Insights from an IBA student - Lea Pollert

Insights from an IBA student - Lea Pollert

“The best thing about the IBA programme is the international environment in which you will be studying”

Lea Pollert, BSc International Business Administration participant


Age: 21
Home city and country: Neuss, Germany
Previous studies: BA Politics 


Why did you decide to do the IBA programme at RSM?

A friend invited me to come and stay with her in Rotterdam a year before I started at RSM. At the time, she was studying International Business Communication. Knowing my interests, she introduced me to several students of the International Business Administration programme. Their positive experiences with both the city and the course convinced me to apply for IBA. I had also developed my own positive impressions about the course’s content and the truly international student population. 


What do you like the most about the IBA programme and what are your favourite courses so far?

The best thing about the IBA programme is the international environment in which you study. Meeting people from different cultural backgrounds was always among my priorities when choosing which programme I wanted to do and studying IBA at RSM definitely offers me to do so. Given my interest in journalism, I really enjoyed the academic writing course as we did not only learn how to write a research paper which meets academic standards but were also granted a significant amount of freedom in the choice of topic and the writing style.  


What are your fellow students like?

The different personalities are as wide-ranging as the nationalities in IBA. I can best describe my fellow students as hard-working and determined. You are also likely to meet rather relaxed students. However, I think all of the students have one thing in common: a variety of interests, aside from business.


What is a normal day like at RSM?

A perfect start of the day is guaranteed with a Starbucks coffee which is often followed by a visit to the T-building for printing lecture slides. When I’m fully equipped, I make my way to the lecture room and enjoy listening to the professor. 


What are the biggest differences between the Netherlands and your home country?

I would say the biggest difference is the food. I sometimes have a hard time finding something close to what we call bread in Germany, given that Dutch consumers seem to prefer their bread rather soft.


How are you experiencing life in Rotterdam?

During the first year of my bachelor, I lived in the Erasmus International House, an accommodation offered by Vestia Rotterdam. There, I got the opportunity to meet regular and exchange students from a variety of courses. I think living there is a great and easy way to make new friends when starting your bachelor.

I recently moved into a shared apartment which is a five-minute bicycle ride to the university. I pay €470 rent, all-inclusive. For fun, I run or go to the gym with my friends or visit one of the various exhibitions in Rotterdam.


What advice would you give to future IBA students?

Be prepared to spend a bunch of weeks on getting used to the different food. About your academic life: Buy a pocket calendar and get organised.


What would you like to do after the IBA programme and what are your long-term plans?

I would like to travel to another continent. In the future, I see myself working in a business or institution operating at the intersection between economics and politics.