Student International Development Management, majoring in Sustainable Value Chains
I chose to study abroad as this course is not available in the UK. I have lived in mainland Europe for 2 years prior to studying and I really love the lifestyle. VHL offers many opportunities which are not commonly available in the UK. I would totally recommend studying here, I absolutely love it.
When I arrived at VHL I really enjoyed the intro week and it was a really good chance to get to meet people and a refreshing, fun change to UK freshers week. I attended a really useful lecture during this week which provided lots of useful information, including how to set up a bank account here. Would totally recommend this to future students. The first few weeks were a positive transition back into academic work and the pace was perfect, keeping me on my toes without getting overwhelmed with work! I was really surprised by the style of lecturing, I love it as the lecturers know your name and are more than happy to help you out and share insights with you whenever they can. This was extremely beneficial for my internship (which I have just completed in Bolivia) as network connections are really handy!
Overall, the learning environment is very positive and it is an environment I love and thrive off as there is often the possibility to specialise on a topic of particular interest. For example, I am really interested in sustainable fashion production and this is the industry I would like to pursue a career in and so my internship was working for an ethical manufacturer of knit and crochet work (I worked on Fairtrade certification of the company) and I am going to be able to do my next project on sustainable fashion. This really inspires me to work to my best. The teaching style is varied, a nice mix of lectures, workshops, discussions etc.. I have not experienced any issues with non-native English of my lecturers, they all have a high level of language skills. Also, most students at the university can speak some English and so I never have communication problems in (and outside) of school. I prefer to study alone in order to focus better but the university has plenty of spaces (silent, quiet and a little louder) to work and you can always find a computer to work on so that is something you never need to stress about.
I would 100% recommend studying abroad, I feel that my university experience has been far richer than what it would have been at a UK university. There are so many different things to do here; its only 6 hours on the bus to Paris, beautiful cycling around every corner and lots of opportunities within university (going to Tony’s Chocolonely event last month was a highlight).
Since visiting the open day, I just knew that VHL was for me and from then I felt very satisfied with my decision to study at VHL. I would encourage students to visit the open day if they have the opportunity as it really confirmed VHL is the place for me.