Enschede is the municipality and city in the eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel, in the Twente region. Enschede borders Germany, being only a few kilometres away from the country.
International students who come to pursue their studies in Enschede will discover that here, the higher education system places the students’ needs on top of everything. University programmes are innovative, focus on the demands the society has today and always integrate technological and social research. The large multicultural academic environment covers students coming from countries like: Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Sudan, Taiwan, Uganda, Vietnam.
Enschede is a city with a stable and growing economy. The main industries of the city are: education, high technology, services, manufacturing (beer, tyres, electronics).
Some of the biggest companies in Enschede are: Grolsch, Apollo Vredestein, Ziggo, Xerox, Primark, LM Wind Power, Sigmax, Deloitte, Capgemini, Adecco, Radobank.
Any international student can partake internship opportunities in local companies and often times, local universities will guide them in choosing a suitable option that is also related to their field of study.
The largest city in Twente region and also a university city, most of the local attractions in Enschede are specially designed to satisfy young people’s tastes. You can visit modern museums, check out an amusement park and relax in an abundance of pubs and bars.
Major attractions in Enschede are:
Take a promenade or go cycling around Volkspark, and check out the Planet Parc amusement park.
If you’re curious about a Dutch play or music performance, you can always go to Wilminktheater, Enschede's main theatre and concert hall.
In the evenings, you have a plethora of cool pubs, bars and clubs that you can check out. Whoever is a sports fan can support the local football team and attend and watch the annual marathon and ice hockey and speed skating sport events.
Since you are very close to the German border, you can always make a trip to the neighbouring country; for example, you can get to Münster in less than an hour and you are also around two hours away from Amsterdam and Eindhoven by train.
Apart from the significant number of international students, Enschede is home to a few minorities, mainly Turks, Moroccans, Germans and Iraqis.
Ensched also covers for a pretty large international business environment, as numerous businesses have relocated their operations here, due to the people’s high command of English, among other local advantages. Most multinational companies with local offices and international entrepreneurs come from Italy, Germany, India.
In Enschede, winters tend to be less mild compared to other cities in the Netherlands. However, only occasional light snows occur in the cold season and the high temperatures during the day range around 3 – 4 °C (38 – 40 °F). In the summer, the average high temperatures are around 22 °C (72 °F), with July and August as the hottest months. Although Enschede is one of the driest places in the Netherlands, precipitation is evenly spread out over the year.
The main accommodation choices in Enschede are:
1. Campus accommodation – around 430 EUR/month.
2. Rent apartment – a one-bedroom apartment is around 400 EUR/month.
3. Hostel – rates start at 35 EUR/night with breakfast included.
Enschede is not an expensive city to live in, but your monthly budget highly depends on your lifestyle. Overall, you would need a minimum between 650 and 750 EUR/month to pay for all expenses: accommodation, food bills, social activities and public transportation.
Food bills from the local supermarkets would lead to about 140 EUR/month. As a student, you would pay 20 EUR/month for public transportation. Use the ISIC card any time you can and you will benefit from substantial discounts in several places, like restaurants, stores, museums and libraries.
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