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Student Nick Rurangwa Nshimiyen

"The best part about this program is the fact that it has so many international students, this allows for interesting discussions inside and outside the classroom."


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  • Nationality: Belgian/Rwandese
  • Bachelor's program: Global Law
  • Started in: 2016
  • Extracurricular activities: Model United Nations and Magister JFT are the two study associations that take up most of my time.
  • High school diploma: Diploma ASO Economie Moderne Talen
  • Languages: English, Dutch and French

Did you always know what you wanted to do?

I have always been interested in studying law ever since I was 12 years old. Studying law in Belgium did not appeal to me since I would be restricted to studying just Belgian Law. I’ve always wanted to expand my boundaries and go study abroad to discover new parts of the world, this program allows me to do that.

Why did you choose to study abroad, and how did you decide to study in the Netherlands?

Studying abroad was something that I always wanted to do. Having the experience of studying in a different environment just appealed to me. My parents wanted me to wait a couple of years before going abroad, luckily Tilburg is not far from home and it does not really feel as if I were abroad. As a matter of fact I can go home easily by bus from Tilburg Central Station. However it was not the country that appealed to me, but the program. The fact that I’m still close to home just made it easier.

How did you reach the decision to study Global Law?

I wanted to study law, the only problem was that studying in Belgium would limit me to Belgian law and there were no English taught bachelor programs in law. I continued my search outside of Belgium and this is how I stumbled upon Global Law. A bachelor’s degree in Global Law will allow me to work in different countries which I am really looking forward to.

What is it like to study completely in English, together with international students? Was the transition from high school difficult?

To be honest I already got used to studying in English during the first week. I knew it would be different to study completely in English, but I prepared myself mentally for the transition so perhaps that’s why I barely noticed the change. The most difficult part is to remain concentrated during lectures while taking notes. By concentrating I mean listening, taking notes and understanding it at the same time. When you get stuck with something it may be difficult to follow since everything goes so fast and the lecturer will probably already have moved on to another topic. Luckily the professors are always kind enough to answer any questions you have during the break or after the lecture.

What is your favorite subject?

Introduction to International and European law is definitely my favorite course. I find the course to be very interesting. Due to the fact that we have to hand in an assignment prior to each class, you learn so much by yourself. The professors make it interactive and you feel like you understand the subject a little bit more because of it.

Would you recommend studying abroad to a student who might never have thought about it before?

I would definitely recommend studying abroad if you are willing to broaden your horizon. Studying abroad is an easy way to enrich your knowledge on other cultures and to make a lot of new friends.

Do your studies take a lot of time? Do you have any time for activities besides your studies?

For me, the study does take a lot of my time, however I do not mind this since that way you are always learning new things. The program helps you to be prepared for the exams that way. Studying will go easier since you have already put effort in the courses before.

Do you have any advice for prospective students considering this program, or studying at Tilburg University?

I advise every prospective student to rest well before they start this program. Choose this program if you are eager to learn more about law in the international community and if you have the discipline to study regularly. The program is very interesting and the fact that you are in a multicultural environment at the university, every day is a new challenge in its own way.

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