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Bob Bastian

Bob Bastian

University of Pavia, Italy

Country of origin: The Netherlands
Study course: Master of Science in International Business and Entrepreneurship

Why did you decide to study abroad?
I decided to go abroad for several reasons. First of all, I am truly interested in other cultures and languages; it is important for me to realise that my home culture is not an average, representative measurement. When you study abroad, you have a lot of opportunities to make decisions yourself. You are not yet bound to restrictions or major responsibilities, like having a monthly income or taking care of your family. Therefore, I believe that people should try as many different things as possible while they’re students.

What made you decide on this university?
I was also accepted to universities in Tilburg and Rome; but Pavia offers some very interesting international programs that caught my attention. The university is quite famous in Italy; and its reputation is important if you would also like to work in Italy after your degree. Besides that, the city of Pavia has a stimulating student environment. Almost one-third of its citizens are students.

How is your experience of studying abroad?
If anyone were to ask me, I would definitely recommend studying abroad. Going abroad makes you more mature; you have to be prepared for unexpected things and a new lifestyle far from your safe environment. You will also learn to deal with different cultures – a necessary asset to have these days.

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
I would recommend that everyone try to hang out with both Italians and Internationals. The Italian lifestyle is something a lot of people can learn from. It is a very open and kind culture; you can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. Besides that, there are a lot of international activities for foreign students; and participating in these is also a must. I’ve met people from Canada, Brazil, Jordan, Russia and Azerbaijan. Talking with all these different cultures expands your worldwide perception. Finally, there are a lot of collegio’s here – student associations with their own houses, flags, and sport teams. I would definitely suggest you join them!