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How international is the average UM student

Student stories 6 December 2005, 00:27

Why does everything have to be in English these days?" "International? Me? I am just about ready to start living by myself," Anemone van Zijl (21) laughs. Last June she completed her Bachelors in Arts and Culture, with honours. Since September, she has been doing a two-year research Masters (CAST) at the same faculty.

Why does everything have to be in English these days?"

"International? Me? I am just about ready to start living by myself," Anemone van Zijl (21) laughs.

Last June she completed her Bachelors in Arts and Culture, with honours. Since September, she has been doing a two-year research Masters (CAST) at the same faculty.

Anemone finds herself one of the least internationally orientated students in Maastricht. Where other students regard the whole world as their back garden, five days in Berlin last summer was quite an undertaking for Anemone. "Travelling is not something I was brought up with. Berlin was my first real holiday. My parents also went on a trip this year for the first time in thirty years, to Zutphen."

It is no problem whatsoever for Anemone. She would like to put it even more strongly and wonders why "everyone these days needs to be so internationally minded? As if the grass on the other side of the hill is always greener. I think it is a pity that the UM is so proud of being an international university; that is not necessary for me at all. And why does everything have to be in English?

At this rate, our language will no longer exist in two hundred years' time," she fears. "That would be a shame, wouldn't it? When I went to study in Utrecht (for a brief spell, Anemone studied Dutch at Utrecht University, ed.), I chose that study because I would have to speak, write and read as little English as possible."

Still Anemone has had to succumb to the UM's international character, because the Masters she is doing is entirely in English. "I had a lot of trouble with that. It is not that I don't have a good command of the language, but I am a perfectionist and I want to be able to express myself well. Before the Masters started, I took an extra language course, but it was during the study that I really started to learn it."

Better late than never, because in the second year of their research Masters, the students have to go abroad for six month. Anemone has prepared herself for this "otherwise I would not have chosen this programme." Her destination? " Probably more likely to be somewhere like England than spending six months in Africa. There at least the culture is more or less the same as in the Netherlands."

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