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Ace Dela Cruz

University of Warsaw, Poland

The Erasmus programme has allowed me to understand and empower myself and others. To me, the programme went beyond academic studies and gatherings or travels but it was more about nurturing a deeper sense of self, as well as compassion and responsibility for others.

To all aspiring scholars, never stop chasing your dreams. Apply now and be part of the Erasmus family.

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Frances Camille Rivera

Bremen Universität (Germany), Unibersidad de Oviedo (Spain), and Ghent University (Belgium)

Studying in the EU opened my perspectives in different things, not just in academia, but also in dealing with multicultural characters, different opinions about politics and religion, different perspectives about food, family, career and marriage. It widens your knowledge and experience because of friends and colleagues with different backgrounds and you get to share and learn from each other.

My message to aspiring students who want to study in the EU is to prepare yourself to be open and accept different perspectives other than your own, but not to lose oneself and your core values. I met a lot of students who went to the EU and came back to the Philippines as if they are the best of all, but always keep your feet on the ground and know where you want to leave your legacy.

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Annalyn Flores

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies – Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

My journey started with a cold call from the Asian recruitment Office of IHS inviting me to enroll in their post graduate program.

Being Executive Director of a non-stock not-for-profit organization, I oversaw the operation of an office that needed to efficiently manage its limited resources over the years. High in output and modest in expense.

I was very interested to pursue the invitation seeing the potential of the program to capacitate me to contribute more to my organization. However, I had to be frank that while I appreciated their interest, sadly I won’t be able to apply unless it is on a scholarship from elsewhere.

However, it was fortunate that at that time the invitation was offered, the Philippines was among the priority countries for Nuffic scholarships, so I submitted my application, complied with all the requirements and thankfully, qualified.

I particularly love the innovative approach to learning that the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University adopted. The course contents were based on factual experiences of faculty from all over the world, who did not only share the theories but their first hand experience as practitioners. It was the perfect blend of theory and practice that we discussed within the classroom and outside of it. It was a very experiential way of learning and the academic atmosphere especially between student and professor was open, accepting, dynamic and progressive. Something that I definitely admire having been schooled in an ultra formal academic setting back home.

There were also a lot of innovative approaches to learning and I thoroughly enjoyed our simulation games and role playing which helped us understand land valuation, decay and development in cities much faster. I never enjoyed more or learned as much until my studies in Rotterdam, both inside and outside of the classroom. As a country, the Netherlands is a mix of different cultures, with inclusive and sustainable communities. I appreciate the well planned streets of Rotterdam with its green, open spaces and I value the accepting but no-nonsense attitude of the Dutch.

To students who aspire to experience a progressive, dynamic, and unforgettable experience in learning, the Netherlands has a lot to offer and I encourage you to come and experience it for yourself. You will not only gain knowledge and practical skills, but a whole new appreciation for diversity and culture.

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Ria de Borja

ESSEC, France

It was amazing being given the opportunity to study in France, and most of all
In ESSEC. My dream was to work for Louis Vuitton after graduation and that thankfully happened through a friend from ESSEC as well. I learned so many things on cultural relations and also on managing different people. Because we were such a diverse group in the MBA, people’s cultures and experiences really stood out and really helped shape my experience.

Message to aspiring students who are interested to study in the EU:

Go for what you want and don’t give up! There is a course for everybody and your experience will proven worth it in the end. The international experience of having a globally-recognized MBA from ESSEC really changed my world view.

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Kyza Mae Ramoneda

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

My stay in Belgium was one of the best and most unforgettable experiences in my life. It surely was a roller coaster ride for me – moving cities, traveling for classes, and adjusting to different cultures. Through the VLIR-UOS scholarship, I got the opportunity to study and obtain my degree at one of the top universities in the world. Aside from that, I was trained by world-renowned professors who are experts in their respective fields. I have learned various techniques in molecular biology, was able to use state-of-the-art technology in research, and further developed my knowledge in this field of study where I find highly valuable in my current profession in the academe. During my stay, I learned a lot about perseverance, patience, and hard work. Being in a foreign country taught me to become independent, how to build my network, and proper time management. I interacted with the locals, experienced the Belgian culture, and enrolled myself in integration and Nederlands courses to further settle in. I was also able to travel in various European countries while doing my graduate studies where I was able to unwind, explore cities, and experience different cultures around Europe. Through these experiences, it made my stay in Belgium truly humbling and one-of-a-kind.

Studying in a foreign country is truly a great experience. You get to be trained by world-class professor from one of the top universities in the world, you can conduct your research using high-end technology, and develop yourself as a globally competitive individual. Surely, being an international student is tough because of the adjustments but the experience of living in a culturally diverse environment is priceless and will not only help you grow in your field of expertise but it will also be an avenue for you to understand different cultures and traditions. Studying in Belgium will be a great learning opportunity for you to hone your skills and improve your knowledge on your profession. Belgium has several globally-recognized universities, research centres, and industries. Aside from that, a lot of Filipino students who are alumni of Belgian Universities are making their own names not just in the Philippines but also abroad, may it be in the academe or industry. In addition, you get to experience the Belgian culture, meet friendly locals, and visit historical sites in the country. Studies and leisure aside, Belgian cuisine is also a must-try. They have the best beer, fries, and chocolate. Since it’s the heart of Europe, traveling to different European destinations is a perfect getaway during breaks.

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Raymond Patrick Maximo

Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

I went to ULB which is in the city of Brussels in Belgium. The city has a great vibe. It is a melting pot of so many cultures. The city is small enough to go around by bike. It is very central and true to its name - the heart of Europe. From Brussels you can reach the cities of Paris in the south and Amsterdam in the north almost easily by train. One thing I loved when I was in Belgium during summertime, the country becomes a paradise for music enthusiasts. Belgium have so many music festivals, from rock concerts to electronic dance music festivals and the summer weekends were usually jampacked with people from all over Europe. And when summer ends, you can start your museum tours, from the contemporary Musée Magritte to eclectic Musical Instruments Museum. Weekends of fall season were dedicated to exploring the nearby cities like Ghent, Antwerp, Namur and Bruges to name a few. And in wintertime, the most colorful and lively Christmas markets take over most of the squares of these cities in Belgium. Last but not the least, chocolates. This is a haven for chocolate lovers, dark Belgian chocolates to milk chocolates, you name it and you can have it in Belgium.

Why did you choose to study in the EU?
Studying in Belgium wasn’t really my choice. I just came back from my Masters in the US and was ready to get back to work at PHIVOLCS. A few months after I arrived, there was this professor from Université libre de Bruxelles, looking for a student who has a good background in geochemistry. At that time, I just finished my research work in geochemistry. So immediately he talked to me and asked me if I wanted to go to Belgium. I have no idea what to expect in Belgium, but I am all for seizing the opportunity. I said yes and in 2015 I started my doctoral studies in geochemistry and volcanology.

People are asking, why Belgium? There is no volcano in Belgium. My answer to that is that the technology and the resources are being offered by Belgium so why not? The professor has a project on Philippine volcanoes funded by ARES-CCD and one of the aspects of the project is producing a competent geochemist that can serve the Philippines when the project ends. I was at the right place at the right time, and this was how I ended up in Belgium.

Highlight:
Probably the highlight of my stay in Belgium is being able to travel to so many countries. Because of the Schengen visa which covers 26 EU states, I easily travelled from one country to the other without securing another visa. And yes, I mastered the art of booking those 10 Euro tickets in Ryan Air.

One experience that I would never forget when I was in Belgium was the World Cup match of Belgium versus France. The streets of Brussels were filled with people and every corner of the city were watching and cheering for Belgium. The weekend after the match was the homecoming of the Belgian Red Devils and Grand Place was just a sea of red and black. The whole city was a big party place.

Why should others choose EU for higher education?
Should you decide to go for graduate studies, I say Europe has a lot to offer. Research is cutting edge, resources are everywhere, you just have to know where to look and the setting - Europe. The architecture brings you several years back in time. The opportunity to grow is endless. The freedom to create is at your fingertips. Your professors are the names you read in your books and references. And you can talk to them as colleague and not someone who is high and mighty. You can even have a healthy discourse with them. EU education is very empowering.

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Samantha Renee Balboa

Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poland

Studying in the EU was not something I had initially planned because Europe seemed like a distant dream. Fortunately, my friend and coach, Hazel Kay Ambat, showed me that it's possible and that there are many universities and programs I could choose from. After much research, I decided to study my master's degree in Innovation Management at Poznan University of Economics and Business in Poznan, Poland.

What I loved the most about studying in Poland was going through an education system quite different from the Philippines. There was less emphasis on quizzes or testing in my university and more time spent on group projects and collaborative work. It was refreshing to be able to interact and learn from people of all ages and nationalities.

Beyond the school work, it was eye-opening to experience and become immersed in a whole new culture, environment, and cuisine. It was also an honor to share my Filipino identity and culture with friends and colleagues who have never met anyone from the Philippines.

My journey doesn't end with my studies because I am now working at Omni Calculators-a tech start-up located in the beautiful old town of Kraków. Day-to-day life is always an adventure, and I am so humbled and grateful for the opportunity and for all the unforgettable memories I get to make. Truly, Europe, specifically Poland, is a great place to pursue higher education and more.

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Elaine Caoibes

Finland

To date, my study experience in the EU has given me myriad possibilities. For example, prior to my current work in a multinational company, I have also experienced working in a Finnish government agency and several other case companies. I have attended courses and events from partner universities abroad and if it weren’t for the pandemic, I would’ve gone for a student exchange in which the university supports financially. I have also worked part-time and earned some money during my studies. Throughout these opportunities, I have networked with students and professionals from almost all parts of the globe.

I credit these for Finland’s quality education system which gives us the support, resources, connections, and freedom to design our future and build on our own skillset. I rarely had exams and I have never felt academic burnout. I could take courses from different universities in Finland and from different fields. The practical teaching in Finland is what I love most about my studies here. I feel that the real-world is so integrated into my learning process.

Beyond academics, living in the EU has taught me a lot about myself and the world around me. Being able to travel with friends after class to neighboring countries, doing household chores, learning a new language, asking for help, etc. are experiences that have shaped me in ways I couldn’t imagine had I not gone to study, live, and work in the EU.

There’s so much more stories for me to share, so if you are interested in studies in the EU, why not create your own story to tell? My advice: Don’t miss any opportunity!

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Kevin del Rosario

IED Istituto Europeo di Design Roma, Italy

Ciao! My name is Kevin, I’m originally from the Philippines and have been living in Rome since 2007. I attended IED Roma and graduated in Fashion Styling batch 2015-2018.

I joined Fendi’s Visual Merchandising team and it’s a really exciting experience.One of the great aspects of this profession is travel, being in different places and having the opportunity to collaborate with different teams is like having an unlimited source of inspiration.

I chose IED because I wanted change, something new and exciting, and that’s what I have found. It’s amazing to be surrounded by other enthusiastic creative talents and of course, to have professional instructors who teach and share their expertise on different creative fields.

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Don Niko Godilano

University of Padua, Italy

What attracted me to study in the University of Padua is how the MS course was structured.Among the many universities in Europe that I looked into, the courses offered by the university were a perfect fit for what I was looking for. I also looked at the history of the university as well as the faculty, research and publications. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the best in the world, even at the same level with the leading universities
around the globe. The faculty is filled with many renowned scientists and researchers, and the facilities available to students are modern and advanced, even some of them are state-of-the-art and famous among international research collaborations. They also have a very high standard of research publication. Even the university itself is founded on many historical people in various fields, giving it a rich scientific, artistic and academic heritage. The city of Padua is also a perfect match for me as it is a calm, beautiful and friendly environment where you will find inspiration during your stay. As for Italy itself, it is famous for many things like food, culture, history, arts and many more, so it is an added bonus to experience this during my study.

Other Student Testimonials

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Areson Cuevas

IESE Business School (Spain)

Why did you choose to study in the EU?

My journey in getting my MBA started when I attended an MBA Fair in Makati, Philippines. At that time, I was looking to get a Master’s degree outside the Philippines to get a feel of what it was like to be living in an unfamiliar place. My criteria were: 1) must be a top 10 school globally, 2) offers a 2-year MBA program, 3) must be in a non-English speaking country, and 4) in a location that offers a familiar yet exciting culture.

I ended up applying and getting accepted to my 1st priority, which was IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. I finished my Masters in Business Administration (MBA, bilingual) in 2014.

How was your experience? Highlights?

It was the best 2 years of my life, to say the least. I was on a shoestring budget as I didn’t have any scholarship from any private or public institution, so I had to always make sure that I make ends meet. Despite living on a tight budget, I was able to travel to around 10 EU countries by mastering the art of booking cheap flights! Travelling around Europe is cheap if you know your way around.

But in the end, the highlight of course was when I finished my MBA which gave me a lot of employment opportunities both in the EU and in the Philippines.

Why should others choose EU for higher education?

It’s a leap of faith. If your heart tells you that EU is where you want to be, then follow your dreams and you will never look back.

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Czarecah T. Oropilla

Oslo and Akershus University College (Norway), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), University of Malta (Malta), University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

Why did you choose to study in the EU?

I chose to study in the EU because doing so offered insights into the rich histories and current developments in early childhood education and care I was not yet acquainted with. It was an excellent opportunity to learn more and step out of my comfort zone.

How was your experience? Highlights?

My whole experience was rewarding and very humbling. I’ve gained not just knowledge and life experiences; I have also gained life-long friends from all over the world. Additionally, the experience helped me realize how big the world is, how much more there is to learn, and how little I am in the greater scheme of things.

Why should others choose EU for higher education?

Studying in the EU is something that others should consider because it is truly a wonderful place to be and become. Many, if not most, higher education institutions in the EU value equality and democracy in all aspects of life. This includes the seemingly trivial things—calling professors by name, having opportunities to make your voices heard, having a work/school-life balance. These are some practices that we could bring back to the Philippines in hopes that they would catch on.

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Gerald Tambis

IESE Business School (Spain)

My studies at IESE Business School enabled me to interact with peers from different countries and industries. Using the case method allowed us to examine situations from various points of view. Coupled with the guidance of our professors as well as insights from latest research, we could simulate scenarios and deliberate on possible outcomes of business cases. The diversity of backgrounds of the participants contributed to robust discussions. My favorite subjects were international economics, operations management, value creation, marketing communications and human capital. In the end, one of the most important aspects of going to business school is the friendships and spirit of camaraderie formed amongst the participants and professors which could last a lifetime.

The campus of IESE Business School is set within Barcelona, the Catalan city rich in architecture, arts and cultural heritage. Part of the study was to be immersed in city life, via walking tours and sometimes using the signature red bicycles of Barcelona. IESE also has a campus in New York, near Central Park, and we studied a module there. Graduation was at the IESE campus in Madrid, which is set at the majestic Castillan countryside.

I am grateful to my wife for her full support for me to proceed with my business studies. My son was 5 years old and my daughter was one year old when I studied in Europe, so I had to spend some time away from them. It was time and effort spent well, because this was a big step for me to go back to the corporate world equipped with the mindset and skills needed to operate and grow a business.

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Jennifer Ozoa

Universidad De Valladolid (Spain)

Why did you choose to study in the EU?

My specialization involves both European languages and anthropology so opting to study in a European
HEI was the most relevant choice since European philosophers contributed greatly to the development
of the humanities as areas of thought.

How was your experience? Highlights?

My experience studying in the EU was life-changing. I had to renegotiate my identity as a Filipina given
such an unfamiliar setting. I was living and studying in Spain which allowed me to deeply reflect upon
the fact that the Philippines was its former colony. This process of introspection empowered me to
redefine my responsibilities as a Filipina in the context of community building both inside and outside of
the Philippines.
Being able to participate in the EU’s tradition of cultural diversity likewise allowed me to embody the
fact that all human beings are essentially the same. The communities I found myself in generously
demonstrated compassion, equality, and kindness notwithstanding my gender and race.

Why should others choose EU for Higher Education?

I feel it’s important to experience a different framework of education outside of that of the Philippines’.
Our educational institution is greatly influenced by American scholarship when the United States
established the system of education in the country during its occupation. Acquiring an education outside
of that system, I feel, provides for a more comprehensive expertise given that the EU has its own
tradition of thought and instruction.

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Mia Zamora

IESE Business School (Spain)

Deciding to take my Executive MBA in IESE Business School (Madrid, Spain) is one of the best things I have ever done. Living in Europe, learning a new language, discovering a new and yet familiar culture, making new friends from different countries, and elevating my learning in one of the world’s best business schools is truly the privilege and the experience of a lifetime.

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Luis Miguel Daez

Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona (Spain)

Studying in Spain was one of the best experiences of my life. I wanted to study abroad to learn a new language, get international exposure, and experience a new culture.

When the time came for me to leave, I found myself so grateful for the ability to speak Spanish, the lifelong friendships made, and the priceless memories.

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Stephanie Tumampos

University of Salzburg (Austria) and University of South Brittany (France)

I have always wanted to study in Europe for graduate studies because of the high quality of education, and the recognition and opportunities it provided after obtaining a degree.

Although my time studying in Europe was affected by the pandemic, the amount of support by the faculty, universities and the government were impressive. Classes were quickly shifted to online platform and the transition was seamless giving us the same quality of education as in in-person classes. The mental, emotional, physical (in terms of healthcare) and educational support was also there and with this, we still managed to finish our degree on time and up to the highest standards.

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Rebecca Disini

Le Cordon Bleu, France

I chose Paris because French pastries are my favorite and Le Cordon Bleu was situated in that city. More importantly, French kitchens are known to be rigorous, unyielding, and the finest in executing perfection. To live, breathe, and eat in Paris is part of training in itself. And it is in this immersion that one’s senses are opened to endless possibilities.

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Glorey Ann Alde

Master Degree in Public Health in Disasters (Spain, Cyprus, US, Denmark)

Studying in Europe means exposing oneself to the excellence of western higher education. You get a chance of sitting in classes of experts in their respective fields. You get to enjoy firsthand a study-life balance which gives you ample time to be exposed to different cultures especially with the mobility of traveling within the European Union. With your knowledge and skills no longer confined to the local context, you increase your chances of employability plus living overseas shows employers of your adaptability.

My advice for aspiring students is this: “The more strategic entries you send, the more chances of winning.” Failure from previous applications should never deter you from trying again, rather let it serve as a motivation to improve.

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Christine Cheryl Yadao Benet

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Studying in Milan is one of my most memorable experiences. As a professional in the fashion industry, it allowed me to learn the global landscape through exposure to the latest technology and world-renowned design process of Italy. Incorporated in our program then were participation in Trend Forecasting Fairs in Florence, site visits in factories of the Silk capital, Como Lago, and watching of opera in Teatro Scala to name a few.

Being already in Europe, allowed me to visit other cities like Paris, Munich, and Monaco. As an educator, I have always encouraged my students to aspire for further studies in Europe not just to learn new knowledge but also to experience their rich culture.

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Mary Ann P. Sayoc

Barneveld/Aeres College, The Netherlands

I was able to study in the Netherlands through a scholarship grant provided by a bilateral project
between the Philippine Department of Agriculture and Barneveld College of the Netherlands
called the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH). I was part of the project
implementation team and one of the requirements was for the technical staff to train in the
Netherlands and learn the “learning by doing” approach in education.
Studying in the Netherlands was a life-changing experience for me. It widened my perspective
in life. My Dutch education instilled in me the following values: dignity of labor, respect for other
people’s time, no hierarchy, straightforward, pragmatic, walking the talk, no concern for titles,
consultative/participatory approach.
I especially liked being in a class with 30 international students sharing their knowledge and
experiences and learning about their culture. I made lifelong friends with whom I still stay in
touch. I liked the way Dutch education encourages critical thinking and upholds inclusivity and
diversity. I also enjoyed the cultural evenings, field trips to farms and excursions to museums
and other places of interest.

Studying in the EU is an amazing adventure for students who want to see the world and
experience firsthand the rich culture of Europe. You will experience a different style of education
which will stimulate your intellect and creativity. Interacting with other international students will
enrich your understanding of the world and it will provide you with the opportunity to learn new
languages and culture. Also having a European education will create better career opportunities
for you.
So I strongly urge you to start your journey now.

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Chloe T. Manlosa-Osano

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies – Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

I had the opportunity to study in Europe not once but twice, I studied Land Management and Informal Settlements Regularization (LMISR) in 2006 and International Course on Housing and Urban Development (ICHUD) in 2013. In 2005, having occupied my post as Director in PCUP-Visayas for 6 years, I needed to elevate my experience, learnings from a different environment to better serve the sector I worked for. The institution that has the capabilities to provide courses on the aspects of housing and urban development was the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, lodged in the prestigious Erasmus University which is among the top 100 in world ranking. I was accepted to the IHS in 2006. But, I did not have the financial luxury of supporting myself for the course, so I applied for scholarship through Netherlands Fellowship Program. While waiting, my confidence was waning, but hey, if I do not ask, the answer will always be no. I was awarded a scholarship for the LMISR and 7 years later, I again benefited of an European education from the same institution.

In learning new things, you have to challenge and transplant yourself from your comfort zone. What I appreciated most while I studied there was the global mindset of the courses I had, aside from learning from the Dutch I also learned from my colleagues representing 19 countries. Netherlands also provided safe environment for students and for everyone.

Studying in another country can be intimidating because we leave all the comforts of our country and the confidence of having always something to fall back on in any circumstance, but it is richly rewarding personally and intellectually. So, go on, write that application, there are so many European institutions that will quench your thirst for learning.

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Maria Luisa Baiño-Salingay

UNESCO-IHE (now IHE Delft) Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands

I wanted to pursue further studies abroad. As a Chemist by profession, I planned to pursue Ph.D. in Chemistry. I applied to some top universities abroad, took qualifying examinations, and passed. The turning point in my life was when Tropical Storm Washi (‘Sendong’) hit our region last December 17, 2011, which caused more than a thousand dead and displaced communities living along the river. This event made me decide to do further study in the field of water.

My MSc and Ph.D. journey in the Netherlands was worth all the sacrifices. I grew professionally in the field of water. IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education gives the best water education. The academic community of IHE is full of international water professionals pursuing Ph.D. and MSc studies with world-renowned water professors. My learnings go beyond the four walls of the classroom and experiences go beyond the four walls of the laboratories. Equally enriching were the small talks on current water researches during coffee and lunch breaks or a minute pitch along corridors, stairs, and elevators.

If you want to pursue graduate studies, especially in water-related courses, come to the Netherlands

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Zyra Mae Oliman

Lund University, Sweden

Studying in Sweden was definitely one of the highlights of my higher education experience. I remember being thrilled because I was able to call my professors by their first names and how approachable each of them were, so much so that we often discussed academic topics over a cup of coffee! It was one of those experiences that helped further stir my curiosity and communicate with confidence especially to those experts within my field of study.

Sweden’s culture of innovation, openness, sustainability and forward-thinking has helped me immensely as I continue to pursue my field in product development.

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Miguel da Silva

EAE Business School, Barcelona, Spain

One of the best parts of studying abroad for me is about seeing the world and seeing yourself through the eyes of the world. There were questions I had to answer that I had never even thought of asking myself before – questions I never thought were questions until I heard them asked. The different cultures, perspectives and ideas get you to think deeper about things you may have taken for granted and the result is that you come to learn new ways of thinking while coming to understand more about what you have already learned before. It also gives you the opportunity to be an ambassador for the Philippines – to show people there is more to us than the usual stereotypes they may know.

Come and study but with a purpose. Many people come to Master’s for a better job in the future, to visit another country maybe, to study more because they like the university life, to learn more about themselves or maybe because they simply want to party. You will meet all kinds of people and you will also find all kinds of schools – you may end up with some of the best teachers, while also ending up with some of the worst. However, at the end of the day, the one that will truly define the value of your experience here is you and what you make of it. Usually, knowing what purpose you want and seeing it through will help make sure that experience is the best it can be.

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John Clemence Pinlac

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Studying in Italy is the greatest adventure in my life as it expanded
my horizon and introduced me to a different world. I'll always treasure
the places I've visited, the people I've met, and the wisdom I've gained
as I live with endless possibilities and opportunities.

To aspiring students in EU, keep an open mind and see the world with
eyes full of curiosity. Your European experience will either change you
or reinforce who you are. Either way, it'll enrich you.

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Jessica Barbier Duchier

Bocconi University, Italy

As a half-French-Filipino, third culture kid, having grown on this side of the world, I wanted to be more in touch with my European side. Studying in the EU, in Milano, not only helped me with that but also allowed me to become more global thanks to the diversity of its student body, the faculty, and the opportunities and connections that were provided. What I loved most about it, was experiencing something entirely new. yet very familiar at the same time.

There’s no harm in just trying and being open to options, sometimes you might just be pleasantly surprised. I never intended in studying in Bocconi actually. I was headstrong about going to Australia for college, but after spending my summer in Italy visiting family, my grandmother convinced me to just try... pass or fail. It was the first university I got into, and within 24 hours of my acceptance letter, I decided to move the next 3 years of my life to Milano.

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Gary Auxilian

German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany

There was a scholarship program offered by the German government back in 1990, through the German Embassy in Manila, under its bilateral development program, to study public administration in Germany leading to a master's degree. As a researcher at the UP College of Public Administration then, I was endorsed by the College to the said program. I applied for the program as it is relevant to what I am doing and I was interested to get first-hand experience of living in Germany and study the government and public administration system of the country, since Germany is one of the best known for effectiveness and efficiency in the world. Acquiring a master's degree from a reputable university in Europe was also my ultimate goal for my career development and advancement.

How was your experience? Highlights?
It was a very challenging and at the same time very exciting experience. I was made aware from the very start that our entire program and academic course will be conducted in German language. So, I spent the first six months learning Hochdeutsch at the German Foundation for International Development, or Deutsche Stiftung fur internationale Entwicklung (DSE), training center in Berlin. Together with my fellow scholars from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, I attended an intensive German language course offered by the Goethe Institut in Berlin. After passing the language course, the rest of the two-year program was then spent attending classes or the main academic program at the university, the Post-Graduate School of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Rheinland Palatinate, leading to the completion of the master's degree program. The study program also provided us the opportunity to experience actual work at a German agency or organization of our choice through a practicum or immersion program. The university instituted a foster family program that made our adjustment easier and helped us survive life in a foreign country due to the moral support extended by our foster family. My study in Germany has provided a great chance to broaden my horizon and to also meet new friends from different countries and cultures.

Why should others choose EU for higher education?
Studying in Europe provides one a great and wonderful chance to experience first-hand the culture and way of life of the people, the politico-administrative system and economic situation of the countries in Europe, which is truly enriching. Getting a higher education in EU countries also allows one to enjoy the unique and excellent academic life in these advanced countries and be exposed to a conducive and effective learning environment necessary to acquire new knowledge and skills that may be helpful in one's career and professional advancement. It also allows one to be exposed to the advanced studies and researches in the universities and academic institutions of these countries as well as to derive new/innovative ideas and solutions relevant to issues and problems prevailing in the Philippines.