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My choice

The good reputation of IB was one of the intriguing aspects that made me apply for the programme. Obviously, the high GPA requirements also gave me the idea that you would get the chance to study with other ambitious students in a challenging and exciting environment.

Not knowing exactly which career path to pursue, I thought the IB programme, with its broad business perspective, opens up many opportunities both academically and professionally during and after your bachelor. Furthermore, the programme is a good starting point, when it comes to choosing your master programme later on.

My programme

One of the best things about IB is that you study together with a very diverse bunch of people, who have done all sorts of things and accomplishments prior or during the programme. This is a great source of motivation for bringing your own ideas and dreams to life.

Another great thing about IB is the social environment. Yes, people study hard in order to do well, but that does not mean people are not social, quite the opposite. Even from the very beginning of the programme, during the intro weeks, many social activities are taking place. And I can hardly imagine a better and more fun intro period than that of IB – you would definitely not miss out on this! But also after the intro period the social activities continues, and you can be sure to always find a handful of fellow students at Nexus on Thursdays.

Competition is also one of the recurring characteristics of IB. Competition is good, but only to a certain extent, and IB is indeed a competitive environment to navigate in. Nonetheless, you should use the positive aspects of this to challenge yourself further, and remember, in the end you are only competing against yourself.

Overall the academic level is good, but it can and will vary from course to course. This can be quite frustrating at times, but try getting the best out of the less strong lectures anyway. Furthermore, the programme is structured in quarters, which has its pros and cons. The good thing is that you only have to study two courses at the time, although these seven weeks are very intense, why it is important to try your best at staying up to date with the course material.

In addition, I know that many, including myself, have been rather disappointed about the few math/economics courses the programme has. However, remember that you have four electives in the fifth semester, where you can make up for it, and of course a potential master later on for further specialisation.

All in all, I would recommend you to focus on yourself, your drive, your motivation, your goals, your ambitions, and you will do well on the programme. Overall, I had a great experience in my three years on the IB programme, and will recommend it to anyone.

The best of luck!

My advice

1
Set goals, plan ahead, and be ambitious! Don’t let yourself stress by other’s ambitions, but set out to achieve your own goals.

2
Be socially active. Expand your network, contribute to it and don’t be afraid to use it. The easiest access to information, knowledge, even job offers, is surprisingly often through your network. Cherish it!

3
You’ve heard it before, but remember to have fun! Remember to do other things besides studying that you care about, such as being active, going out, joining student organisations and/or being with your friends and family. Do something that makes you happy and gives your renewed energy.