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.
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Management
English and Italian
“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!”
''As a current third-year student in the International Business programme, I can confirm that this programme has made me grow as an individual and in knowledge. It has taught me to be resilient even in the toughest situations and most importantly, it has enabled me to travel throughout different parts of the world and meet people that have left a lifelong impression on me and changed me for the better.''
''One of the best parts of this programme is the community within it, both international and Dutch. They are superb at making you feel at home and to be open about any uncertainties that you face.''
''Ever since I was young, it was a dream of mine to experience life abroad and live amongst people with different perspectives and mentalities than my own. The Dutch are one of the most open-minded and honest people you will ever meet, which can be an exceptional thing if you want to get out of your comfort zone. Paired with the livid environment of North Brabant's Breda, it will certainly be an unforgettable experience.’’
“If you do have any questions about the programme, university or life as an international, do not hesitate to contact me and ask, I would be more than glad to be of help!”
"As a Ghanaian born and raised in Germany and having grown up with American media, I have been exposed to different cultures on a daily basis. Thich has greatly influenced my desire to travel and explore cultures. Ever since I was young, I dreamed of studying abroad and working somewhere where I'd have the opportunity to travel around the world. So I am working to fulfill this little girl's dream.”
“I am very glad that I decided to move to the Netherlands and study International Business at Avans, because this degree programme gives me the opportunity to combine my two passions – internationalism and business. I think my younger, insecure self is now proud of the woman I am becoming.“
“Before and after my arrival in Breda I realised that studying in another country where you barely know the language can be difficult. However it did not take me long to understand that with the right people by your side, you will have an unforgettable experience. Therefore, you can contact me with all your questions, thoughts and doubts and I will be happy to help you and give you tips.”
Petko Pavlov MarinikovCountry:
Bachelor of Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology
English and Bulgarian
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“Since high school, I always wanted to pursue my career goals of being involved in the renewable energy industry, with that came the realization that this cannot be achieved in Bulgaria. I moved to Breda, in the Netherlands in 2020 when I enrolled in the ESSET study programme and I feel confident enough to say that I found my place under the sky for now.”
“As every typical 18-year-old graduate I had the same hard time adapting to the environment in Avans and in Breda, however looking back now I am glad I made the right choice with Avans and the Environmental Science programme which turns out to be really exciting and totally worth moving abroad.“
“After my first amazing year of having such a great variety of different joyful experiences despite the COVID-19 situation, I came to the realization that I want to provide more for the community and applied to become a student ambassador. My goal is to help out prospective students who might struggle with their decisions or just need a bit of support in order to start their future education at Avans as motivated and well-determined students. Therefore I am excited about the upcoming events.”
“Moving to Breda as an international might be stressful, but never forget that you don’t have to be on your own while exploring this new environment. The student ambassador team is here for you. So don’t hesitate to reach out for any kind of help or information. I am here to provide help and guidance.”
“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 after living in the Netherlands for quite some time, 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!”
"I am a 19 year old student at Avans, FCI and I come from Bulgaria. I developed my passion for finance in high school, where I studied banking and accounting for over 5 years. I do believe in the importance of studying in an international environment, which is why I applied to study at Avans. Aside from school, I find much joy in exercising, doing sports and – of course – partying."
Eda Louise Kelly Küçük
“I’m a third-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.”
"I have chosen this course after a long and sideways journey, which first saw me graduating from a degree in a completely different field, which I then realised was not for me. After giving myself the necessary time to understand what I wanted from my future I realised that my curiosity and attachment for the environment has been a constant in my life, hence, I am now studying all about it and, honestly, loving it."
"I know how hard it can be to make the right choice when it comes to university, that's why I want to help prospective students by giving them an insight of what it's like to be an ESSET student and life in Breda. So, don't hesitate to contact me!"
Ana Muchow Garcia
"From the day I found out that dolphins were threatened by human activity, sustainability and helping our planet became my passion. A ten-year-old me started going to Greenpeace events and got so frustrated when told that "I was too young to do anything". As time passed, I realized that no action is too small or too insignificant when it comes to saving our Earth."
"I already had this burning desire to do everything I could to achieve a greener future, but I was (and still am) missing a lot of knowledge on how to do that. After graduating from the IB program, studying environmental sciences seemed like the most coherent choice: the question was where. My father is German, and my mother is Mexican, which means I have the warmth of Latinos and the discipline of Germans. Everyone expected me to study in Germany, but I wanted to live somewhere I wasn't familiar with. I started searching for schools that offered the career I wanted across all of Europe. Somehow, I stumbled across Avans. When I read the program description, I felt it was exactly talking about me. I applied, and in August 2021, I was already in Breda."
"The challenges of living alone followed shortly. I got to the city without having a place to live, without knowing a single soul, without understanding what people on the street were saying to me. I know how overwhelming everything might seem, which is why I wanted to become a student ambassador. I'm not going to claim to have all the answers, but I can offer my guidance, tips, or just be a friendly face for when you get here. Avans, ESSET, and Breda are no longer a strange place to me and have started to become a home."
Paula Velasquez Suarez
"Since I was a child, I have been surrounded by nature and grew up with the idea that every object we use has a second use. This led me to develop a love for nature. The more I grew up and understood the world I realised that unfortunately only a few people are aware of all that nature gives us and therefore not many do take care of it."
"I am currently studying Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET). I have chosen this study because I am determined to be part of the change we need. This is my first year and I only have a few months here in the Netherlands and I can already say that although it has been a challenging experience, I would not change it. I have met people that even though we have only known each other for a short time, it feels like we have known each other for years. I have been to wonderful places and have developed new skills such as riding a bike. Yes, I didn't know how to ride a bike until I arrived here in the Netherlands!"
"Life as an international student has had its ups and downs. Firstly, being in a country I had never been to before, adapting to new ways of thinking, and the most difficult one adapting my way of living as this stage requires a lot more independence and responsibility from us. All this has been a challenge that little by little is being overcome. My family always tells me that the best achievements are the ones that cost the most. On the other hand, living in another country has brought me new experiences and I have met many people who are going through the same thing, and we support each other."
"So, if you decide to make this important and difficult decision, you must know that it will be a big change, but you are not going through it alone. You will be surrounded by teachers willing to help you and by peers in the same situation with whom you can go dancing, partying, travel or maybe just sit in the park and talk. If you have any questions or want to know more about my study or my experience, feel free to contact me. Remember that the only wrong question is the one that was never asked."
Malena Capdevila Díaz
"Since I was little, I was taught the impact our actions could have on the environment, so I always recycled and reused things. But it was a few years ago, that climate change started to have an echo, when this field really got my interest. I’ve always been concerned about what happened in my surroundings and eager to find solutions. This made me realize that I wanted to take part in the challenge of building a better future for society. During the pandemic I took an online course about the effects of climate change and that was what inspired me to pursue an Environmental Sciences degree.”
“I am a really social person who loves to travel. I love the international atmosphere as I enjoy learning new languages and traditions. Meeting new people, broadening your horizons and stepping out of your comfort zone are always a challenge but they make you grow and adapt. I have some previous experience as I studied 1 year in Canada and I can tell that studying abroad is a life-changing experience.”
“Teachers and students at Avans welcomed me with open arms. One of the reasons I decided to become an ambassador was to motivate, help and create an inviting atmosphere for new and fellow students. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to know more about student life in Breda."