Chris Blount-Powell

Chris Blount-Powell

Univeristy: Rotterdam Business School - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Course: International Business and Management Studies

Year: 2nd

Choosing to come to Rotterdam Business School was one of the wisest decisions I have ever made. Not only have I found the right school for me, but I also have found the right city to enjoy my studies in. The city is vibrant and there is plenty to do each and everyday.  The University itself offers a great range of studies from Trade Management in Asia to International Business with Languages. I found that studying International Business & Management was right for me and my future. Studying a huge range of aspects within International Business will provide me with a firm foot into future careers.  One major reason for choosing the Netherlands was the low tuition fees, which I feel relieves a little bit of stress once you graduate and you haven’t accumulated thousand of pounds of debt.

Since being in the Rotterdam, I have made many new friends from around the world, not only in the form of students but also lecturers and more related to me the International Team who have helped me through every step of my journey. Life in Holland is great.  I am being challenged every day and feel at home as an international student, integrating into a new culture was easy and the possibility of learning new languages is something that I have always wanted to do, even though everyone in the Netherlands speaks perfect English, I see it as courteous to learn some Dutch.

During my course, International Business & Management studies at Rotterdam Business School it is a requirement for me to do six months within a company anywhere in the world, not that I needed an excuse to go and explore a new culture during my time at University. For my internship, I decided to go and spend half a year in Barcelona working for a consultancy firm operating out of Spain, Bangkok, Moscow and Miami. This of course brought with it an influx of learning about the industry as well as how other cultures interact in the actual business world.

What my internship allows me to do is realise whether my chosen study is actually for me as well as picking up valuable experience along the way before graduating and being set free in to the big world.

I am having a great time abroad so far and look forward to going back to Rotterdam to share my experiences, as per my university course, I must then decide if I would like to spend another six months away in the fourth year with a partner university of ours. I’m 99% sure I already know I need to start saving up for a plane ticket.