7 Months in Eindhoven
Why did you choose to go to Eindhoven, Netherlands?
I choose this city because it has the best research group on my field of study in all Europe. As, with Erasmus experience, I wanted to learn a lot and take as much as possible for me it was the best choice.
How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?
The scholarship was for 5 months. I received around 400euros/month to help with the living costs.
What is the student lifestyle like in Eindhoven?
In the university were I was the student had to work much to be sucessful with the courses. The lifestyle was pretty much the same, besides some beers on every thursday night. =)
Would you recommend the city and the University of Eindhoven to other students?
Yes, i would. I had a great experience there. i ve learned about my studies and alse about living. Always riding a bike to go everywhere
What is the food like?
The food is not that good. It s impossible for a student to go out and have a dinner in the restaurant. The dutch people usually get just one hot dish on the day, the dinner (that they take at 5pm..to early for my normal before going there). At lunch they usually get some sandwichs. One good thing is that they have many more kind of vegetables avilable, for instance in the supermarket.
How did you find your accommodation?
I asked the university there about accommodation, I applyed and they found it for me.
What are the accommodation prices like? What are prices like for other things in general?
The accommodation is not that cheap. I got a small room 6squaremeters for 275... 30min riding a bike from the university...Normally, you can get a room for 400euros nearest the center and bigger then mine.
Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available in the University?
The dutch language is difficult. And it s difficult to learn it because all dutch people speaks great english and qhen qe try to speak dutch the swich to english. There are several language courses available in the university..either with teacher or for selfstudy.
What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Eindhoven from your city?
The easiest way to travel is the train. It s not that cheap but you can get a discount card for some amount of money and get a 40% discount in every ticket. Inside the city you have the bus, but everyone's uses the bicicle to move around.
Where would you recommend to go on a night out in Eindhoven?
In stratumseind. It s a street on the center where there are several bars where you can experience several kinds of music. Besides that there are some student association parties at Bunker and there are effenar where sometimes it s a disco other times there are concerts
And for eating? Can you recommend some good restaurants in Eindhoven?
As I said before the food in the restaurante is quite expensive. I went there once. I can t give a tip on this.
What good cultural sites are there to visit?
There are two museums on the town. The Van Abbe museum, modern art museum, where the colection changes every month. The Man museum, but i didnt went there. Besides that there are the flying pins a art statue, and several park and green fields around which are beautiful.
Is there any other advice that you could give to future students who are going to Eindhoven?
Enjoy it. Go to the borrel, every thursday there are cheap beers on the student association bars in the TUE (university)... There you can met many many nice people.
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