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American Studies
Eline Santema
Eline Santema

About Eline
Hi! My name is Eline Santema, I am twenty years old and currently in my third and last year of the Bachelor American Studies. I was born and raised in the beautiful province of Friesland and commute to Groningen for my classes. I love to sing, go out to get coffee with friends and I am trying to write a romance novel in my free time. My favorite movie is - of course - Legally Blonde.

Why American Studies?
I chose American Studies because of its diverse and interdisciplinary program. I love the fact that you are not just studying history, politics, economics or sociology, but all of these at the same time! During high school, I always thought the United States was an interesting nation, but I never had a “special” interest in it. This completely changed when I started studying American Studies. The United States is such a diverse and fascinating country, in both positive and negative ways. It often shows more extreme forms of social problems we encounter here in Europe, which is why this study is more relevant to non-Americans than you might think. You also get to study Latin America and Canada, which is a great bonus!

Applied Mathematics
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Irene

About Irene
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My name is Irene, I’m from Spain and I moved to Groningen 3 years ago to pursue my bachelor in Applied Mathematics. As an international student, I understand the perks of moving to a new country and starting this new adventure. But it is all worth it after you realize you are studying what you love the most: Math! If you have any questions about the bachelor in (Applied) Mathematics or about living in Groningen as an international student, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you refer the email to me “Irene”, I will respond!"

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Jamara

About Jamara
"My name is Jamara, I’m a Dutch student in the second year of my General Mathematics bachelor. I’m 21 years old and currently live in Friesland.  If you have any questions about the bachelor or studying at the RUG in general, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you refer the email to me ''Jamara'', I will reply!"

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Oscar

About Oscar
"My name is Oscar, I'm 24 years old and live in Groningen. I am a second year Master student studying General Mathematics. Before starting my master's I did the bachelor of General Mathematics in Groningen, and also combined this with physics for a while. If you have any questions about studying Mathematics, combining Mathematics and Physics, or student life in Groningen, feel free to contact me. If you refer the email to "Oscar" I will reply."

Applied Physics
Sander Bouma
Sander Bouma

About Sander
Hi! I am Sander and I am a first year MSc Physics student. Before this, I did the BSc Physics. I have always been interested in how things work up to a fundamental level, and I love the mathematical puzzles that come along while answering these fundamental questions, hence I started specializing in Particle Physics! Are you interested in studying Physics? Or do you have any questions? I would love to help you, just send me an email

Rutger Haan
Rutger Haan

About Rutger
Hello, my name is Rutger and I just started the MSc Mechanical Engineering. Before this, I did the BSc Applied Physics. During my bachelor's I encountered a broad variety of topics, which let me to specialize in something I enjoy. After my master's degree, I am planning to work as a consultant. For any questions regarding the BSc Applied Physics, you can send me an email

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Lilly-Anne Kalderen

About Lilly-Anne
Hey, my name is Lilly-Anne and I am in my third year of the BSc Applied Physics. I chose this degree programme because I wanted to study something technical. The BSc Applied Physics is very broad, so I will have a lot of options for various master's degrees and job opportunities. For any questions feel free to send me an email!

 

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Charlotte Broekmeulen

About Charlotte
Hi! My name is Charlotte and I am in the third year of the BSc Applied Physics. After my studies, I would like to pursue a master's degree in engineer. However, because I am not quite sure yet what I would like to specialize in, I chose the BSc Applied Physics. In this programme we encounter a broad variety of topics, and thus I still have a lot of options for choosing a master's degree. If you are not sure whether Applied Physics is the bachelor degree for you, or if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email!

Art History
Marina Padrul
Marina Padrul

About Marina

Hi! I am Marina and by the time you read this, I have received my Bachelor’s diploma in Art History. I will continue my studies as a Master’s student of Art History, specializing in Curatorial Studies at the University of Groningen. As a Russian student abroad, who has a passion for art, culture and architecture, I have an open view of the world around me, full of new knowledge and adventure. As a student ambassador, I would like to give you any information and welcome you to Groningen!

Why Art History?

Since my teenage years, I have known that my future academic and work interests would lay mainly in the field of art history. From a personal perspective, I believe I have found a way to connect my inner goals and interests with a professional career. Art History is a fascinating discipline that opens the door to endless areas of knowledge, where one can find their true calling. Completing an Art History degree does not only mean that you have a great basis for understanding the field of arts and culture, but also that you are skilled in critical analysis and creative thinking. Ranging from writing about art and power in the Medici family or the history of Islamic pottery, to researching an emerging artistic collective or collaborating with contemporary artists in interdisciplinary projects – the topics are endless and give you a space to explore.

Julie van Loon
Julie van Loon

About Julie
Hi, my name is Julie and I’m twenty years old. I am currently in my third year of the bachelor Art History and last year I started with a second bachelor European Laguages and Culture.

For me the decision to study Art History became very clear when I heard a professor give a lecture at an open day. This instantly made me so enthusiastic that the interest I had in other bachelors dropped. My family has always been very artistic; my father also studied Art History and my sister is currently studying at the art academy Minerva. I was raised with art and always encouraged to do something with it. The thing I like most about Art History is that it includes people from all over the world with very different backgrounds that all share the same passion for art. This makes that we are a very tight group. Art History is a very small programme, which makes it very personal.

The programme is also very diverse, in the first year you immediately go on different excursions and visit many museums. I enjoyed this very much in particular, because it will bring you closer to the things you learn and you get an idea as to where you might end up after your studies.

If you have become excited to study Art History or if you want to become excited, you can always email me for more information, to ask questions or if you need help with your choice.

Artificial Intelligence
Isabelle Tilleman
Isabelle Tilleman

About Isabelle
At first, Artificial Intelligence was meant to be my backup. I tried to get into a music program with a very strict selection procedure. I didn’t get in, so I went to Groningen to study Artificial Intelligence. I had ben looking at studies related to science for a while, but I was always afraid that I would get tired of the technical and mathematical subjects after a while, or that I wouldn’t be able to do it. When I found Artificial Intelligence ( I hadn’t heard of it before), I knew it was the right choice for me. Because it’s such a broad topic, there’s enough variation for me to never get bored! I am currently in my third year of the bachelor and I’m very glad I ended up here.

If you have any questions about the bachelor Artificial Intelligence in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me an email! If you refer the mail to me ''Isabelle'', I will reply.

Daniëlle Metz
Daniëlle Metz

About Daniëlle
In my first year of studying, I began my well-chosen programme Psychology with great enthusiasm. But when most courses turned out to be quite dull and my best course turned out to be Statistics, I knew this wasn't the right choice for me. Searching for a technical study that wasn't too one-dimensional I ended up at Artificial Intelligence. AI is the perfect combination of psychology, maths, computer science and much more. A perfect choice for me! Currently I am doing my Master's, so you can ask me about both the Master's and Bachelor's of Artificial Intelligence!

Paul Veldhuyzen
Paul Veldhuyzen

About Paul
Before I started studying Artificial Intelligence (AI) I tried two other studies, one was very math oriented, the other more society oriented (think: politics, environment, economics). Both studies were interesting but not the right study for me. In the end I decided to analyse what I liked and what motivated me. I ended up choosing to study AI because it combines different fields of science that had my interest: psychology, math, and programming. Furthermore, AI offered courses about topics that seemed really interesting to me even though I knew little of them, linguistics, and logic for example. The combination of all those different fields of science turned out to be a perfect fit for my broad interests, and in the end studying AI turned out to be the right choice for me. Do you want to know more about studying AI to find out whether AI is the right study for you too? Shoot me an E-mail! Or, maybe you want to switch studies, I might just be able to help you think about that.

Sanne Poelstra
Sanne Poelstra

About Sanne
If you have any questions about the bachelor Artificial Intelligence in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me an email! If you refer the mail to me ''Sanne'', I will reply.

Arts, Culture and Media
Max van der Kooi
Max van der Kooi

About Max

Hello! My name is Max van der Kooi and I am an Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) student. I am currently in my second year, specializing in Music and Visual Arts. Outside of my studies, I work part-time and I am a member of the Study Association IK. When I am not busy with work or studies, I game with friends or sometimes work on music at home.

Why Arts, Culture and Media?

Arts, Culture and Media spoke to me because of its variety of topics. I have an appreciation for all different types of art, but some interest me more than others do, so being able to focus on the disciplines I have the most interest in really stood out to me. The programme also lets you choose a specialization in the second year: Arts, Analysis and Criticism, or Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship. I chose for Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship, because of my interest in event management and the community aspects of art. The programme does not ask you to be ‘’good’’ at producing art, which I also like. I have tried making my own music, but I would not dare to send it to someone.

Astronomy
Nynke Visser
Nynke Visser

About Nynke
Hi, my name is Nynke, and I’m a third year Astronomy student at UG. I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to study Astronomy and I’m still very happy with my decision! Do you want to know why or do you have questions about Astronomy? Don’t hesitate to send me an email!

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Veerle Meulenaar

About Veerle
“To prove that continuity exists we use limits, otherwise we would rip the fabric of reality.” A lovely sentence from my first year mathematics prof. It had me grinning since I really like astronomy and mathematics and realized that I was at the right place. Until the last moment I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to study, but now that I’m here, I enjoy every bit of it. If you have any questions regarding studying astronomy here in Groningen, send me an email!

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Dagmar Rozendal

About Dagmar
Hi, my name is Dagmar Rozendal and I'm a first year master student in Astronomy. Last year I finished my bachelor's here as well. I first tried electrical engineering at an applied university, but Astronomy turned out to be a way better path for me! The universe and its physics has always been very intriguing to me, and I still love learning all about it. Do you have questions regarding the program? Don't hesitate to send me an e-mail!

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Yfke Bethlehem

About Yfke
Hi, my name is Yfke, and I'm now a first year master student for Astronomy, after finishing my bachelor Astronomy here as well. It was actually only until the end of highschool that I decided to do Astronomy, after I had a very enthusiastic physics teacher that led me to the world of Astronomy. Since then, following the study and its topics have become one of my passions for the rest of my life. Any questions about the study and the environment? Send me an email!

Biology
Femke Kienstra
Femke Kienstra

About Femke
My name is Femke, I am 21 years old and currently I am in my third year of the Bachelor Biology. I am majoring in the field of Behaviour and Neurosciences and followed quite a few additional ecology courses. Are you thinking about starting the bachelor Biology in Groningen but do you still have some questions about the bachelor, the courses or something else? Do not hesitate to email me and I will respond to you as soon as possible. To get a reply from me, do not forget to add my name in the subject line

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Marloes

About Marloes
Hi, my name is Marloes. I am a 3rd year biology student majoring in molecular life sciences. If you have any questions regarding the bachelor biology, our university or life in Groningen, do not hesitate to contact me via email. Please  include my name in the subject line and I will respond as soon as possible. 

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Amber Kal

About Amber
Hi! My name is Amber, I am 21 years old and currently in my second year of the bachelor Biology. I chose the major Behaviour and Neuroscience and follow a mix of Neuroscience and Biomedical courses. I very much enjoy studying Biology and can’t wait to keep learning! Do you have any questions about the bachelor program, the majors or what studying in Groningen is like? You can send me an e-mail! If you want a reply from me, do not forget to mention me in the subject line!

Biomedical Engineering
Lara Saber
Lara Saber

About Lara
Hi, my name is Lara and I am a third year Biomedical Engineering student. I chose this program because I am really interested in Mathematics and Physics coupled with the way the human body works. Therefore, Biomedical Engineering was the perfect fit for me.

My favourite courses are the courses involving designing. This is because it requires the application of medical and technical knowledge on a current medical problem to create a feasible solution. If you have any question about the program or the student life in general, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Fennie van der Graaf
Fennie van der Graaf

About Fennie
If you have any questions about the bachelor Biomedical Engineering in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen send me a mail!

Campus Fryslân - University College Fryslân
Aline Ruge
Aline Ruge

About Alina
My name is Alina Ruge, and I am from Hamburg, Germany. I started my UCF experience in September 2019 and did not know what to expect when I came to Leeuwarden, because I have never even seen Leeuwarden before I started the program. I had so many questions and luckily, I knew someone from the second year to answer some of them. That really helped me ease my mind about all my fears and I want you to be able to have someone doing the same for you because I know that it was scary diving into something entirely new.

Before I came here I traveled the world for one year to clear up my mind what I really wanted in life. When I found this program after hours of research I felt like this was the right program to fit all my interests. I am interested into international affairs, global problems and how to solve them in a sustainable way. This program will enable me to find a job where I can find solutions that I especially faced when traveling through countries like India. The problem of gender equality, waste disposal or overall poverty.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions concerning the program, the UCF community, or the city of Leeuwarden. The UCF community is there to support you and answer every question you have, in order to start the most exciting journey of your life!

Koen Pouw
Koen Pouw

About Koen
My name is Koen Pouw and I’m currently a first-year student of Global Responsibility & Leadership at University College Fryslân in Leeuwarden. Before moving to Leeuwarden, I lived in Zeewolde, Flevoland, the Netherlands. After doing my final high school VWO exams in 2019, I immediately started my studies here in Leeuwarden.

Global Responsibility & Leadership caught my interest due to its interdisciplinarity and flexibility, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations. As I mentioned before, the programme is very interdisciplinary and diverse. For me, before applying to this programme, I therefore had quite some questions about the programme itself and was curious to hear about experiences of current GRL students. Do you have questions about what it’s like to study Global Responsibility & Leadership and are you curious about student life in Leeuwarden? The UCF community is here to answer all your questions you might have! Please, do not hesitate to contact meand I’ll try my best to answer any question that you can think of!

Chemical Engineering
Caya Muijs
Caya Muijs

About Caya
Hi, my name is Caya and I'm already studying Chemistry in Groningen for 4 years. I started this programme because I really liked the course in high school since it is everywhere around us! Are you also interested in this subject, but do you still have questions about Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or studying in general? I would be glad to help you out!

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Lieke Germain

About Lieke
Hi! My name is Lieke. I have finished my bachelor's in chemistry in Groningen and I'm currently a master chemistry student. I'm interested in fields that combine material science with sustainability and I'm currently doing my master research into solid electrolytes for batteries. If you have any questions about the program or the student life in Groningen, feel free to send me an email!

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Shahrzad Shafei

About Shahrzad
Hello, my name is Shahrzad, and I’m a third year bachelor’s of chemistry student. I’m happy to help you with any questions you might have about student life, studying chemistry, and the university specifically, so feel free to shoot me an email!

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Loek Pieké

About Loek
Hi, my name is Loek and I am a master Chemical Engineer student. I am currently doing my master research, in which I try to make kerosene from carbon dioxide, cool right? If you have any questions about the chemical engineering bachelor or master, feel free to contact me and I will answer all your questions!

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Stephanie Seidl

About Stephanie
Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am a third year bachelor student of Chemical Engineering. I am half Dutch half international so if you have any questions about the course itself or living and studying in Groningen, do not hesitate to contact me!

 

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Lara Witjes

About Lara
Hello! My name Lara and I am a bachelors Chemical Engineering student. I’m half Swiss and half dutch and am fluent in 3 languages. I decided to study chemical engineering since I like all the sciences and this was a great blend of them all. If you have any questions about the degree or anything else, feel free to reach out!

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Sophie La Rondelle

About Sophie
Hi! My name is Sophie and I am currently a third-year Chemical Engineering bachelor student. After my exams I wasn’t sure what the best studies was for me, but eventually Chemical Engineering in Groningen turned out to be the best fit! I think this studies is more tangible than for example a studies in Physics or Chemistry which I really like. If you have any questions about Chemical Engineering, why I choose to follow it in Groningen and not somewhere else or just how life is as a student, feel free to contact me

Chemistry
Caya Muijs
Caya Muijs

About Caya
Hi, my name is Caya and I'm already studying Chemistry in Groningen for 4 years. I started this programme because I really liked the course in high school since it is everywhere around us! Are you also interested in this subject, but do you still have questions about Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or studying in general? I would be glad to help you out!

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Lieke Germain

About Lieke
Hi! My name is Lieke. I have finished my bachelor's in chemistry in Groningen and I'm currently a master chemistry student. I'm interested in fields that combine material science with sustainability and I'm currently doing my master research into solid electrolytes for batteries. If you have any questions about the program or the student life in Groningen, feel free to send me an email!

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Shahrzad Shafei

About Shahrzad
Hello, my name is Shahrzad, and I’m a third year bachelor’s of chemistry student. I’m happy to help you with any questions you might have about student life, studying chemistry, and the university specifically, so feel free to shoot me an email!

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Loek Pieké

About Loek
Hi, my name is Loek and I am a master Chemical Engineer student. I am currently doing my master research, in which I try to make kerosene from carbon dioxide, cool right? If you have any questions about the chemical engineering bachelor or master, feel free to contact me and I will answer all your questions!

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Stephanie Seidl

About Stephanie
Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am a third year bachelor student of Chemical Engineering. I am half Dutch half international so if you have any questions about the course itself or living and studying in Groningen, do not hesitate to contact me!

 

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Lara Witjes

About Lara
Hello! My name Lara and I am a bachelors Chemical Engineering student. I’m half Swiss and half dutch and am fluent in 3 languages. I decided to study chemical engineering since I like all the sciences and this was a great blend of them all. If you have any questions about the degree or anything else, feel free to reach out!

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Sophie La Rondelle

About Sophie
Hi! My name is Sophie and I am currently a third-year Chemical Engineering bachelor student. After my exams I wasn’t sure what the best studies was for me, but eventually Chemical Engineering in Groningen turned out to be the best fit! I think this studies is more tangible than for example a studies in Physics or Chemistry which I really like. If you have any questions about Chemical Engineering, why I choose to follow it in Groningen and not somewhere else or just how life is as a student, feel free to contact me

Communication and Information Studies
Tamara Kanner
Tamara Kanner

About Tamara

Hi! My name is Tamara, I am 22 years old and a third culture kid who mainly grew up in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. I am a second-year student in the Communication and Information Studies (CIS) bachelor’s degree programme as well as a teaching assistant, student ambassador, co-host for a radio show and an active member of the CIS study association, Commotie. As I am halfway through my degree programme, I'm quite busy doing school work and studying. Additionally, I do lots of art and craft projects, journal, go with fellow Commotie members friends to fun events and lectures, and, very importantly, spend an evening or two a week relaxing and taking care of my plants.

Why Communication and Information Studies?

After relentlessly looking for a programme that fits one of my many interests, I felt like something was a missing every time. However, the Communication and Information Studies programme aligned with my interests in philosophical language and linguistics, marketing, sociology, and multi-media, while still leaving enough time outside the programme to pursue all my other interests and skillsets. I decided on this programme because, to me, it is the perfect baseline degree to evolve into whatever other career I wanted: communication, research, marketing, English language, etc.

Computing Science
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Meerke, Kelian, Arwen and Fabian

About Arwen, Fabian, Kelian and Meerke
Hi! We are Arwen, Fabian, Kelian and Meerke and we are the information team of Computing Science.

All four of us started the bachelor of Computing Science in September 2019. Each one of us chose the study for a different reason, ranging from interest in problem solving, and mathematics to programming. Now we are here to help you make an informed decision about your choice of study too!

You can find us at open days, information markets and the student for a day. We are always open to answer your questions about Computing Science, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, or student life in Groningen. You can ask away during any of the events mentioned above, or via email at csstudents rug.nl.

Econometrics and Operations Research
Sterre Ropers
Sterre Ropers

About Sterre
Hello! My name is Sterre and I am currently a fourth-year Econometrics and Operations Research (EOR) student at the University of Groningen. I am also an active member of the study association VESTING. Originally, I am from Utrecht, which is almost three hours away. This meant I really had to dive into student life and live on my own in a student house in Groningen straight away. However, I have to say, it was a very good decision, as I am having the time of my life here up north! After having attended open days and student-for-a-days in multiple cities and of several studies, I knew quite early on that I wanted to study EOR; I really liked the combination of the (rather theoretical) mathematics and the (very practical) economic applications. However, then I had to decide in which city I was going to study. I made a list with pros and cons of every option and eventually decided that the small, cozy, and personal city of Groningen would be the right fit for me. Now, more than three years later, I am still happy with my choices and I would love to share my experiences about studying EOR, studying, and student life in Groningen with you, so do not hesitate to send me an e-mail if you have any questions or if you want a some more information from an insider!

Economics and Business Economics
Maud Wester
Maud Wester

About Maud
Hi there! My name is Maud, I’m 22 years old and I just graduated in Economics and Business Economics (E&BE). After graduating from high school, I started studying Business Economics at a university of applied sciences. However, this was not the right fit for me and that is why I applied for the bachelor E&BE at the University of Groningen. I can help you with your questions about E&BE, but also with your questions about the differences between studying at a university of applied sciences and studying at a university.

In my second year, I have chosen the Economics track since the mathematical courses of economics were most interesting to me. This programme contains sufficient electives because of the three different tracks. In the propaedeutic year, you will be introduced to courses of all the three different tracks, which makes it easy to discover your economic interests.

If you are interested in this programme, busy trying to find the right programme and have any questions; please send me an email! Any other study-related questions are welcome too!

English Language and Culture
Thirsa Hiemstra
Thirsa Hiemstra

About Thirsa

Hi, my name is Thirsa Hiemstra! I’m a second-year English Language and Culture student. In my free time I, unsurprisingly, like reading, watching TV series, and cooking for my friends and housemates.

Why English Language and Culture?

I have always been interested in languages for as long as I can remember, so a language-focused study was always high on my list. During high school, I fell in love with the whole process of essay writing: the literary analysis and formulating my thoughts in an understandable way. In Groningen, I can dissect texts to my heart’s content! After completing my first year here, I discovered I want to specialize in medieval literature, which I would have never expected when I first started.

European Languages and Cultures
Lana Fahham
Lana Fahham

About Lana

Hello! My name is Lana Fahham, and I am 19 years old. I am currently in my second year of the European Languages and Cultures Bachelor’s programme. I am taking English as my major language and following both the Language & Society and the Culture & Literature profiles. In my free time, I enjoy reading English books and watching movies or series, as well as spending time with friends.

Why European Languages and Cultures?

I chose this programme because it is quite broad. I have always been interested in different languages, cultures, and literature. I found everything I like and enjoy within this programme. It was quite hard for me to choose what I wanted to study and what suited my interests, but when I visited the Open Day of ELC, I just knew that this programme was the perfect fit for me. There is so much variation and options to choose from regarding languages, subjects, and profiles. Aside from choosing a major language and main profile, you can also take courses in a second language or profile. The three profiles are: Politics & Society, Language & Society, and the Culture & Literature. I found the last two suited me perfectly, because they go in hand with my hobbies and interests. Due to the huge variation within this programme, you do not only develop a broad and critical perspective on Europe, but on the entire world. Hence, the broadness of this programme leads to many opportunities within and after your studies, which is exactly what I wanted.

Global Responsibility & Leadership - University College Fryslân
Aline Ruge
Aline Ruge

About Alina
My name is Alina Ruge, and I am from Hamburg, Germany. I started my UCF experience in September 2019 and did not know what to expect when I came to Leeuwarden, because I have never even seen Leeuwarden before I started the program. I had so many questions and luckily, I knew someone from the second year to answer some of them. That really helped me ease my mind about all my fears and I want you to be able to have someone doing the same for you because I know that it was scary diving into something entirely new.

Before I came here I traveled the world for one year to clear up my mind what I really wanted in life. When I found this program after hours of research I felt like this was the right program to fit all my interests. I am interested into international affairs, global problems and how to solve them in a sustainable way. This program will enable me to find a job where I can find solutions that I especially faced when traveling through countries like India. The problem of gender equality, waste disposal or overall poverty.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions concerning the program, the UCF community, or the city of Leeuwarden. The UCF community is there to support you and answer every question you have, in order to start the most exciting journey of your life!

Koen Pouw
Koen Pouw

About Koen
My name is Koen Pouw and I’m currently a first-year student of Global Responsibility & Leadership at University College Fryslân in Leeuwarden. Before moving to Leeuwarden, I lived in Zeewolde, Flevoland, the Netherlands. After doing my final high school VWO exams in 2019, I immediately started my studies here in Leeuwarden.

Global Responsibility & Leadership caught my interest due to its interdisciplinarity and flexibility, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations. As I mentioned before, the programme is very interdisciplinary and diverse. For me, before applying to this programme, I therefore had quite some questions about the programme itself and was curious to hear about experiences of current GRL students. Do you have questions about what it’s like to study Global Responsibility & Leadership and are you curious about student life in Leeuwarden? The UCF community is here to answer all your questions you might have! Please, do not hesitate to contact meand I’ll try my best to answer any question that you can think of!

History
Ayşe Rana Özsan
Ayşe Rana Özsan

About Ayşe Rana
Hi! My name is Ayşe Rana Özsan, I’m 22 years old and I have just begun my third year of the History programme here at the University of Groningen. I came here all the way from Canada and, predictably, I’m in the international track of this programme. I’m an active member of our study association Ubbo Emmius and participate in several committees within the university.

Besides my involvement in the university itself, I enjoy spending time with my friends, learning languages, and travelling as much as I possibly can. That, and befriending the many stray cats wandering about Groningen.

Why History?
History has always interested me as a subject, because so much of the world around us can only be fully understood when examining the past. I had many other interests before starting university and, in fact, majored in business in 2018. However, when I realized my favourite courses were two electives in History, I knew that changing my programme was the right choice for me.

Honours College
Karolina Gruzel
Karolina Gruzel

About Karolina
Hi! I am Karolina. I am a master student of The European Law in a Global Context and PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). I work as Social Media Officer for the Honours College and as a student assistant for Education Support and Innovation. I finished the Honours Bachelor programme and I was a Secretary of the Honours College Social Association.

I am Polish but I have lived in the UK for two years. I love reading books (during pandemics I’ve organised a book club with my friends) and I am a fan of the spoken word. If you have any questions about the Honours Bachelor programme, do not hesitate to contact me :)

Human Geography and Planning
Yildiz Heeringa
Yildiz Heeringa

About Yildiz
Hi there, I am Yildiz and I am one of the student ambassadors of the bachelor Human Geography and Planning. I am a fourth-year student in the program, so I know my way around the Faculty quite well. Don't hesitate to reach out to me by sending me an email with any questions about the program itself, the Faculty, activities that you can do besides your studies, or the student life in Groningen in general. I am more than happy to help you and I hope to see you around the Faculty soon!

Alesya Grishkun
Alesya Grishkun

About Alesya
My name is Alesya and I am an international 2nd year Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning student. I am also part of the Green Office and the Honours College Programme. If you have any questions regarding the programme, the faculty or the university in general, I am the right person to talk to! Additionally, do not hesitate to ask questions about the city, how is it to be an international here or any type of question. I will be more than happy to answer them!

Industrial Engineering and Management
Folkert Post
Folkert Post

About Folkert
Hi, My name is Folkert and I am a fourth year IEM student studying the PTL track. In my spare time I like to play tennis and hang out with friends. If you have any questions about studying in Groningen or if IEM is right for you, feel free to ask me! You can reach me and fellow students by email.

Eveline Sahni
Eveline Sahni

About Eveline
If you have questions about the bachelor Industrial Engineering and Management, making a study choice or studying and living in the city of Groningen? Mail me and if you refer the mail to me, then I will reply!

International and European law
Mail a student!
Mail a student!

About International and European Law
If you have questions about the student experience and you'd like to contact a current student in the International and European Law LLB programme, please contact the Faculty of Law directly by email at studylaw rug.nl. Please include your name, nationality and current year of study in the email. They can put you in touch with a student to answer student experience questions. Please write "Request to contact current LLB student" in the subject line. All formal questions about the programme, such as questions about admissions requirements etc. should be asked through the Faculty information request form.

International Business
Eva van der Brug
Eva van der Brug

About Eva
IIn the last years of high school, I still wasn’t sure which bachelor to choose. I didn’t have strong interests or passions that I could translate into a study. Many Open Days and conversations about bachelors resulted in a lot of information. However, it remained unclear which one suited me best.

Only when I started looking at this process differently, I realized very quick which study was good for me! Instead of focusing on which study to choose, I started thinking about where I want to end up later. I saw myself working in an organization, working with people, preferably international, not economic but HR/management.
The next step in the process was: which bachelor can bring me here? This question turned out to have multiple answers. I chose one of these options based on my personality and my strong and weak points. International Business seemed to be the best match.
I have never had doubts about this choice and I even found out that I actually really like the economic aspect of IB as well! This is definitely an advantage of choosing a broad bachelor, there is room to discover your real strengths.

My advice: look further than the three years of your bachelor, what would you like to do later? Are you interested broadly or are you more of a specialist? Which roads can lead you to your future goals? Another advice is to contact someone who is currently doing the bachelor that you are considering. This creates a far more realistic picture and gives you the opportunity to ask specific questions.

If you would like to ask any questions about choosing a bachelor, International Business, studying in English or anything else, please don’t hesitate to email me!

International Relations and International Organization
Lars Hoving
Lars Hoving

About Lars

Hi! My name is Lars and I am 19 years old. I am currently in my third year of being an International Relations and International Organization student. After a long and thorough search through multiple studies and attending web classes and open days, I eventually followed my heart and wound up at IRIO. The fact that I show an interest in global issues, the news, politics, and history, makes that IRIO suits me perfectly. By studying in Groningen, one gets acquainted with a lot of people and cultures from all over the world. An important aspect of studying IRIO is engaging in a lot of class discussions and applying your knowledge to contemporary issues. Furthermore, IRIO offers a wide variety of subjects, such as history, political science, law, and many more! Exhausted after a whole week of studying? Luckily, the study association CLIO organises a lot of pastime activities, such as excursions, or parties.

Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate to send me an email, as I would gladly answer all your questions!

Hugo Sarraude
Hugo Sarraude

About Hugo

Bonjour! My name is Hugo; I am from the southwest of France and 21 years old. I am currently in my second year of the Bachelor International Relations and International Organization (IRIO).

Next to my studies, I try to have a complete social life in which I practice several sports: football, rugby, rock climbing and surfing. I also enjoy making music with my guitar, piano, ukulele or harmonica. I like attending events that are organized by my programme’s study association CLIO, in which I was involved in the photo and multimedia committee last year. Finally, I am now excited to start as a student ambassador for IRIO within the university.

Why IRIO?

After studying French law for almost two years, I was looking for a broader programme where I could fully study in English and that would give me the possibility to learn about various subjects, such as law, economics, history, politics. However, the feature that convinced me to apply for this programme were the compulsory language courses that allow me to learn a foreign language intensively. I picked Chinese and studying this language is so much fun!

The international aspect of the programme is also extremely interesting. You meet people from all over the world and get to know more about different cultures, which is exactly what I needed after spending 20 years in the same town. During your studies, you learn about the world and how it is constructed. You will start to feel closer to this world, which at first seems so unreachable.

In my opinion, one of IRIO biggest strengths is the variety of assignments. You will have to choose your own topics to write your essays, but you will also have to shoot videos, prepare presentations, and write papers in groups.

Liberal Arts and Sciences - University College Groningen
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Adam Bahelka

About Adam
Hello! My name is Adam Bahelka. I am now in my 2nd year at UCG with a free Major. However, most of my courses are a combination of Economics and IT. Besides my studies I am also in the UCG Faculty Council and I like to keep active. I play for the UCG football team, I like to hang out with my roommates and I occasionally debate competitively. 

When trying to decide where to go for my studies, I found the amount of information and offers everywhere very overwhelming. I hope I can take some of that stress off of your shoulders and help you with anything you are unsure of!:) Not only regarding the programme but also to see if Groningen and its student life is what you're looking for, which extra-curricular activities there are etc.! If you have any questions in mind, please don’t hesitate and either send me an email at: studentbuddy.ucg rug.nl or directly book an online appointment with me through this link.

Life Science and Technology
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Joy Ranzijn

About Joy
Hi! My name is Joy, I’m eighteen years old and currently in my second year of Life Science & Technology. In high school I was really into math, chemistry and biology, while having a love-hate relationship with physics. If you have any questions regarding the Bachelor LST, traveling to uni, school schedules, or anything else, don’t hesitate to send an email! (Dutch/English both fine)

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Andele Veltman

About Andele
Hi! I’m Andele, 20 years old and a third year Life Science and Technology student. When I was in your position of choosing a study, I struggled quite a bit due to the enormous amount of possibilities. Therefore, I mostly knew what I didn’t want to study, but that helped me realize that a broader study would suit me best. LST is in interdisciplinary study where you follow courses from all the natural disciplines, allowing you to find out your preferences! Next to my study, I like to play sports, grab a drink with friends or do fun activities with my roommates. Do you want to know more about my experience as a LST student or if you have any other questions feel free to send me an email.

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Daria Costache

About Daria
Hi! I’m Daria, I’m 20 years old and I’m a second year LS&T student. Science has been a constant passion of mine since I was young. My favourite subjects in high school were chemistry, biology and mathematics, so I really wanted to study something that would combine them. Life Science and Technology has proved to be the best choice for me, since it is an interdisciplinary programme that focuses on both theory and practical skills. Apart from studying, I am also active in the study association GLV Idun and I have made great memories with the friends I met here, in Groningen. So, if you feel like studying LS&T at the University of Groningen might spark your interest and you would like to know more about the programme, don’t hesitate to email me! :)

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Anette Hallik

About Anette
Hi everyone! I am Anette, I’m 21 and am studying in the third year of the Life Science and Technology programme. I come from Estonia and have lived in Groningen as an international student. As a highschooler, I knew very clearly that an interdisciplinary study, like Life Science & Technology, will be the one for me, as I take deep interest in all different sciences and arts. But it was a given I would pursue sciences as my career. Do you feel like you love many different sciences? You will love this programme! Send me an email if you have any questions about the programme or being a student in Groningen!

Mathematics
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Irene

About Irene
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My name is Irene, I’m from Spain and I moved to Groningen 3 years ago to pursue my bachelor in Applied Mathematics. As an international student, I understand the perks of moving to a new country and starting this new adventure. But it is all worth it after you realize you are studying what you love the most: Math! If you have any questions about the bachelor in (Applied) Mathematics or about living in Groningen as an international student, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you refer the email to me “Irene”, I will respond!"

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Jamara

About Jamara
"My name is Jamara, I’m a Dutch student in the second year of my General Mathematics bachelor. I’m 21 years old and currently live in Friesland.  If you have any questions about the bachelor or studying at the RUG in general, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you refer the email to me ''Jamara'', I will reply!"

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Oscar

About Oscar
"My name is Oscar, I'm 24 years old and live in Groningen. I am a second year Master student studying General Mathematics. Before starting my master's I did the bachelor of General Mathematics in Groningen, and also combined this with physics for a while. If you have any questions about studying Mathematics, combining Mathematics and Physics, or student life in Groningen, feel free to contact me. If you refer the email to "Oscar" I will reply."

Media Studies
Veronika Koralova
Veronika Koralova

About Veronika

Hi everyone! My name is Veronika, I am a 21-year-old 3rd year student of Media Studies. I am originally from Prague, Czech Republic. Last year I was on the board of MESA, which led to me wanting to become the Student Ambassador of my programme as I really enjoyed representing what is important to me. Therefore, I wanted to continue doing that even after my Board year was over.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, creating digital art, and going on trips–no matter where to or for how long. I am currently the servant of one cat, but I plan to add at least one more to that count in the near future.

Why Media Studies?

I chose Media Studies because it offers a great foundation for any other subject of study related to media. In this programme, you get to try out different aspects of working with media including the academic but also professional aspects of it. You are encouraged to find your own place in the world of media, which was a great help for me as I learnt that there are plenty of career paths that do not lead to simply working for a newspaper or becoming a researcher. It is a fun programme that prepares you for a future within the field of media and opens your eye to all the different possibilities.

Medicine
Nienke van Aalst
Nienke van Aalst

About Nienke
Because I already knew what study I wanted to do, I only had to think about where I wanted to study medicine and what study I liked as an alternative. Medicine is a study with a decentralized selection, so I had to have a plan B. In my fourth year of high school I already visited some open days, and after my fifth and sixth year of high school I had been in almost every city where you could study medicine. Finally, I chose Groningen because I felt most at home in Groningen and I preferred the program of medicine in Groningen compared to other universities.

I hope you can also make a good programme choice! If you have any questions for me, please send me a message so I can hopefully help you with your choice.

Minorities & Multilingualism
Marit Reamaekers
Marit Raemaekers

About Marit

Hey everyone! My name is Marit, I am 18 years old and currently in my first year of Minorities & Multilingualism (also known as M&M). Besides my studies, I work, hang out with friends and love to read.

Why Minorities & Multilingualism?

I have always been interested in minorities in general, and learning languages has always been something I have enjoyed and been good at. What also really intrigued me about M&M is how it is a widely oriented study, so there are many different topics. The study and its courses attract many international and exchange students; it is interesting to meet students from different backgrounds. The study is quite small (and when I mean small, I mean small – we are with nine people this year), which is actually a lot of fun! You know each other very well, you get along very quickly and there is a lot of contact with teachers.

Pharmacy
Emma Koenders
Emma Koenders

About Emma
Hi everyone! My name is Emma and I am already in the second year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. Pharmacy is an incredibly diverse study that teaches you to become the drug expert. With my experience as a student here I can tell a lot about studying here and the study itself. Therefore you can always send me an email with all of your questions (please put my name in the subject line) and I will answer it with all of my enthousiasm.

Physics
Sander Bouma
Sander Bouma

About Sander
Hi! I am Sander and I am a first year MSc Physics student. Before this, I did the BSc Physics. I have always been interested in how things work up to a fundamental level, and I love the mathematical puzzles that come along while answering these fundamental questions, hence I started specializing in Particle Physics! Are you interested in studying Physics? Or do you have any questions? I would love to help you, just send me an email

Rutger Haan
Rutger Haan

About Rutger
Hello, my name is Rutger and I just started the MSc Mechanical Engineering. Before this, I did the BSc Applied Physics. During my bachelor's I encountered a broad variety of topics, which let me to specialize in something I enjoy. After my master's degree, I am planning to work as a consultant. For any questions regarding the BSc Applied Physics, you can send me an email

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Lilly-Anne Kalderen

About Lilly-Anne
Hey, my name is Lilly-Anne and I am in my third year of the BSc Applied Physics. I chose this degree programme because I wanted to study something technical. The BSc Applied Physics is very broad, so I will have a lot of options for various master's degrees and job opportunities. For any questions feel free to send me an email!

 

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Charlotte Broekmeulen

About Charlotte
Hi! My name is Charlotte and I am in the third year of the BSc Applied Physics. After my studies, I would like to pursue a master's degree in engineer. However, because I am not quite sure yet what I would like to specialize in, I chose the BSc Applied Physics. In this programme we encounter a broad variety of topics, and thus I still have a lot of options for choosing a master's degree. If you are not sure whether Applied Physics is the bachelor degree for you, or if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email!

Psychology
Linda Tran
Linda Tran

About Linda
Hi! My name is Linda and I am Vietnamese born and raised in the Czech Republic. I am currently in the third year of Psychology and enjoying my studies and life in Groningen to the fullest. Growing up in a bilingual environment and living in the US for a year as an exchange student has shaped my deep fascination with the "how" and "why" humans and their minds operate the way they do.

Just like many of my fellow classmates in high school, I had doubts about getting into the psychology program at our university. I never considered myself particularly skilled in science or maths subjects. But here I am, after almost two years of getting through statistics, learning to create a good study-life balance with a lot of support from the university, and finding the right motivation and meaning to overcome challenges during my studies! The Psychology program has taught me a lot about myself and I truly believe that you would enjoy the learning process as much as I do!

Believe me, I was once in your shoes as well. I can just imagine how overwhelming it is to decide where to start your Bachelor's or which program to choose. If you are curious to learn what the Psychology program in Groningen has to offer, do not hesitate to shoot me an email at studyinformation.bss rug.nl!

I will do my best to answer any doubts about your study choice, questions about Psychology, the student life in Groningen, and share my personal experience with you.

Religious Studies
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Meike Barkmeijer

About Meike
Hi! My name is Meike, I'm 22 years old and I'm currently in my last year of the BA Religious Studies at the University of Groningen.

Younger me had difficulty choosing my next studies after graduating from my secondary education. It took me some time and a gap year to find out what I really wanted. When I was orienting for my next studies at the university I soon found out I had a deep interest in different degrees within the social sciences. I found myself bouncing between psychology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and humanistics but thought all these programs were not 100% it - they lacked a kind of interdisciplinary aspect. I had never heard of Religious Studies. It was just by accident that someone told me about this program and advised me to visit an Open Day or join a Student for a Day event. After doing so, I realised Religious Studies combined all the fields of studies I was initially interested in. My study choice was quickly made and so began my career in Religious Studies.

Flash forward to current me, I can say my choice to study Religious Studies was one of the best ones ever made. Looking back on the last three years, I can definitely say some things about my experiences of the programme and the student life at our faculty. The study programme is very broad and is really aimed to educate its students to become broadly and critical social scientists. In a nutshell, the first year consists of introductory courses to the five world religions and courses on analytical perspectives within the study of religion, such as sociology, psychology, anthropology and philosophy. These courses serve as a kind of background for the second year which is meant to dive deeper into different subjects within the field of religious studies. These courses focus for example on how religion manifests itself in a modern day society but also how religion has contributed to societies as we know them today. The last year's programme consists of minor courses and writing your thesis.

Then there is the student life at the faculty which is very worth mentioning as well. Coming from a small town and being used to a small community during my secondary education, I was hoping I wouldn't become a so-called anonymous student during my next studies. The faculty of Religious Studies and Theology is small but it has an open and ´gezellige´ atmosphere. There are many options for students if they would like to be more active within the faculty, such as the opportunity to join one of the study associations committees. What I like most is the close contact between my classmates and other students but also between the students and our teachers. I think everyone at our faculty really appreciates the open and accessible culture.

Don't hesitate to shoot me an email with your questions about the studies, (student) life in Groningen or anything else you would like to know! 

Spatial Planning and Design
Laura Fransen
Laura Fransen

About Laura
Hello, my name is Laura Fransen and I am fourth year student Spatial Planning and Design. I would love to help you with all kinds of questions regarding the study. Or if you are just interested in the Faculty of Spatial sciences. Please do not hesitate to contact me and hopefully I can help you out.

Tess ten Have
Tess ten Have

About Tess
Hi! My name is Tess and I study the bachelor Spatial Planning and Design. I choose to study Spatial Planning and Design at the UG because of the design element and the focus on infrastructure and environmental planning. Would you like to know more about the bachelor, the Faculty, or what it is like to study in the city of Groningen? Feel free to send me an email! I'll try to answer any questions you might have!

University College Groningen
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Adam Bahelka

About Adam
Hello! My name is Adam Bahelka. I am now in my 2nd year at UCG with a free Major. However, most of my courses are a combination of Economics and IT. Besides my studies I am also in the UCG Faculty Council and I like to keep active. I play for the UCG football team, I like to hang out with my roommates and I occasionally debate competitively. 

When trying to decide where to go for my studies, I found the amount of information and offers everywhere very overwhelming. I hope I can take some of that stress off of your shoulders and help you with anything you are unsure of!:) Not only regarding the programme but also to see if Groningen and its student life is what you're looking for, which extra-curricular activities there are etc.! If you have any questions in mind, please don’t hesitate and either send me an email at: studentbuddy.ucg rug.nl or directly book an online appointment with me through this link.


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