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.

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 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!” 

Tryphena Konadu

Country: Germany
Programme: Bachelor of International Business
Languages: German, English, Twi, French, and currently studying Spanish 
Contact: email | Instagram | LinkedIn

"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 Marinikov

Country: Bulgaria
Programme: Bachelor of Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET)
Languages: English and Bulgarian 
Contact: email | Instagram |  Facebook |LinkedIn

“ 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.”

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 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!”

Zdravko Vladov

Country: Bulgaria
Programme: Bachelor of Finance & Control (International) – FCI
Languages: English and Bulgarian 
Contact: email | Instagram

"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

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

“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.” 

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 fourth-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 dual 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 2 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 fourth-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!”