‘This is the best opportunity to gain more international experience. I like the Dutch view of landscape architecture,’ says Francesco Garofalo from Italy. He followed the first semester of the major in Landscape Architecture at Van Hall Larenstein in Velp, and will prolong his stay in the Netherlands to do an internship, and he’s not the only one.
Katerina Tlachova thinks that Holland is the best country for landscape architecture. ‘In the Czech Republic the garden aspect of landscape architecture is more accentuated. I’ve learned a lot here, also about the way of working,’ says Tlachova. ‘And I learned a lot from the other students during group work. A Dutch student cannot work without drawing a conclusion first. That was new for me, but I will work like this in the future.’
Tlachova was not allowed to use the computer for the first two years of school at home. ‘We learned how to make the drawings ourselves. Now I have learned to use three different computer programs for drawing and designing. But Dutch students really don’t know how to draw, and you should know how to do that too.’
Tlachova will start her internship next week at an office of landscape architects in Den Bosch. She hopes it will offer her a chance to learn something about the different aspects of landscape architecture. ‘In the Czech Republic there is not so much on this field.’ When she returns home, she will have another two years to go before finishing her master.
It looks like prolonging the first semester is becoming a trend in the Landscape Architecture major. Last year two international students stayed to on for an internship in the Netherlands. This year, five out of twelve international students are staying.