Today marks my 100th day of being on the other side of the world and the uni workload has finally started to steady, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to reflect on my time abroad. I arrived at TU Delft at the beginning of February along with 300+ international students after spending 2.5 months travelling across the USA, Canada and all over Europe. After receiving the keys to my new home for the next 5 months, the first question my roommates asked me wasn’t ‘What’s your name?’ or ‘Where are you from?’ but ‘Do you want to have a beer with us?’ and that pretty much sums up my exchange thus far. If you’re considering TU Delft for your study abroad, here are a few bits and pieces you should know:
- TU Delft is a technology university, meaning the faculties are mostly streams of engineering, IT, design and architecture, meaning there are a LOT of guys
- Most faculties have their own bars and a specific night of the week that beers only cost 1€
- Despite being a tiny city, Delft seems to have more events and things to do than Sydney
- You’ll always find out about these events through Whatsapp – everyone uses it to communicate and you’ll become a part of so many group chats that your phone will constantly be receiving notifications
- Professor Schermerhornstraat, the student housing complex where I live (and arguably the best one, along with Stieltjesweg), becomes easier to pronounce when you’re drunk (which is a lot of the time)
- To truly immerse yourself in the Dutch university experience, you’ll need a bike – there’s a great startup called Swapfiets that rent bikes out for 12€ a month but register before you arrive to avoid waiting 3 weeks for a bike!
- Don’t stress about learning Dutch, the only place you need it is in the supermarket and that’s where the google translate app becomes your best friend
- In fact, you’ll learn more Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Korean phrases than Dutch – Delft has a very international community so you’ll never feel like a foreigner
- The international office is there to help you with everything from accommodation to visas to bank accounts so if you are unsure about anything, send them an email
Studying abroad is a truly invaluable experience and if you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, come to Delft – the little Dutch town full of social, inventive, and motivated young people who are coming up with bright ideas every day.
Bachelor of Design in Product Design