Newcastle University Business School

Insa

Student Profile - Insa

Biography

Before starting this double degree programme, I studied Economics and Sociology at the University of Münster, Germany. During my undergraduate degree I did an internship in the International Customer Insights and Innovation Department at TUI AG. There, my international aspirations were confirmed and I discovered my passion for marketing topics. Thus, I decided to apply for the double degree.

Choosing this Dual Award programme

I chose this unique study programme for several reasons. It gave me the chance to live in two European countries and study at excellent universities. Both cities are student cities which are very compact but culturally distinct and worth exploring. Both universities have great facilities - modern computer labs, lecture halls and seminar rooms, well-equipped libraries and extensive online resources - and offer a high-quality learning environment. 

My course

I enjoyed that the lecturers represented the international orientation of the programme as they came from the UK, Asia and Germany. Furthermore, they always included links to practice and business reality in their modules. Electives are a big advantage of the programme because every student gets the possibility to shape their study to their individual career aspiration.

Student experience

As a postgraduate student you have unlimited access to the Business School’s facilities. During term-time, the school offers a range of seminars and events. I attended one career event which included a mixture of presentations and interactive sessions. It has been interesting to gain insights into what recent Newcastle graduates are doing now and advice regarding how they got to where they are.

Settling in

Like many of my fellow Dutch students I arrived by ferry into Newcastle and moved into private accommodation in Sandyford that I had rented via an online platform prior to my arrival. I flat-shared with a UK student who was doing an internship in the North East and found it easy to settle in and get accustomed to the locals.

Living in Newcastle

As my hometown is also close to the sea, I enjoyed living close to the River Tyne as well as the North Sea. Walking along the Quayside, visiting the markets, taking trips to the Lake District and being close to Edinburgh were just a few of the advantages of living in a well-connected city like Newcastle. In addition, the city is famous for its nightlife.

Advice for new students

  1. Don’t miss out - experience the Newcastle nightlife, attend events, explore other cities and go watch a football match at NUFC.
  2. Take advantage of all the student discounts available.
  3. Prioritise your time in order to achieve your academic goals and enjoy your student life.

My postgraduate experience in three words

International, interesting and indispensable.