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What do VU students tell about study in Amsterdam

Student stories 26 July 2012, 09:54

VU University Amsterdam is known for internationally oriented education and offers more than 100 Master programmes taught in English. This appeals to many students who make the decision to travel to Holland for their studies. They share their experiences about studying and living in Amsterdam.

tudy in Amsterdam. Masters at VU AmsterdamVU University Amsterdam is known for internationally oriented education and offers more than 100 Master programmes taught in English. This appeals to many students who make the decision to travel to Holland for their studies. Here are short testimonials of three students currently following Master programmes  in Amsterdam. They share their experiences about studying and living in Amsterdam.

Story of Fiorentina Pouli from Cyprus

Fiorentina Pouli from Cyprus, a student of the Social and Cultural Anthropology programme, tells about her studies at VU Amsterdam. Fiorentina says that she had always planned to study in Europe. That’s why she first started her studies in Greece. She then moved to the Netherlands and has been living here for two years.

She notices that Dutch people are more structured and organized than the Greeks. For instance, the Dutch always use an agenda in order to plan appointments, and they always have their agenda on hand. According to Fiorentina, the Dutch are open to other cultures and think globally.

She says that she does not feel like a tourist in this multinational environment. Quite the opposite, she feels that she is slowly starting to feel like she belongs in the society. She has even found a job in a restaurant in the city centre. In her free time, she often meets her fellow students to go out and have a drink or get something to eat. She loves her studies and enjoys the daily city life. Her favorite place in Amsterdam is “De Pijp”—a friendly and quiet district with many cozy cafés and second-hand shops.

Story of Hoang Vu Nguyen from Vietnam

The second story is from a student from Vietnam, Hoang Vu Nguyen. He came to Amsterdam for three months in order to carry out a research project in urbanization because it was not possible for him to do this in his home country. He notices the difference between the study process in Vietnam and in Holland. For instance, it is possible to debate with teachers, papers are submitted weekly, and the students get weekly feedback on their work.

Hoang Vu is busy with his studies, but also finds time to walk around and learn about life in the Netherlands. In his opinion, Dutch people are very friendly and used to following rules. He loves the respect the Dutch give each other. Hoang Vu likes shopping and having his dinner at nearby restaurants. Herring is his favourite snack.

Story of Gabriela Fortfota from Romania

Gabriela followed a Bachelor programme in Italy, participating in an exchange programme. During her studies she learnt about VU Amsterdam and was fascinated by the stories she had heard. She visited Amsterdam and fell in love with the city and finally enrolled in a Master programme in Finance. Gabriela learned to cycle when she came to Amsterdam. She bought a second hand bicycle in a shop near the university and now she now is very comfortable cycling around the city. Gabriela has made friends with other students, and after class they all run to the Bruin Café on the premises.

The café is also a place where she frequently meets with her tutors. According to Gabriela, the tutors at VU are friendly and accessible. She loves the method of getting regular feedback. In comparison with Romania, in Holland it is quite normal to use the same canteen as the lecturers use. Gabriela likes culture and often goes to the theatres and concerts by taking advantage of ticket discounts for students. More information about VU Amsterdam see on its university page.

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