Welcom by to Inholland university of Alkmaar, university of applied sciences. The school is not a real university, it is an university of applied sciences, that focuses on the professionalism and the integration of its student in the professional environment.
In here, there are not much lessons, and the university welcomes 10 Erasmus students from different countries: Finland, Spain, Latvia, and France. The Erasmus are split and integrated in different project groups, in order to work together during the two periods that compounds the semester, but also during the preliminar T-Challenge period, the first week of classes during which a company role play game is used to guide and familiarise student with a production company, it is a more elaborated Kaleidoscope, played by business students in all Inholland University of Applied Sciences of Holland. The first period after that was supply chain management. The Scm period was about the procurement, purchasing, and organization of the supply chain management on an industrial company, and the second one is called “Export”, and is a little more about marketing.
There are 4 different classes, in which the 10 Erasmus students are spited, so there are quite a lot of Dutch people, but we don’t really get to see them, because there is no Erasmus association like the IBP club, or any other kind of school association, and much of them live in a small village, not in Alkmaar, and take the train to go back home or go to work as soon as classes are over.
Concerning the cultural differences in the classroom, there is one funny fact that can be really difficult to adapt for French people: there is no lunch break, Dutch lunch is compounded with two or three little sandwiches (with which they sometimes take some freedom concerning the recipe, be careful about the surprises!) that they eat in class, without taking any break. But on the mean time, all the shops close at 6pm because all Dutch families gather at this time of day to share dinner together, so starting at 6, streets are empty; it’s another culture I tell you!