Henry is 19 and from Germany. He studies a BSc in Global Business Informatics.
On why he chose ITU:
"I always had this unreasonable affection for Scandinavia, and I got to visit Copenhagen and Stockholm, and I just liked Copenhagen way better. And I thought if I study abroad, and I couldn't imagine staying in Germany, it had to be here in Copenhagen. I looked at universities here, and when I found ITU, I thought I only want to go here. I only applied to ITU, and I said if this doesn’t work this year I’m going to apply next year, and if that doesn’t work I’m going to apply the year after."
"I like that it’s a smaller school, its not one of those giant campuses with 25.000 student, like we have in Germany. Everything here is more personal, its has a certain atmosphere that I think is not possible to get in a larger university."
On living in Copenhagen:
"I really enjoy the city, its very unique, its aiming to be very alternative. I like how the city approaches things, the whole city is very international, its very green and open-minded, progressive and new."
“I probably couldn’t recommend ITU and Copenhagen more."
Elise is 29 and from Australia. She is studying a MSc in Games.
On why she chose ITU:
"I was living in Germany for the past five years, and I was making lots of public art and directing 3Ds, and I wanted to try something that was a little bit different. I have always loved games and I thought I would try and study games. I found ITU because I was looking to study somewhere else, and I didn’t find any other programmes in other countries that I thought would suit me as well as this one did."
"I was excited to study in such a beautiful building - that it is open and light and not dingy at all. And ITU is a really nice place to come and study and every day, and that is really important."
About the programme:
"We are two from the Design track paired up with two from the technology track, so we are a team of four. We are making a game about 4 dimensions, which was meant to a 2D game, so I’m really excited that we turned it into a 4D game. That is quite challenging and quite hard."
James is 21 and from New Hampshire in the US. He studies at Syracuse University but decided to come here and do a semester as an exchange student on the Global Business Informatics programme.
On living in student housing community:
"I've been here now for three months and it’s been great here. I live in a student housing community, and that worked out really well and a lot of the students goes to ITU, and we formed a pretty close community, and between there and ITU we spent a lot of time together."
On being in Copenhagen:
"It’s a really friendly place, its really clean, and I've never met anyone that wasn't glad to meet me. It’s was easy to adjust to, I think, especially when I come from the US and a lot people speak English which is good because my Danish is awful."
"I think you can't go wrog with Denmark, and if you are interested in information technologies I think the ITU is a great place to be."
Joleen is 23 years old and from the Netherlands. She chose to take a semester at ITU as an exchange student and study on the Games programme.
"I study at the University of Utrecht where I focus on play and games and on transmedia storytelling, and my teacher told me I needed to come here if I wanted to focus on it and get a better and more practical experience. And ITU is known as the best one in Europe in relation to Games."
How she experiences ITU:
"The ITU gave me the experience to actually make something myself instead of actually discussing what we see. I never see the process behind it, and now I’m actually being taught here, how to design a game myself, and it gives you a whole new perspective on the theory."
"The study environment invites you to play games - it isn’t weird to see small groups of student doing a game during their class, taught by the teacher. And not only games, but also small practices. You see student testing stuff that they are making. I'm not used to that, and I actually wish I had applied to this programme instead of my programme back home."
Raghav is 23 and from the US. He is studying a MSc in Games.
On why he chose to study at ITU:
"I heard about ITU when I was looking for at grad programmes and I knew a lot names that had come out of ITU in the game world. and they are really interesting people and really inspiring. It is a pretty well-known programme."
"I do a lot of game related stuff because I'm in the games programme. Recently I went to Vallekilde højskole where there was an event, a game jam. I was really nice to go somewhere remote and work on my stuff with a lot of other game developers from here and from abroad."
"I actively take time to go out and meet people from the city. In the summer there were a lot of festivals happening in Copenhagen, and I went to some art exhibits and some concerts that were just open for everyone."
Best thing about Copenhagen:
"My favourite thing is the weather - I enjoy so much having some variety in my days. Also it's nice that Copenhagen is small enough and that the public transportation is well enough, so I can get around so easily, I feel like I can go any where I want, and that is a really nice feeling."
Regö is from Hungary and studies a BSc in Global Business Informatics.
On why he chose the ITU and the GBI programme:
"ITU really got my attention with this program - especially the combination of business and informatics I really like."
"The teachers here are not so much teachers, they are more like guides that helps you find your way to learn, and I think that’s really special about the Danish system. It's different from Hungary. The traditional way of teaching in Hungary is that they gives lecture. They do not teach you how to think and express your opinions."
"GBI really gives a Bachelor’s degree where I can move in different directions, which I really like, I can go to the Digital Innovation Master’s and Game Design and to Software Development."
Fred is 21 and from the US. He studies a semester as an exchange student on BSc in Global Business Informatics.
On why he chose to the IT University:
"I wanted to go somewhere that’s a community, an atmosphere, an institution, where they actually teaches something that’s relevant."
On living in Copenhagen and studying on ITU:
“I really like how everything is really efficient here, like nothing goes to waste - even your trash system. I find that fascinating."
"I finally came out of a bubble coming here. It's giving me a wider, much broader perspective."
Branislav is 19 and from Slovakia. He is studying a BSc in Global Business Informatics here at ITU.
On why he chose the IT University:
"I find Denmark a really attractive country, and the programme sounded really good. After you finish this programme you can get a job almost anywhere."
The study environment:
“The teachers and the students are all really friendly. I know almost everyone from my program and we are good friends. In the intro week the tutors were very helpful and encouraging us to be more brave, to talk, not to be shy. It was really great. And the Friday bars and the Analog café are really great as well."
"Many people, mostly from abroad, are not familiar with the culture and the people, and on the 'intro trip/freshmen trip' I was given the chance to talk to everyone from all the courses here - it really help me socialise."
Jochen is 24 years old and from Munich in Germany. He is an exchange student doing a semester on the MSc in Digital Innovation & Management.
On why he chose ITU and how he experiences it:
“Because it a small university compared to my university - its better for us students. We have smaller group, smaller classes, we can better interact with the teacher and students. I think it’s/that’s a better learning experience.”
"At my university it’s very technical and a lot of programming. Here it’s a more qualitative approach, you talk about the topics and it’s more intense. Some of the stuff I also learned back home, but its more learning by heart and facts, here you really talk about the topics."
"Its really relaxed. The campus is new, its modern, there a lot of light, you have places where you can study, I miss that back home. You can get together as a team, and you will always find a place. It’s a very good environment to learn.”
Karlis is 26 and from Latvia. He studies a Msc Programme in Software Development here at ITU (the programme has since been renamed Computer Science). He is on the Advanced Computing track, and he has settled quite well in Copenhagen.
On choosing ITU:
"I opened ITUs hompage and I was really surprised - everything was really well-written about the projects and programmes. So much better than other places I had looked at."
The best thing about living here:
“I get bike really fast, the biking infrastructure is really good here. I come to school 5 km every day, I cant really see myself in my hometown doing that. The city is more colourful, the people are nicer and somehow it’s easier to get out. Everyday I'm going through the inner city and get to do a lot of sightseeing when I'm going to school, and that part is a really great."
Yonathan is 19 and from Israel. He is studiyng a BSc in Global Business Informatics.
On why he chose to study at the IT University and how he experiences it:
"I saw the GBI program and I was interested in not only programming but also to understand the market. In general I thought this is a good university - lots of innovators came out of this university."
"In Israel when we have group work we are only two, so its really different, and I'm not really used to it. But I think its really important, because in life you’ll will have to work in groups if your want to work with big projects.”
On what he wants to do after graduation:
“I want to learn as many skills as I can, because I don’t want to sit in an office my whole life, I want to make a change. I really hope I get these tools at ITU”.
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