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.

Cécile Klein

Country: Germany
Programme: Bachelor of International Business (IB-Breda)
Languages: German, French, Spanish and English

 “I’m a first-year student majoring in Cross-cultural Management and Languages. I chose this programme because I believe that making non-profit businesses thrive and serving the community are very important.”

“Studying at Avans with people from all over the world is not only a very interesting part of my current studies. It also creates great opportunities for the future. Besides, building networks, meeting new people and exploring different cultures are what interest me the most.”

“I know there are many questions you can struggle with when it comes to finding the right study programme and the university that’s the perfect fit for you. I’m more than happy to help you and answer as many questions as possible. 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

“I’m a first-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.” 

Nicolas Rodler

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

“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!”

Alberto Mori

Country: Italy
Programme: Bachelor of International Business (IB-Breda)
Languages: English and Italian

“After finishing high school in Italy, including 1 year abroad in the US, I decided I wanted to keep challenging myself. I believe opportunities are scarce for anyone who is keen to stay inside their comfort zone.”

“The Netherlands is one of the best places in Europe for studying abroad. Everyone speaks English and the school system is definitely very good.”

“The IB programme enables students to learn about business-related subjects and languages using a number of theoretical and practical approaches. The programme also includes work placements and other international experiences.”

“I’m definitely an extrovert and as a student ambassador I’ll be able to share my personal experiences regarding Avans and living in the Netherlands at any time. Do not hesitate to contact me.”

Alex Chiodo

Alex Chiodo

Country: Italy
Programme: Bachelor of Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET)
Languages: Italian, English and German

“The ESSET programme gives me the opportunity to study with people from all over the world. The study environment at Avans is really friendly and dynamic. Avans offers many facilities and organises several social activities. Teachers are also very dynamic compared to my country. They are happy to help you out with assignments and to explain things again.”

“The Netherlands is a country you should visit at least once in your lifetime. You’ll be amazed by the crazy festivals and celebrations that are held here. Don’t worry about the cold because you’ll get used to it. And your bicycle will become your best friend.”

“If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I’ll be more than happy to have a chat.”

Ioana Cotos

Country: Romania
Programme: Bachelor of Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET)
Languages: Romanian, English and French

“Passionate, aspirational and ambitious to always be 1 step ahead – these are words that sum me up as a person. I’m currently in my second year and I just returned to Avans from my internship in Amsterdam. I can say that studying at Avans represents the most valuable step I’ve taken in my life so far.”

“Avans was a natural choice for me. As I searched for universities that offered programmes in the environmental sciences, geography and sustainability I found a true source of inspiration in ESSET. For me, my study programme is the reason I wake up every morning excited to broaden my horizon.”

“I know that climbing the stairs of life can be hard and that’s why I’m here to guide you. Let me share the secret key to these stairs to happiness with you. Join me and Avans on this journey!”

Marco Misculin

Country: Italy
Programme: Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM)
Languages: Italian and English

“After finishing high school in Italy, I decided to take a leap and see what opportunities for my future I had. I always loved the idea of taking a broken thing and making it work again, so I decided to take a bachelor’s degree course in engineering with a focus on maintenance.”

“Here at Avans I’ve been able to develop my personal skills and build a relationship with lecturers and peers. Working on projects with companies taught me how to deal with real-life situations and enabled me to get in touch with professionals from various fields. I found Breda the perfect place to live, study and make friends.”

“I joined the student ambassador initiative because I think it’s important for prospective international students to be helped and informed by students who’ve been in their position.”

Ana-Maria Konova

Country: Bulgaria
Programme: Bachelor of International Business with a major in Asian Business
Language: Bulgarian, Russian, English and currently studying Chinese 
Facebook: Ana-Maria Konova

 “As an International Business student majoring in Asian Business, 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.”

Agne Jankauskaite

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

“I’m a first-year student majoring in Cross-Cultural Management and Languages. 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.”

“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!”

Liene Brūna

Country: Australia and Latvia
Programme: Bachelor of Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET)
Language: Latvian and English

“I’m a first-year ESSET student in the 3-year short-track programme here at Avans. You may be wondering why I chose to study in Breda, half way across the world from Australia. Avans was my first and only choice while searching for universities in Europe, due to their specialised programme in environmental sciences."

"My passion for exploring sustainable energy techniques, biofuel sources and environmental policy are supported at Avans, with its small personal classes and skilled teachers.”

“It was a hard decision to move away from home, far away from my family. That’s why, along with other reasons, I decided to become a student ambassador to assist you in taking that final leap into the next chapter of your life, and I welcome any questions you may have!”

Handerson Botman

Country: Curaçao
Programme: Bachelor of Finance & Control International (FCI)
LinkedIn: Handerson Botman

"I am a second-year quadrilingual student of Finance & Control International (FCI). I chose this programme due to my passion for numbers and other financial aspects. Moreover, I like this programme because it lets you acquire plenty of new knowledge and tackle new challenges.”

“Studying at Avans is a great opportunity for you as a foreign student. Here, you will be able to develop as a professional with help of 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 about the study programme, housing or the city, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!"

Naima Bock

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

“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 second-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.”

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

“Hey! I am in my second 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.”

Marin Paic

Country: Croatia
Programme: Bachelor of Finance and Control International (FCI)
Language: English, Croatian

“Hello, my name is Marin. I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Finance & Control International at ASIS. I come from Croatia and am familiar with every step of the application process as a Croatian citizen. Feel free to ask me anything regarding my study programme and about living in Breda.”

“My job is to introduce you to student life at Avans and provide you with inside information in order to improve your experience as a student at Avans.”

Carlin Schuster

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

“I’m a second-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!”

Steve Horvers

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

"Hey everyone! My name is Steve, I'm currently in my second 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!"