for studying abroad at the Education Abroad Information Session on March 26 or visit

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