Hi, I’m Ankit Anand, aged 26. I am from Bihar in India, raised in the city of Chhapra and later in Mumbai. I studied for a Bachelor’s in Advanced Technology at UT, and just finished my Bachelor’s two weeks ago. I started in September 2014, so I have been here for two and a half years.
Advanced Technology is a broad technical Bachelor’s programme. In the first two years, students take mandatory courses from various engineering disciplines such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, applied physics and material science. There is also a part of the programme dedicated to business and entrepreneurship. During the third year, students can take courses of their own choice to orient themselves towards a Master’s programme. In principle, students can focus on any technical discipline, including mechanical engineering, robotics and mechatronics, applied physics, applied mathematics, electrical engineering, and nanotechnology. I wanted to do a Master’s in Physics or Applied Physics, so I chose track courses in Applied Physics.
Frankly, I was not aware of UT before I started looking for an English-taught Bachelor’s in Physics in Europe (excluding the UK because of the high fees), which was difficult to find. Then I found the Advanced Technology programme at UT, which was in English and it was possible to make this programme equivalent to a Bachelor’s in Physics. After that I looked at the programme and the University in detail. I liked the flexibility involved, so I decided to come here. I sent my application in a few days before the deadline and was directly accepted. I appreciate the proactive responses of the admissions office and international office. They provided all the information on time to smoothly facilitate the admissions process.
The year I arrived, finding a house off campus was not so difficult and the international office could also help in finding on-campus accommodation for a year. I was able to find accommodation off campus through Facebook from home. I arranged a meeting on Skype with the housemates and it worked out. But some housemates prefer to meet in person before taking you in. Several student houses on and off campus prefer Dutch-speaking students, but there are also other houses with international people where you can fit in.
Campus is good, with almost everything you need. There are several sports associations and art and culture associations. To have the most fun as a student, joining such association, depending on your hobby, is recommended. I am a member of a theatre association and we took the initiative to start theatre in English for international students. If you want to party, you will find an option here every day. On campus, we have a bar called the Vestingbar, which has nice parties throughout the week, while there are several options in the city centre as well.
I would highly recommend UT to my friends, although, when it comes to education, I personally feel that a student should choose a university depending on their ambitions. So, especially for a Master’s, you should work out your topic of interest and look at the research groups at UT that might interest you, and if you find one that fits, well then it is the perfect place for you. I wouldn’t expect a Bachelor’s student to have such a focus, but in that case, you should look at the detailed overview of the courses taught and topics covered in the Bachelor’s programmes and if one fits, well you should apply.
I finished my Bachelor’s earlier than regular students. Therefore, I am currently looking for an independent research project at UT. I want to gain independent research experience in the field of my interest, Quantum Optics, before I start my Master’s here in September 2017.