During your stay
After you arrive at the host university, you might find that the courses you had planned to take are not available to you - there could be a clash in your schedule, or the course may no longer be offered. Many students make changes to their timetable after they arrive. It is very important to make sure you get approval for any new courses from your School, as any courses that have not been approved will not be transferred. Before you leave, your exchange coordinator will tell you how to get courses approved.
Many students will be asked by the host university to participate in promotional activities for study abroad. You might have to give a presentation about Tilburg University or participate in an information market. If you’re interested in doing promotional activities and you need promotion materials, please contact your exchange coordinator. We'll be more than happy to provide you with materials!
Signing of documents by host university
All students going on exchange within Europe will need to have documents signed by the host university before returning to Tilburg. These documents will be sent to you before your departure, and you will need to bring them to your exchange destination, where you will need to have them signed by the host university coordinator. You then need to bring the signed documents back to Tilburg and hand them in to your exchange coordinator here.
Culture shock occurs when you have trouble in getting used to an unfamiliar environment. Things may not work as you expect, or solutions that work at home may not work in your new home. You might become frustrated by the new culture and may start thinking that everything is better at home. When you find yourself in this situation, you are experiencing culture shock. Most students who go on exchange will go through this at some point. The most important thing to remember is that it’s a phase you will have to go through and that it will be temporary. Recognizing it as culture shock is the first step, after which there are several things you can do to deal with it:
- Talk to people from the host culture and find out how people think; this will help you understand why things are done the way they are done
- Talk to people from your own culture and share your experiences
- Find ways to relieve stress, for example do some sports, talk to your family and friends at home, listen to music, etc.
- Stay active! Don’t lock yourself up in your room, but get out there and meet people
- Keep a journal to vent your frustrations. When you look back on your early entries after your exchange you will be able to see how much you have learned since then!