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Carl at TU Delft, The Netherlands

Pre-departure:

The preparation for the exchange program was a lot of effort, but once I returned it all seemed like minor detail.  It is worth it!  My stay at TU Delft was only 3 months and not the usual 6-month exchange.  The shorter stay is possible because subjects are taken in a quarter of a year and not a semester.  It is possible to stay for 2 quarters, most international students did it that way.   I chose the shorter exchange, because I wanted to return and work on my thesis.

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JC at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

I loved my comfort zone, a lot. Then I left it and learnt a great lesson. Before boarding the plane, I spent weeks terrifyingly wondering why I chose to exchange a perfectly happy life for one I had no clue about. I was annoyed by those comfortingly saying that I would return in six months and that it would all be the same again, because they were wrong – it won’t be the same – and I needed someone to tell me to stay. Nobody did, so I flew away.

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