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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

My name is Katrin and I’ve just recently moved back to Estonia after having studied in the UK for 4 years. I started in 2014 from Portsmouth, where I studied International Relations and Languages. The reason I picked Portsmouth University was quite random, it wasn’t on my initial list, but one of my best friends decided to apply, so I thought why not. It later also came out that they would take me in based on my average grade, which meant that I didn’t have to worry about my exam results – the best news I could get at the time. I wanted to reduce the stress of the application process as much as possible, so my decision was made. Read More

Kas teadsid, et üheksa kümnest hollandlasest räägib inglise keelt? Seetõttu on Holland peale Inglismaad kõige paremini inglise keelt rääkiv riik Euroopas. Ka minule oli see üllatuseks, kui 2013. aastal Hollandisse läksin ja avastasin, et isegi vanemat generatsiooni võib vabalt inglise keeles kõnetada. Seega ei tohiks muret olla, et kusagil hollandi keele oskamatuse tõttu hätta jääksid!
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Mina olen Greete, 20-aastane tütarlaps pisikesest Eesti linnakesest nimega Haapsalu. Aastal 2017 (jah, juba on möödunud aasta), kui oli vaja kohustuslikus korras SUUREKS saada, hakata edasisele elule mõtlema ning mugavustsoonist eemalduda, otsustasin ette võtta midagi eriti julget. Otsisin välja ülikoolid Inglismaal, milles soovisin oma haridusteed jätkata. Kuna igasuguse inglise keele testi tegemine tundus minu jaoks liiga hirmutav, otsisin koole, mis oleksid valmis mind vastu võtma vaid meie riigieksamite alusel. Õnneks ei olnud sobiva kooli leidmine keeruline. Valituks osutus University of Worcester, mis asub minu kodust 2000+km kaugusel. See suur number oli alguses päris hirmutav, sest kogu oma senise elu pidi seljataha jätma ja 20kg kaaluva kohvriga uut alustama kohas, kus ei olnud ühtegi tuttavat, sõpra ega oma perekonda. Read More

My name is Annika and I am about to start my third year in University of Worcester as a Marketing student.  So I wanted to take a look back and reflect on my experience so far. I think majority of students would agree that first year was an adjustment. I had just had two cap years between graduating high school in Estonia and starting university in England. For those two cap years in my home country I got used to going to work every day. So in England when I learned that lectures were only for 12 hours per week I decided that it was a wonderful idea to start working full time as an assistant manager/barista in a local café. Read More

Kui ma alustasin keskkooli viimast klassi 2013. aastal, siis olin ma kindel, et jään Eestisse õppima ning valin mõne IT eriala. Tol hetkel tundus see mulle kindel karjääri valik. Ma ei mäleta enam täpselt, kuidas ma leidsin tee Dream Foundationisse, aga ilmselt esmane kohtumine toimus läbi külalisloengu Paide Gümnaasiumis. Ma olin teiste üliõpilaste kogemustest niivõrd vaimustunud ja mõtlesin, et võiks ju proovida! Aga kuna ma kohe ei leidnud sobivat eriala, mida sooviksin õppida, ning kui aus olla, ma ei tahtnud Eestist väga ära minna, hakkas esialgne entusiasm vaibuma. Kuid 2014. aasta jaanuaris kõik muutus, kui leidsin omale ideaalse eriala, mis ühendas minu jaoks mõlemad huvitavad erialad – muusika ja tehnoloogia. Read More

Minu nimi on Kaidi. Ma elan Kesk-Taani Mitdjyllandi piirkonnas, Herningi linnas ning õpin Aarhus Ülikooli Herningi ülikoolilinnakus Economics and Business Administration erialal.

Eelmisel kevadel kandideerisin viiele suhteliselt sarnasele erialale erinevates Taani ülikoolides. Valitud viiest erialast sain sisse oma teise eelistusse. Taani kandideerides on nii, et pead panema oma valitud erialad prioriteetsuse järjekorda ehk kui sain teise erialasse sisse, siis kolmandat, neljandat ja viiendat valikut mulle enam ei pakuta. Read More