Insight from an IBA student - Lydia Muir

Insight from an IBA student - Lydia Muir

“IBA IS NOT JUST ABOUT STUDYING FROM BOOKS. IT’S ALSO ABOUT LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER AND THAT IS MY FAVOURITE PART”

 

LYDIA MUIR, CURRENT BScIBA STUDENT

Home country: UK and Taiwan
Previous study: International Baccalaureate

The BScIBA programme: The students, the professors, the courses and the city are all culturally diverse, allowing us to learn so much about the surrounding environment. The programme has opened up my mind to new perspectives, ideas and skills. The entire process is a great experience, not only because of the quality of the courses but there is so much to absorb from the people around you. IBA is not just about studying from books but it’s also about learning from each other and that is my favourite part.

At the end of the first year, when I realised I had passed, was a very memorable moment. I celebrated together with all my IBA friends who had passed too. It felt like a great achievement and I was able to look back on a great year full of memories and new experiences.

Curriculum: I really enjoyed Organisational Behaviour because I really like the psychology side to business. Also, the professors were engaging and brought many real-life examples and research studies that made the lectures more interesting and enriching.

Working on the Strategic Business Plan in the first year of the programme was very interesting because it is a practical course. Together, in teams of four, we had to write a full business plan for an real company. It was great to see how theory can be put into practice.

It would be nicer to have some flexibility in the programme, to explore courses or directions that interest you more, for example, the ability to take electives alongside the normal studies.

Accommodation: I live in Kralingen with two other IBA students. We live in an apartment sharing a bathroom, kitchen and living room. It is not extremely large but the location is very nice (in between the university and the city centre). On average I pay € 450 per month, including utilities and internet. 

Future: I am very interested in event management and marketing and I hope to be working in these areas of business for a large international company, travelling the world in order to experience more.

Do you have any advice for future BScIBA students? Make the most out of your three years here. Try out new things and join in with study and student associations. Put the theory into practical use to gain more experience and understanding of what you are doing. Don’t be afraid to jump into things and make mistakes; it’s all part of the learning process.