Leaving India for the Netherlands

Anusha Mehendale is 23 years old and her adventure in the Netherlands began in 2017, when she started the master Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente. Before coming to the Netherlands, she followed a bachelor programme in Chemical Engineering at the Manipal Institute of Technology in India. She recently started a job as a product engineer.

Posted by Anusha Mehendale at Oct 24, 2019 11:50 AM

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Why did you decide to study in the Netherlands?
I chose an international experience for the quality of education in the Netherlands, but also because of the limited linguistic barriers. I like how you can live here without knowing the language, although it’s good to learn Dutch. That’s why I’m following A2 courses in the Dutch language. Other reasons why I came to the Netherlands were the good and affordable tuition fees, the job and research opportunities and the open-mindedness of Dutch people.

What are the main differences between the Dutch and Indian culture?
The main difference between the Indian and Dutch culture is the straightforwardness of the Dutch people and their overall work and study discipline. Another difference is that Dutch people differ in their manner of working. The Dutch have a better work-life balance.

The education in the Netherlands is very practical. There are very direct study and research intentions within the universities as well as good communication between companies and universities. This really helps with future internships and job opportunities.

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What does your typical day in the Netherlands look like?
I eat breakfast and arrive at my office at 08:00 hrs. I read up about the project I’m working on, do some experiments in the lab and attend meetings related to the project. At 05:00 hrs I return home and study Dutch or head for the gym. During the weekend I catch up with friends. We have dinner or go to the movies.  

How did you prepare for your stay in the Netherlands?
I did not receive a scholarship but came on a personal student loan. I had to pay in advance for accommodation, visa and tuition fees. Accommodation and visa were arranged by the University of Twente. After 6 months I moved out to a house with lower rent, but it was really helpful that the university initially provided accommodation.

What has your international experience brought you so far?
I learned much more about people, culture, studies and managing adult life. I mostly discovered more things about myself, staying in a different country away from my family. I learned a lot of simple lessons, but nevertheless very important ones, over a period of 2 years.

What kind of trips do you make?
In the 2 years that I’m living in the Netherlands, I visited 12 European countries. Within the Netherlands, I visited Maastricht, Leiden, Groningen, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Amsterdam and a few more cities in the southern part of the country!

What tips would you give other Indian students that want to study in the Netherlands?
For all the Indian students who also want to study in the Netherlands, I encourage you to be open-minded, very prepared and to come like an open book! There is so much to learn when you keep your prejudices and assumptions aside. It is not going to be easy, but it will be a wonderful experience and definitely worth it!


Posted by Anusha Mehendale at Oct 24, 2019 11:50 AM