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Until the end of September, 2018 you still have time to decide where you would like to go.

"Erasmus is changing lives, opening minds" says Etelka Dombora Programme Assistant, Erasmus coordinator

Erasmus helps participants to pursue stimulating opportunities for learning across Europe, both inside and outside of the classroom. You will gain valuable life-skills and international experience to help you develop personally, professionally and academically and to be successful in today's world.

  

The international experience gained through studying, volunteering or working abroad will give a huge boost to your self-confidence and your CV, helping you to stand out in the job market and succeed in an increasingly competitive international marketplace. You will return more motivated, independent and confident, having improved your language skills and gained an international network of friends. 

While studying abroad you only need to earn 15 ECTS, you can study what you want, what you like and would be useful for your future studies/work.

Other benefits specified by significant numbers of respondents were the development of a range of transferable or employability skills and the creation or development of relationships with others, either professional or personal, and the gain of a different and broader perspective. Read more in the European Commission’s survey of former Erasmus students: “

Teaching or training abroad enables staff to develop new skills; you can get to know first-hand the workings of another European educational system, learn and share new ideas and explore best practices to take back to the UK. You will be inspired by new colleagues and refresh your thinking, returning from your mobility enthused and motivated.

For further information and assistance please contact

Etelka Dombora Programme Assistant, Erasmus coordinator
Centre for Student Services,
Send e-mail, phone: + +3615888623  

Read our students' testimonials

Maria Gudima

Classes at International Business School – Hanze in Groningen are organized in blocks of 7 weeks. So during a semester students attend 3 courses for 7 weeks, have exams, and then have a block of another 3 courses. This way of teaching enables a more focused attention towards a limited number of subjects at a time which provides a deeper understanding of the issues. Classes are based on study materials in form of textbook chapters, ppt slides, home & class exercises, and group activities. The study process is practice based, so prepare yourself to work and learn useful things and develop your communication, management, and learning skills. A more engaging approach to teaching is provided through classes organized as simulation games where teams of 5-6 students compete and make managerial decisions about every detail of managing a company. In this way students have the possibility to try themselves in the role of the owners of a company and do their best to keep the business running. There are experienced teachers with professional background and most of them also work in the field that they teach or manage their own business company.

Of course, after a heavy week of studies, there are lots of activities, thematic parties, concerts, cultural events, trips, and games organized by the student unions and ESN network. There are plenty of opportunities to travel around the Netherlands, taste their craft beers and delicious cheese, meet and connect with new people from any part of the world, and discover the beauty of a new culture.

Kende Rados’ advises 

If, you are deciding whether to go on an Erasmus or not, and you are considering International Business School – Hanze as a possible destination, I can tell you when you might like it and when not to consider this option from the perspective of a finance student.

Let’s start by when it is not for you to spare you reading through the rest of this wall of text. If you are content with getting 40 percents on your exams and papers, don’t bother. You will fail at Hanze. Or if not fail, you will feel miserable being stuck studying much more than you are used to, if you can even call the preparation for 40 percents studying. Just by the fact that there the minimum requirement is 55 percent, while being much more demanding in general.

If you sit in classes with your phone in hand, having no idea what the teacher talks about, forget about it. You will be kicked out of the classroom, and you will fail the course if you do that during someone else’s presentation.

Then there is your personality. If you like high culture and arts, you will find Groningen lacking. Sure, there are some outlets for that kind of activity, but you would find it being much better covered elsewhere.

Don’t bother going there if you are xenophobic either, as it is an international town with people from all over the world. Though I would question what you are doing wasting time reading this if you are.

Now for the rest of you, who were not scared away.

If you are one of the best students, always striving for the best grades, Groningen is a great choice. And If you want to go on Erasmus to learn new things, it is worth it. Be prepared for a fast paced, no-bullshit style of teaching, with a requirement being continuous preparation and reading before classes.

If you are fine with partying and traveling being the main activities to do in your free time, go for it. There are plenty of opportunities to do those. If you need to have physical activity in your life, as you should, Groningen has that need covered by numerous quality gyms and sports clubs. No excuses. Finally, Dutch culture is very friendly. Everyone speaks English, as they are used to seeing internationals every day, for better or worse.

We asked some Erasmus students why they chose IBS and how they feel about their experiences in Hungary

Can you remember and tell how and why you chose Budapest?

Sophie Lengaigne (France): Two years ago I visited my sister in Budapest and I really loved it here, so I thought, may be I would do my Erasmus here. So I did. Why IBS? Because it is specializing to management which I do at home, in Lille. I also chose Hungary because it is close to almost every European country, you can travel everywhere, the location is great, and I study tourism. Life is also cheaper here than in several other places. I want to work in international management, so this school is perfect for me.

Marie Beloeuvre (France): I wanted to experience something new, I did not know this part of the world and Europe, so it was something totally new for me. I think, it is more exciting to come here than going to some big places in Europe.

Aurelia Pogorzelski (France): I chose Budapest because of the classes, because I wanted to work in an art and culture environment that after a while I can go deeper into the society and the country. I like that I could choose different modules that are not available in France just to broaden my view.

Ezgi Ozer (Turkey): Back home I study business and arts. Here I could add some law content to these. All the art modules are going really deep here, I can learn a lot. My friend came to study to IBS Budapest, she liked this school and she said, you should go, too. Back home I study art management, so it fits me really well here. I can take courses in this field. I take two art classes, Funding the Arts and Visual Culture, I like both of them.

Marie Beloeuvre: I study arts in Paris and I liked that I could also choose totally different classes here, like political science, law that I do not study back home.

Vazquez Garcia Jaime:  (Spain): I am from Northern Spain, from Acoruna, and I am here only for the 2nd semester. Back home I study business and law. Here I study business.

Giuseppe Trecarichi (Italy): I am form northern Italy, from Ferrara. Back home I study economics in Trento. I was here four years ago at the Sziget festival, then again two years ago, so I thought maybe I could come back to study. This had a big part in why I chose Budapest.

Jaime Vazquez Garcia: I wanted to do something new, I also had to look at the subjects offered by IBS, and I thought that the university looked quite good. I also had to refresh my English from high school but it worked well.

 

What is your greatest experience here? What is the course the experience that you found especially useful?

Anais Mouthon (France): We meet a lot of people from all over the world, we can set up our links and connections. I learn about people and things that I had no idea about before. For me, my favourite is the “hospitality management” module. The teacher is Lívia Pintér-Szabó. I really appreciated that we made visits to hotels, and I saw what it means to work in hospitality, it was very very interesting for me. I finish my studies this June and I would like to work in this field.

Sophie Lengaigne (France): My favourite module was entrepreneurship, also with Livia. Even though it was a lot of work, I really liked it. I also liked learning Hungarian, it was funny, the teacher was nice, we learnt the language and we also learnt about the culture. I finish my studies in June. I will go to South America, to five or six different countries, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brasil among them. I will work within an association that helps people to set up micro entrepreneurships. The association helps them with some money but more with knowhow. I can use what I learnt here.

Giuseppe Trecarichi (Italy):Banking and Risk Management is really a good module, I both liked the subject itself and how the professor explained it. I consider László Oláh a very good professor, prepared and passionate about his job.

Jaime Vazquez Garcia (Spain): As for me, my favourite module is Finance for Mangers with Gabriella Lengyel. She made the class really interesting.

Giuseppe Trecarichi (Italy): We should also mention that there are many places where you can go outside of school. There is a place where Erasmus students meet every Monday, once a week we all gather here. It's also full of nice spots to visit, such as the 5th district, the Buda Castle, Margaret Island, Citadella, the Chainbridge and many others. What makes the difference here is public transportation. You can easily go everywhere with public transportation.

We asked IBS professors György Gonda, Gabriella Lengyel and Balázs Szigeti about their Erasmus experiences

György Gonda

I spent one week in the European University of Cyprus, Nicosia. It was the First International and Teaching Week of the university. They have 3000 students, 15 percent of them are international.

I was teaching Organizational Behavior focused on intercultural and diversity management. The university has not only business school but some other faculties including legal and medical. The campus is very modern and the whole university is well equipped for teaching, studiing and for cultural events.

For the International Week – among others – several music teachers arrived from Estonia and Italy. They immediately formed an ochestra and delivered beautiful, amazing concert for the students and the teachers.

I had opportunity to visit Famagusta, Pafos and Kyrenia (Girne) with their wonderful historical monuments and seashore.

During my classes I felt that something is „missing” what I always have at IBS. After some minutes I recognized that nobody pushed his/her phone, tablet. And what a surprise: the students interrupted me in every 4-5 minutes with questions and remarks. It was a great week in Cyprus within the Teachers’ Mobility program of Erasmus.

Gabriella Lengyel

I participated in the International Teacher and Staff Exchange Week 2018 in the Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland. One of the best things about this week is that there were nearly 150 incoming teachers and staff members who arrived to Oulu for this event and there were plenty of opportunities to talk to other teachers about teaching, modules, methodology, best practices and teaching programmes. In addition, we all had to participate in a teaching exchange (8 hours/ week), which was a challenge, but a good experience considering the different environment and different students. I also learnt a lot from visiting other teachers’ classes and from talking to local teachers about their classes.

Besides the teaching duties, the week was full of interesting social programmes (opening and closing ceremony, visiting the city hall for a reception, city tour, gala dinner...etc.) and wonderful experiences as well (seeing the northern light, walking on the icy Baltic sea and making friends with teachers all around Europe).

I can only recommend going on an exchange week like this to everyone. The organizers and generally Finnish people are really professional and extremely kind, so if someone is not scared away by the weather (it was cold, but sunny all day long – until 10pm), this is a great international week which is really worth visiting.

Balázs Szigeti

I taught Business Presentation Skills in the beautiful city of Aalesund, Norway at NTNU. I had my classes in the mornings, when we went through the steps of building up an effective presentation, students were working in groups and finally they presented their short product at the end of the workshop, many of them with excellent solutions. The classes were usually followed by individual consultations regarding their presentations for the exams. After the hours spent at the university, I could explore the art nouveau treasures of the centre or just cycle around Aalesund, also known as the Capital of the Fjords. The university also took me to a short excursion to the nearest mountain, where we could still walk in snow at the end of April.

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