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Cicilia Putri, Indonesia

Master in Applied Linguistics

Why Groningen?

The bustling student city on the tip of NL!

Visit Groningen if you want to experience the bustling city comprising of approximately 230.000 people on the tip of the Netherlands. With the fact that 25% of the population are students, the city has the highest student population density, hence the name student city. What good would it be? The student life lends its energy to the bars, cafes, and clubs; serving endless nightlife in the city. Not to mention with the existence of two of the most famous Dutch Universities: University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen houses international students coming from the neighbouring or far away countries (such as Indonesia!). Hence, a more vibrant cultural scene and international atmosphere in all parts of the city. Historic buildings and towers converge to the beauty of the city in almost every corner. The popular Martini Tower? Check! The most beautiful central station and supermarket in the whole Netherlands? Check! Want to visit all those places without paying for transportation? Check, because we have got bikes! Despite the fact that it is a very convenient city for cyclists, Groningen has a well-built transportation system. So, reaching here and there will not be a problem to anyone. And last, but not least, you will never truly know how to pronounce the name of the city correctly unless you come here yourself! So, come to Groningen if you want all of the above.

Why the University of Groningen?

Top 100 World University, International, and Well-Integrated

According to the Times Higher Education, the University of Groningen has consistently ranked among the Top 100 World Universities since 2016. Founded in 1614, the university has long-established research, education, and innovation. With more than a hundred meritorious, English delivered programs, students will receive high quality education and a variety of courses to choose from. Students will also be taught by professors and renowned experts according to the field. Not to mention, the international atmosphere the university offers as more than 20% of the student population comes from more than 120 countries across the globe. This will definitely be a good place to start expanding your network for future cooperation. Other than the high-quality education, the university is equipped with outstanding facilities, ranging from the simplest thing which is a strong connection internet covering all of the university areas, the library, until professional laboratories. All of students’ activities are also well-integrated through the digital learning environment called Blackboard (Nestor) which can support education via the internet, serve as a means of communication, and a source of information. So, what are you waiting for? You should come to Groningen after all!


I was born in the tropical city of Surabaya, Indonesia, in 1993. After completing my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature in Indonesia, I worked at an International Office of an Indonesian university which made me realize that I was keen on expanding my international network. Equipped with some experiences on doing some exchange programs with the American Field Service and Temasek Foundation in my previous years, I tried to apply for a scholarship for a study abroad (again!). I was then granted a full scholarship from the Indonesian Government (LPDP Program: to pursue my Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen in 2019. Wishing to graduate in 2020, I will go back to Indonesia and try to fulfil my ultimate goal to be a lecturer in a higher educational institution. Got questions on how to apply for LPDP scholarship or anything related to my major and the university? How to find a housing and experience a Groninger student life? Send me a message and I will be happy to help!

Cicilia Putri
Cicilia Putri
Last modified:01 July 2020 4.14 p.m.