Student ambassadors

The Avans student ambassadors are international students who are happy to share their experiences of the study programmes and living and studying in the Netherlands with you. They are also ready to answer any questions you might have. Read on to find out more and get in touch with them.

Sandra Garstka

Country: Poland
Programme: Bachelor of Finance & Control International (FCI)
Languages: English, Polish and Dutch
Contact: emailLinkedInFacebook

“Hi there! My name is Sandra and I’m here to help you out with discovering Dutch student life.”

“I’m a first-year FCI student. Even though my adventure at Avans has just started, I already know that I would never exchange this experience for anything else.”

“About 3 years ago, my family and I moved to the Netherlands. In a year I have mastered the Dutch language, which allowed me to obtain my high-school diploma here. This relatively short, but really intense experience, showed me that the Netherlands is definitely a place worth exploring further.”

“Are you an ambitious individual looking for international experience? Do you want to challenge yourself? Then Avans is definitely the place for you! Choosing your university is an important decision, that is simply why quality should play the most important role in this process. Avans University of Applied Sciences has been ranked the #1 of the Netherlands 6 times in a row. This is a place where quality meets clarity and personal approach.”

“As an FCI student, you will be given a unique chance to go abroad on a work placement and an exchange. On top of that, you can even apply for a Double Degree at one of the partner universities located all around the world.”

“Do you see yourself growing in a diverse environment? Do you want to know more about the opportunities Avans offers? Do not hesitate to reach out, I’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions. Have a great day and who knows, maybe I will see you at Avans one day!”

Samuele Covolo

Country: Italy
Programme: Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Management
Languages: English and Italian
Contact: email

“Italy will always be in my heart. Yet I decided to move to the Netherlands in search for another place to call home.”

“Because I couldn't find a university that I liked, I considered looking for a job. When I learnt about Avans however I reconsidered my options and now I'm studying here to become an engineer. Looking back now I can definitely say I made the right decision.”

“Living by yourself can be challenging, especially if you’re doing it in a different country. You may face difficulties, but thanks to the great environment and very well-prepared teachers you can manage to do everything for your studies and still have time to do other activities.”

“I wanted to become a student ambassador because I want to help people like they have helped me in the past. Are you also ambitious and looking for a challenging school that offers great possibilities for the future? Then you’ve found the right place!”

“If you want to learn more about my experiences, feel free to contact me!”

Ana-Maria Konova

Country: Bulgaria
Programme: Bachelor of International Business
Languages: Bulgarian, Russian, English, currently studying Chinese 
Contact: email | Facebook

 “As an International Business student, I can proudly say that I’m more than pleased with the choice that I’ve made. If given the opportunity, I would choose this study programme again.”

“The international community at Avans University of Applied Sciences is superb in making you feel at home and you’re always more than welcome to address the issues or uncertainties that you may have.”

“One of the main factors that made me choose Avans was the amazing school system in the Netherlands. Also, it has always been a dream of mine to live in an open environment with all sorts of cultures and see how they mix in terms of traditions and values.”

“Studying abroad is definitely an adventure that will make you come out of your comfort zone but once you do, you’ll find out it’s more than worth it.”

“If you do have any questions about the programme and university, do not hesitate to contact me and ask, I would be more than glad to be of help.”

Luiza Cumpanasu

Country: Romania
Programme: Bachelor of International Business
Languages: Romanian, English, German and currently studying Spanish
Contact: email | Facebook | LinkedIn

“After taking part in multiple international projects in high school, I came to the realisation that a future career in an international environment would definitely suit me best. Now, after more than 4 months spent living in the Netherlands, I can only say that choosing this particular programme is the single best decision I have ever made in my life.”

“Nevertheless, as a person who always struggles when it comes to decisions (be it a life-changing one or what series to watch next on Netflix), I can admit that I had quite a hard time before finally choosing Avans for my bachelor studies. The perfect combination between theoretical and practical knowledge, the project-based learning methods and the possibility of spending at least 3 semesters abroad managed to convince me to move to Breda and start a whole new chapter in my life.”

“Breda is a lovely city in the southern part of the Netherlands which has definitely more to offer than I could have ever expected. Beautiful architecture, a truly international environment (which makes life way easier for someone like me, who didn’t know a single Dutch word before moving  to the Netherlands – even though I am currently working on this!) and a lot of entertainment possibilities for the times when a study break is more than needed.”

“Avans provides its students with a truly international studying environment, modern learning facilities and lecturers with broad experience in the business field. Lecturers are always available to support their students and help them become the best versions of themselves, in order to become successful and valuable players in the business world.”

“I know how hard choosing a study programme can be and how overwhelming the whole process may seem at times, especially for an international student! Therefore, if you have any questions or need anything, don’t hesitate to contact me at any given time, before or after coming here, as I’m more than willing to support you as much as I can!”

Handerson Botman

Country: Curaçao
Programme: Bachelor of Finance & Control International (FCI)
Contact: email | Facebook | LinkedIn

"I am a third-year quadrilingual student of Finance & Control International (FCI). I chose this programme due to my passion for numbers and other financial aspects. Moreover, Avans provides its students with an outstanding study environment where you can develop yourself as a young professional businessman or businesswoman.”

“Studying at Avans is a great opportunity for you as a foreign student. Here, you will be able to learn a lot and get help from all the lecturers and classmates. Furthermore, Avans is a great school if you want to meet new international students, build your network and acquire new knowledge.”

“Starting from nothing is hard as a foreign student. That’s why I would like to help with my personal experience and knowledge. If you have any questions regarding the study programme, housing or the city, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!"

Eda Louise Kelly Küçük

Country: Ireland/Turkey
Programme: Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Management
Languages: Turkish and English
Contact: email

“I’m a second-year student studying Industrial Engineering and Management.”

“After living with my family in Turkey for 18 years, I decided to study abroad and the Netherlands was the best choice.” 

“Industrial Engineering and Management is the best programme for me because it brings together the hard and soft skills. Also, you’re not stuck in one workplace, which is the best part of it.” 

“I joined the student ambassador team because I know it’s always easier to contact students and I’m willing to help you with any questions about Avans or my programme.” 

Steve Horvers

Country: Greece; United States
Programme: Bachelor of Environmental
Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET)
Languages: Greek and English
Contact: email  

"Hey everyone! My name is Steve, I'm currently in my third year following the ESSET programme and it has been such an eye-opening experience so far."

"I came to the Netherlands looking for a challenging programme that would push me both academically, and personally; I can say I found what I was looking for with ESSET. Not only is it very useful and interesting, but it has also altered the way I view the world around me for the better. Working with students from all around the world has also been an amazing way to experience new cultures and work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds."

"If you are an ambitious and driven person, the atmosphere here in the Netherlands will propel you to new heights as the education system here is built for success. This is especially true for Avans, the teacher-student relationship is incredible and only helps to further build your professional competencies and prepare you for the real world. This truly is a place full of opportunity."

"If anyone has any questions regarding the programme or general student life in Breda feel free to send me an email. I'm excited to help!"

Karime Mojica Handal

Country: Mexico 
Programme: Bachelor of Environmental
Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET)
Languages: Spanish, English, Swedish, French, Italian, and a bit of Dutch
Contact: email

“Hey! I am in my third year of ESSET and so far I am loving my studies. After finishing high school in Mexico I went to Sweden on an exchange year and my perspective in life changed completely. Living in a different country than your own gives you the chance to not only explore and get to know new places and cultures but also to get to know yourself better. You become much more mature, grateful and proud of who you are and your nationality because, in the end, that's what makes us all stand out. Following any of the international programmes at Avans gives you that same opportunity.” 

“I come from one of the most polluted countries in the world and even though I was aware of global warming and pollution in general, I was never taught how to tackle this nor how we got to the point we are now. Studying ESSET in the Netherlands has taught me that the environmental sciences are not only an area of study but also a way of living and thinking."

"My studies have made me pursue a healthier, more sustainable and more conscious life and I intend to share my lifestyle habits and my knowledge of sustainability and the environment with anyone who's interested and willing to learn. I more than recommend my studies so if you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to answer them.”

Naima Bock

Country: Germany
Programme: Bachelor in International Business (IB-Breda)
Languages: German, English, Spanish and Chinese
Contact: email

“After spending a gap year abroad, I definitely knew that I not only wanted to follow a study programme taught in English but also live in an international environment. A recommendation of a friend led me to the idea of going to the Netherlands – and I am more than happy with my decision.”

“I’m a third-year IB student specialising in Cross-cultural Management and Languages. Studying here at Avans gives you the opportunity to build a network with future managers from various countries and cultures. Moreover, the aim of combining theory with practice is what makes studying here so unique. You will have the chance to go on a work placement, an exchange semester and you might even apply for a Double Degree at one of the partner universities.”

“I remember having had plenty of questions before arriving here in Breda. This is why I’m happy to help you with any issues you might encounter. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with me and I’m looking forward to meeting you.”

Nicolas Rodler

Country: Germany
Programme: Bachelor of International Business
Languages: German and English
Contact: email

“After spending two years abroad, I was certain that I wanted to stay in an international environment. The Netherlands was my first choice because of its central location in Europe, and its high amount of English-taught studies.”

“Amid the jungle of business schools and universities Avans caught my attention, due to its project-based learning and its high percentage of international students. In the end, the facilities, partner universities and the fact that 5 out of the 8 semesters on the International Business programme can be spent all around the world convinced me to come to Breda.” 

“Breda itself is home to two universities that are internationally oriented, giving the student life here a unique diverse character with people from all around the world.”

“Moving to another country can be challenging and might bring some surprises. If you have any questions about Avans, Breda, a study programme or need help before or after coming to Breda, just send me a message and I am more than happy to help you!”

Carlin Schuster

Country: Germany
Programme: Bachelor of International Business (IB-Breda)
Languages: German, English and Spanish
Contact: email | Facebook

“I’m a third-year student at the Bachelor of International Business majoring in Cross-Cultural Management and Languages. I’ve always been interested in learning different languages, getting to know other cultures and their customs. Avans combines these areas, lets you expand your knowledge and, furthermore, provides the experience to live in an international environment.”

“When I was looking for a university, I had many questions regarding the different programmes, the university and of course about Breda itself. If you are not sure yet and feel you need some guidance, contact me and I’d be more than happy to help you!”

Alberto Mori Greco

Country: Italy
Programme: Bachelor of International Business
(IB-Breda)
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Contact: email | LinkedIn

“Studying in Holland has been a great choice. Applied sciences and the Avans IB bachelor’s programme offer practical and theoretical knowledge, making students ready to work in today’s competitive job market.”

“In addition to preparing for your future, you will be able to make yourself familiar with other cultures and countries by carrying out your second-year work placement abroad and doing an exchange semester in your third year. This will get you out of your comfort zone for good.”

“I joined Avans in 2017, after high school, which I completed partly in Italy and partly in the United States. As part of the excellence programme I kept my grades at their highest for the first 1.5 years. I took Spanish as a foreign language at basic level and during the first summer break, I volunteered in Latin America and further improved my Spanish.”

“In January 2019 I did a work placement as operations assistant with a creative agency in London specialising in DOOH advertisement – a great challenge!”

“By the end of second year I took on another challenge, which you will also be able to do when studying at Avans: joining a Double-Degree Programme. Instead of completing the last 2 years in Holland with just 1 semester of studying abroad, you are able to study at another partner university for 2 entire years. You will graduate from both institutions and be entitled to 2 degrees. My destination was Mexico, studying at UDLAP University in Cholula, Puebla.”

“I’m definitely an extrovert and as an Avans Student Ambassador I’ll be able to share my personal experiences regarding Avans and living in Holland plus my experience as a Double Degree Student. Do not hesitate to contact me.”

Agne Jankauskaite

Country: Lithuania
Programme: Bachelor of International Business (IB-Breda)
Languages: Lithuanian, English and German
Contact: email | Facebook

“I’m a third-year student of International Business. It has always been my dream to live in an international environment and it came true as soon as I started studying at Avans.”

“I chose this study programme because of its remarkable quality and versatility and now I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Here at Avans, you are offered prime study conditions, a great balance between theory and practice and exceptional personal development opportunities. All you need to do is use them.”

“I’m currently pursuing my Double Degree in International Management at ESB Business School in Reutlingen, Germany. Doing a Double Degree is another great opportunity that you are offered at Avans.”

“Of course, before starting my studies, I had many doubts and questions, but student ambassadors helped and encouraged me to begin a new chapter of my life here in Breda. So, if you’re in a similar place now as I once was, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be glad to help you out!”

Max Dalton

Country: Australia
Programme: Bachelor of International Business (IB-Breda)
Language: English
Contact: email

 

“I was initially attracted to study International Business at Avans in Breda because of strong recommendations from current students at the university and the structure of the study programme itself. This programme combines learning content with elements of practicality and provides many opportunities to learn how to work within a business, and I believe these aspects provide me with a lot of opportunities in the future.”

“My first year has been excellent and challenging and I look forward to continuing my studies here. The international atmosphere at Avans allows international students to easily integrate into this programme and truly feel welcomed.”

“While studying, I also play field hockey in the Heren 1 team at B.N.M.H.C. Zwart-Wit, which takes up a lot of my time. In order for me to combine studying and sport, organisation and pro-active learning have been essential for me, as I have to make the most of my limited amount of time.”

“My motivation for becoming a student ambassador stems purely from my own experiences and challenges navigating through the Dutch education system as an international student. I’m passionate about this study programme, as the combination of learning knowledge with practicality aspects greatly prepares students for future careers in business. I also know what it is like to balance large sporting commitments and attempting to achieve high academic success.”