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An incredible experience has come to an end! I remember applying to study in England at the end of High School and I was so anxious, scared and excited at the same time. Many questions running through my head. Could I get in? Will I pass my exams? Where do I find money? Where will I live? What if I don’t like it? What, where, how was all that scared me.

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Kui idee Inglismaal õppimisest tundub ahvatlev, aga ei ole päris kindel, et millises ülikoolis õpinguid alustada, siis on ülikoolide külastamine just õige otsus. Üks viis on minna open days ürituse ajal ja osaleda ülikooli poolt korraldatud päeval, kuid ülikooli külastust saab ka eraldiseisvalt korraldada.

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Hi! My name is Madli and I’m currently studying in England in University of Bedfordshire where I’m doing my master’s degree on International Social Work and Social Development. I had wanted to study abroad already for a long time, but due to financial difficulties I wasn’t able to do that during my bachelor studies. When it was time to choose a masters course, I didn’t have to think for long whether to do it abroad or not. During my social work bachelor studies in University of Tartu I became increasingly interested in the international side of social work (e.g. work with migrants, refugees, trafficking victims) and since there weren’t any opportunities to study international social work in Estonia I started to look for programmes outside of the country. In the end I found a few courses on the subject around Europe and chose the one in the University of Bedfordshire.

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Tervist! Mina olen Madli ja õpin hetkel Inglismaal Bedfordshire’i ülikoolis rahvusvahelise sotsiaaltöö ja sotsiaalarengu erialal magistriõppes. Mul oli juba ammu soov välismaale õppima tulla, kuid kuna bakalaureuseõppes polnud see veel majanduslikult võimalik, siis tundus pärast bakalaureuseõppe lõppu Inglismaale üheks aastaks magistrisse õppima tulla üsna sobilik ja rahakotile samuti sõbralikum. Lisaks hakkasin sotsiaaltööõpingute käigus Tartu ülikoolis huvituma rohkem sotsiaaltöö rahvusvahelisemast poolest (nt töö migrantide, põgenike, inimkaubandusohvritega) ja kuna Eesti magistriprogrammides sellele osale nii palju ei keskendutud, siis hakkasingi otsima võimalusi väljaspool Eestit. Lõpuks leidsin Euroopas käputäie ülikoole, mis sellise suunitlusega programmi pakuvad ning üks neist oligi Londoni külje all asuv Bedfordshire’i ülikool.

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Olen on Kristiina Sau ja ma õpin hetkel NHL Stendeni rakenduslikus kõrgkoolis hotellindust. Oma kolmanda õppeaasta alguses otsustasin minna Hiinasse kaheks ja pooleks kuuks õppima, et omandada baasoskused äritegemise vallas ning tutvuda uue kultuuriga.

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My name is Kristiina Sau and I am currently a third year Hospitality student at NHL Stenden in the Netherlands. At the beginning of my third school year I attended the pilot minor “Doing Business in China”. I chose to do one minor abroad and then return to the Netherlands for a Rooms Division minor. After returning I was eager to share my experiences because it was truly a unique experience.

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Minu nimi on Kristiina Sau ja ma õpin hetkel NHL Stendeni rakenduslikus kõrgkoolis Hollandis (NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences). Ma lõpetasin Paide Gümnaasiumi aastal 2014 ja siis läksin edasi õppima rätsep stilistiks Tallinna Tööstusharidskeskus. See haridus meeldis mulle kuna see sobis minu loova olemusega, aga minus oli veel palju teisi külgi mida ma ei olnud arendanud. Seoses sellega läksin Tallinnas välismaal õppimise üritusele, kus osalesid ülikoolid üle maailma. Kõige rohkem äratas minu Hollandis olev Hague rakenduslik hotelli kõrgkool. Kuna mulle on alati meeldinud keelte õppimine, reisimine ja teiste kultuuride tundma õppimine tundus hotellindus minu jaoks ideaalne. Komistuskiviks just selle kooli valimisel sai nende keerukas sisseastumisprotsess, nii et hakkasin uurima teisi ülikoole mis oleksid rohkem välisõpilase sõbralikud. Pärast mõningate Hollandi sõpradega konsulteerimist sain teada, et NHL Stendeni rakenduslik kõrgkool, tol ajal tuntud kui Stenden, pakub samuti väga hea reputatsiooniga hotellinduse haridust.

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My name Kristiina Sau and I am currently studying hospitality in NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. I graduated Gymnasium in Paide in 2014 and then headed to study tailoring at the Tallinn Industrial Centre (Tallinna Tööstushardiduskeskus). However I always knew I wanted to go university at one point. I enjoyed my two years in Tallinn but I was ambitious for more so I attended an event with many foreign universities. The hotelschool in the Hague caught my eye as I found that I had many traits suitable for hospitality. I wanted to study something that inolved learned new languages, getting to know new cultures, travelling as well as obtain a practical bachelor’s degree.

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Hi! My name is Elis and about two years ago I thought it was a brilliant idea to apply to studying in Denmark. After submitting in a bunch of papers, doing skype interviews, getting into my top choice school I realised I am actually moving to Aarhus, Denmark.

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I think the main driver for me always wanting to move to England was my school (Tallinn English College) where the teachers for some reason always encouraged studying abroad and “spreading your wings”. And so I did in 2014. I attended the University of Portsmouth where I studied Criminology and Forensic Studies. I was totally out of my comfort zone – I did not have my mum to cook me dinner, wash my clothes, clean the house etc. But weirdly, I really enjoyed it. Read More

I was living abroad for the first time in 2006, when I went to the US as a 16-year-old exchange student to live with a local family. That’s where I caught the ‘travel bug’. Once I was back and finished high school in Estonia in 2009, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study and where. I decided to go to Australia and to be an au-pair. While I was in Australia, I started talking to someone who was studying marketing in Aarhus, Denmark. What really intrigued was the ‘hands-on’ study combining theory and practice – it was mandatory to have an internship in a company during your studies. Then, I heard about Dream Foundation in Estonia, an organisation who has many partner universities in Europe and further. I got some more tips from them and applied.

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Hola! I’m Brigitte. I’m from that small village-almost-turning-town in Estonia but now I’m living in San Jose, the unofficial capital of Silicon Valley. Here’s the rollercoaster of a story of how I got here. Now, sidenote before I start: I’m not one of those overly positive people who’ll tell you to “keep dreaming, believe in yourself and then the universe will align itself to make your dreams come true.” No. Pushing yourself against the natural flow of things is rough, and I’ve managed to get incredibly lucky. However, it is really important to keep your head up, grind your teeth and push through of whatever you set your mind to. For me, that was moving “as far away from my home village as possible.” Read More