‘It can be hard for international students coming to Enschede from outside the EU. Having this group has helped me find friends and feel at home,’ says Kirill Svavolia (20) from Russia, one of the founders of Eurasian Student Organization (ESO). Together with his fellow ESO board member Valeriya Savelyeva (20) from Kazakhstan, the UT students explain why they started this association for Russian speaking students.
Sustain is a newly founded student association aiming to bring together all the sustainability initiatives happening at the UT. Besides raising awareness and organizing its own events, it wants to advise on various activities on how to create a more sustainable university – through often small, simple changes.
You may see them one morning when biking to campus: paper stars or other small banners attached to the lanterns along the bike lane, or even large banners bearing strange words and sentences like ‘STER’ or ‘De turquoisering is begonnen’. Where do these things come from and what do they mean?
How often do you interact with Dutch students? Why don’t more internationals become members of student associations? Do you feel left out because you don’t speak Dutch? Those were some of the questions asked at today’s lunch discussion, organized by the Student Internationalization Platform and aimed at international students.