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American Studies
Kelly van Hienen
Kelly van Hienen

About Kelly
Hi! My name is Kelly van Hienen and I am in my second year of the Bachelor American Studies. Before I started here in Groningen, I studied Art & Economics at the University of Arts in Utrecht. I decided that I wanted to study American Studies when I finished my propedeuse. In my spare time, I am an active member within my study association, I play lacrosse, I listen to music (a lot), and I love to watch series.

Ever since I was a kid, everything about the United States amazed me. I could not stop talking about the events happening there, which annoyed my mom a lot. The reason I chose American Studies was so that I could talk about the United States even more without being annoying. Moreover, I wanted to understand the American culture and the debates in and about the country. Since this studies is interdisciplinary it not only takes on history, but there are also classes on culture, media, and politics. All this knowledge is used simultaneously when we have to write essays, which you will also learn how to do in the academic writing class. Due to my studies, I will not only understand the United States on a much deeper level, but I will also learn how to put my findings into well-structured arguments.

Applied Mathematics
Eline Hoexum
Eline Hoexum

About Eline
I'm 20 years old and I have lived in Groningen for all my life. I'm in the fourth year of my Mathematics Bachelor, planning to graduate this year. Besides studying Mathematics, I have done parts of minors in Philosophy, Education and Classical Languages. I am also active in a student choir, where I have been in the board as treasurer for one year.

If you have any questions about the bachelor's Mathematics or Applied Mathematics in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me e-mail. If you refer the email to me ''Eline'', I will reply!

Laura Oldenburger
Laura Oldenburger

About Laura
Student life might start for you within a few months, very exciting! But before you will start this new stage of life, you first need to make a hard decision: choosing a study programme. Two years ago I had to make the same decision, I chose to study Mathematics and I have never regretted this. Do you have any questions about studying Mathematics or living in Groningen? Feel free to a mail me, I’m happy to answer all of your questions. If you refer the email to me ''Laura'', I will reply!

Applied Physics
Mare Dijkstra
Mare Dijkstra

About Mare
If you have any questions about the bachelor's Physics or Applied Physics in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me a mail :).

Merel van Helten
Merel van Helten

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

Sander Bouma
Sander Bouma

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

Rutger Haan
Rutger Haan

About Rutger
My name is Rutger and I'm in the third year of my bachelor Applied Physics. What I really enjoy about the study is that you learn about a broad spectrum of phenomena and how to explain them. If you have any questions about the studies Applied Physics and Physics or living in Groningen, send me an email! If you put "Rutger" in the subject line, I will reply to you!

Art History
Jade Dijkstra
Jade Dijkstra

About Jade
Hello! My name is Jade and I am 19 years old. I am currently in my second year of the Bachelor Art History. I love having fun, I like to meet up with my friends and since last year, I live in the Schildersbuurt of Groningen – how fitting is that?!

I grew up with art. I have smelled the smell of paint from an early age on in my parental home and in my mother's studio. Our dining table was covered with paint stains and brushes were scattered around our house. As a result, I became acquainted with museums and artworks at a very young age. This sparked my interest in art (history). Art History was however not really my original study choice. After a few open days, I was sure that I did not want to study Art History, but after studying Philosophy for two weeks, I quickly longed for the arts. I then switched as quickly as possible. Art History turned out not to be a dry or tough study, but rather incredibly varied and challenging, with many different subjects and collaborations, for instance with the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts or the Arts, Culture and Media program.

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
Andreea Dascalu
Andreea Dascalu

About Andreea
Hello! My name is Andreea and I am from Romania. I study Arts, Culture and Media with a specialization in Music and Film. If I am not studying, you will probably see me enjoying an artistic event or volunteering at a cultural or student organization. I am interested in a variety of topics, from law to religion to fashion, so if you need a conversation partner, do not hesitate to contact me!

I chose to study Arts, Culture and Media because I have always been interested in art although I was never the best at creating it. I could spend hours on end at an art gallery even if my painting skills were never above average and I wholeheartedly appreciate early rock music despite the fact that I cannot play an instrument. Consequently, this degree represented the perfect way for me to establish a relationship with art and to be able to approach it from a theoretical standpoint, inevitably deepening my passion for it.

Astronomy
Nikki Potze
Nikki Potze

About Nikki
Hi! My name is Nikki, I'm a third-year Astronomy student from the Netherlands. I was planning on studying Physics but then came along Astronomy. Astronomy seemed like Physics but applied to one of the most fascinating subjects there is: the universe! I've really enjoyed my bachelor so far and managed to have a nice student life too. Would you like to know more about what studying Astronomy in Groningen is like? Send me an e-mail and I'll get back to you!

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!

Biology
Wietske Feenstra
Wietske Feenstra

About Wietske
My name is Wietske, I am 20 years old and my third year of the bachelor in Biology has just started off. I chose to do the major Biomedical Sciences. Despite having a lot of doubts in school, I definitely found my place here. In case you have any questions on for example studying in Groningen, the bachelor-program in Biology or the major Biomedical Sciences, you can always send me a mail! If you refer the email to me ''Wietske'', I will reply.

Floor Hoevers
Floor Hoevers

About Floor
My name is Floor Hoevers. I’m 21 years old and I’m a second-year Biology student with the major Ecology & Evolution. After a gap-year filled with working and travelling I eventually chose to study in Groningen. The year I started, the curriculum was changed to teaching solely in English. If you have any questions regarding the Bachelor Biology or your study choice, feel free to send me an e-mail.  

Omaira Bischoff
Omaira Bischoff

About Omaira
My name is Omaira, I am 20 years old, and I am currently in my third year of the bachelor Biology. My major is Biomedical Sciences and I hope to finish my bachelor next year. Do you have questions about the major Biomedical Sciences or Biology in general? Or do you want to know more about studying in Groningen? Feel free to email me and make sure to put my name in the subject, this way I will get back to you!

Marc Lulofs
Marc Lulofs

About Marc
Hey! My name is Marc, 22 years old and currently in my fifth year of the bachelor Biology. I have almost finished the bachelor with the major Ecology & Evolution. If you have any questions regarding the major Ecology & Evolution, about the bachelor Biology in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen send me a mail! If you refer the email to me ''Marc'', I will reply.

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!

Pepijn Rang
Pepijn Rang

About Pepijn
If you have any questions regarding the bachelor's Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me a mail and if you refer the mail to me, then I will reply!

Wietske Nauta
Wietske Nauta

Abou t Wietske
If you have any questions regarding the bachelor's Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me a mail and if you refer the mail to me, then I will reply!

Lieke Germain
Lieke Germain

About Lieke
If you have any questions regarding the bachelor's Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me a mail and if you refer the mail to me, then I will repky!

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!

Pepijn Rang
Pepijn Rang

About Pepijn
If you have any questions regarding the bachelor's Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me a mail and if you refer the mail to me, then I will reply!

Wietske Nauta
Wietske Nauta

Abou t Wietske
If you have any questions regarding the bachelor's Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me a mail and if you refer the mail to me, then I will reply!

Lieke Germain
Lieke Germain

About Lieke
If you have any questions regarding the bachelor's Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me a mail and if you refer the mail to me, then I will repky!

Communication and Information Studies
Natasha Rebecca
Natasha Rebecca

About Natasha
Hello, my name is Natasha Rebecca from the beautiful country of Indonesia. I am currently in my second year of Communication and Information Studies (CIS) and doing the Honours degree programme. Inevitably studying takes up the majority of my week, however, I have partially dedicated my time to developing various soft skills and obtaining diverse experiences through joining organizations. Aside from university life, traveling is a big passion of mine. My life goal would be traveling to as many places as possible! I also love to sing and draw (although I cannot say I am very good at both ^-^).

Why Communication and Information Studies?
I had a difficult time selecting the right major, every program I came across did not seem to match my ideas. That is until I stumbled upon a major called CIS. I started searching this specific major in-depth and soon enough, I realized that this was the path for me. I had always been interested in how communication between individuals’ works as it is an important aspect of our lives. What cemented my decision was reading how the programme will be very broad, in the sense that it includes courses that provide communication in different perspectives, including marketing, psychology, linguistics, and sociology. You will not only learn the theoretical side of communication but also practice it in some courses, along with interesting discussions with your fellow students (Intercultural Communication, first year).

Computing Science
Joël Plantinga
Joël Plantinga

About Joël
As soon as I could take coding lessons at my high school, I knew that I wanted to do something with it. As the world digitalises more and more, programming opens a lot of doors. What is fun about the program is that you do not only learn by theory but also by practical coding exercises. Besides the great program, Groningen is a great city to develop yourself in various ways. You can join an association you like, get involved in committees and experience good times in the best student city of The Netherlands! Kind regards, Joël Plantinga

If you have questions about the bachelor Computing Science, 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!

Jens Hartsuiker
Jens Hartsuiker

About Jens
If you have questions about the bachelor Computing Science, 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!

Kevin Gevers
Kevin Gevers

About Kevin
The choice of degree programme was fairly easy for me since what I like to do and what I’m good at are overlapping. Programming with a health dose of math is right up my alley. However, deciding which city to study in was a bigger challenge. The open days and student for a days really helped me here. Mainly because I was able to ask actual students all kinds of questions and hear about their experiences. So don’t be shy to email me and ask your own questions!"

Econometrics and Operations Research
Nynke Claassen
Nynke Claassen

About Nynke
My name is Nynke, I am 21 years old, and I just started my second year of Econometrics and Operations Research. I did not make the right choice of study the first time, but fortunately I have now found the study that suits me! I have focused a lot on other studies, and I understand very well that making a choice of study cannot always be easy. After a lot of follow up days, open days and talking to other students, I finally made the right choice. When making my study choice, I did not focus on what I am good at, but what I really like to do. I found out that the mathematics and economics subjects are my good subjects. I really like studying Econometrics and Operations Research!

Do you have any questions about the study Econometrics and Operations Research, your choice of study or studying in general? Feel free to send me an email and I will be happy to answer your questions!

Femke van den Bos
Femke van den Bos

About Femke
Hi! I am Femke and I'm currently a 3rd year bachelor student of the study Econometrics and Operations Research. Do you have any questions concerning the content of the programme or the differences between this programme and others? Or do you have more general questions about deciding what to study or the student life in Groningen? Do not hesitate to mail me!

Economics and Business Economics
Eva Hesseling
Eva Hesseling

About Eva
Hey! My name is Eva, I am 21 years old and I am in my second year of the study ‘Economics and Business Economics’. I had some trouble finding the right study, but luckily after two other studies, I am finally exactly where I belong! This means that I can help you with questions about the student life and the stress of choosing a study.

E&BE is a study that teaches you about different economic topics. During the study you will find out which topics you like the most. In your second year you get the possibility to deepen yourself into these topics. If you liked subjects like mathematics, economics or management & organisation in high school, there is a good chance this study will fit you well!

If you have any questions about the study (or the stress you get from needing to choose) you can always mail me! I will try to answer your questions and hopefully make you a little more confident about your choice :)

Aniek Elsjan
Aniek Elsjan

About Aniek
Hi! I am Aniek, 22 years old and I have just finished my bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Economics. During my bachelor's degree, I worked for a year as chairwoman of the “Voorlichtingspool” that helps high school students by choosing their degree programme by organizing the so-called “Student for a Day” and Open days. As a result, I have gained a lot of knowledge about all 4 bachelor's programs that the Faculty of Economics and Business offers.

After finishing high school, I knew that I wanted to do "something" in the economy and business world. What exactly? I was not over that yet. That is why I chose this study: because whether you want to work in the social, mathematical or management field later, everything is still possible! In the first year of the study, all kinds of courses are discussed; from marketing to mathematics and management related subjects. On the basis of these courses you can see which field you like most and choose a so called ‘track’ in the second year. This is nice, because you don't have to make a choice right away.

If you have any questions about the study Economics or Business Economics, other questions about your study choice or study atmosphere here at FEB, or if you have specific questions about the differences between the bachelor's programs within FEB, please send me an email! I would like to help you make this study choice a bit less difficult!

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
Eline Spoolder
Eline Spoolder

About Eline
My name is Eline Spoolder and I am a second-year English Language and Culture student. Before starting this programme, I studied to become an English teacher for one year. I like to read (for pleasure), watch a film or series, or play board games with my friends. If I am not in the University Library, you can find me in a pub with a glass of cider!

I chose to study English because I wanted to get to know everything about the English language. I like the fact that it is a mix between linguistics, old literature, modern literature, and proficiency because that way I could get a taste of everything and decide what I want to specialise in. You do not only learn how to write phonetically or analyse poetry, but you also learn how to look at the broader scope of texts, get the history of the English language and literature, and learn how to think critically.

European Languages and Cultures
Marieke Schuitemaker
Marieke Schuitemaker

About Marieke
I had a hard time making the right decision about what to study. At high school, I was interested in almost everything and didn’t have one favourite subject. Consequently, my study-options became very broad. When I started looking for a bachelor, I thought I wanted to do something more technical but I ended up doing something completely different; namely the programme of European Languages and Cultures.

This programme is very broad and gives you the opportunity to learn about politics, linguistics and literature. Besides, you’ll study a language of your choice, in which you’ll obtain a high proficiency level. You can make a lot of choices where to focus on within the program. I decided to do a major in German language combined with politics and linguistics, but you can also choose to study French, Spanish, English, Russian, Swedish or Italian. In the third year you’ll have the option to go abroad for a semester and learn even more about the language you’ve chosen!

After my bachelor, I would like to teach, maybe do a master in political science and I always want to keep learning new languages.

If you have any questions about the program ELC or about choosing the right programme, about not knowing what you really like or if you just need some advice from a study-stress expert, do not hesitate to e-mail me!

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
Hi! My name is Ayşe Rana Özsan, I am 21 years old and I have just begun my second year of the History programme here at the University of Groningen. I came here from all the way across the ocean in Canada and, predictably, I am in the international track of the course. I am an active member in 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. That last hobby has recently been replaced with a lot of TV since the start of the pandemic, of course. My cat, at least, seems to be very happy that I am home more often.

Why History?
History has always interested me as a subject because so much of the world around us can only be fully understood by examining what has lead up to the present moment. I had many other interests before starting university, and in fact, I was majoring in Business in 2018. However, when I realized my favourites courses I took that year were two electives in History, I knew that changing my major was the right choice for me.

Human Geography & Urban and Regional 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'd like to contact a current student in the International and European Law LLB programme, to ask questions, 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. Please write "Request to contact current LLB student" in the subject line.

International Business
Jelle Ozinga
Jelle Ozinga

About Jelle
Some already know it in elementary school; this is what I want to become and this is the programme I have to follow to get there. Well, this was unfortunately not the case for me. It was quite a challenge to choose the right programme so let me tell you how I got there and hopefully this helps you to get to where you want to be.

After a thorough orientation it became clear that I was interested in the international field of study. It seemed very interesting to me to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures. I soon ended up at University of Groningen and the International Business and International Relations and Organizations studies seemed quite interesting. After visiting open days of both studies, I decided to go with International Business because the management side seemed more interesting to me.

However, during the open days I noticed that the information you get often doesn’t tell the whole story. A good tip is to talk to an “expert by experience” (read student), which often provides a more complete picture. This person will also be able to tell you the pros and cons so that you are able to make a better decision and hopefully end up with a good choice.

Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions regarding making a good programme choice, living in Groningen or about 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 second 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!

Alan Farricella
Alan Farricella

About Alan
Hi! My name is Alan, I am 24 years old and I am living proof that if you find what you like, it is possible to start over and actually start enjoying what you are doing. I have been studying something different before 2018, but it was when I started this programme that I found my calling and actually was able to dedicate more time and attention to my studies. As my folks like to say, better late than never. I always have time to dedicate to my student association or to reading a book to relax.

The first thing that struck me about this programme is the internationality and the global approach that this programme has. It is a programme that goes into the issues that I always wanted to have an answer for, like what are the reasonings behind some international issues (terrorism, war, humanitarian action, etc.) or why states act like they do. These two main reasons were the ones that actually brought me to this programme, and I definitely can say that both these two expectations have been met. IRIO is really a multicultural and international programme where you can learn a lot by studying, but also by talking with your classmates and learn about their experiences in their home countries.

Marit Marinus
Marit Marinus


About Marit
Hey! My name is Marit Marinus and I am 19 years old. I am from Groningen and I am now in my second year of the Bachelor International Relations and International Organization (IRIO). I started studying right after finishing secondary school. IRIO really fits my interest, meaning that I have never doubted my choices.

There are a number of reasons for which I chose IRIO. Firstly, I always knew in middle school that I found national and international politics as well as social topics very important and interesting. After I had visited the university through the ‘Student for a Day’ program, I no longer had any doubts. I thought it would be fascinating to learn about a variety of different disciplines ranging from economics to political science. The international side also appealed to me as the study exposes you to a variety of different cultures. Moreover, you learn about world news in the context of your study, which allows you to see global events and the world around you in a different light. Finally, I still hope that I can make the world a (even if only minimally) better place. This study seemed to be extremely suitable for that goal.

Liberal Arts and Sciences - University College Groningen
Deborah Fidder
Deborah Fidder

About Deborah
Hi! My name is Deborah and I am currently a third year at University College Groningen. I have many different interests and therefore I never really knew what I wanted to major in. After graduating from high school I decided to go to the United States for one year. When coming back to the Netherlands I studied at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, majoring in International Communication. I received my propaedeutic diploma and enrolled for the study Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University College Groningen. What I like about the University College is that you are able to form your own diploma, and therefore you can combine all your interests.

The way of teaching at University College is, in comparison to other studies, more practical. Usually I only get graded by forms of presentations, essays and debates instead of exams. During the first year of your studies you live at campus with your peers, and therefore you know pretty much everyone. The building where we get taught (the faculty) is a really nice place where there is always someone to talk to- whether you are coming to study or just to have a cup of coffee. If you have questions about University College Groningen, the bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences, making a programme choice or studying and living in the city of Groningen? Mail me!

Life Science and Technology

About Life Science and Technology
Temporarily there is no student available to answer your questions. But feel free to send an email to the prospective student educator for any questions you might have!

Mathematics
Eline Hoexum
Eline Hoexum

About Eline
I'm 20 years old and I have lived in Groningen for all my life. I'm in the fourth year of my Mathematics Bachelor, planning to graduate this year. Besides studying Mathematics, I have done parts of minors in Philosophy, Education and Classical Languages. I am also active in a student choir, where I have been in the board as treasurer for one year.

If you have any questions about the bachelor's Mathematics or Applied Mathematics in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me e-mail. If you refer the email to me ''Eline'', I will reply!

Laura Oldenburger
Laura Oldenburger

About Laura
Student life might start for you within a few months, very exciting! But before you will start this new stage of life, you first need to make a hard decision: choosing a study programme. Two years ago I had to make the same decision, I chose to study Mathematics and I have never regretted this. Do you have any questions about studying Mathematics or living in Groningen? Feel free to a mail me, I’m happy to answer all of your questions. If you refer the email to me ''Laura'', I will reply!

Media Studies
Anne Pronk
Anne Pronk

About Anne
Hello, I am Anne! I am 20 years old and currently in my second year of the Bachelor Media Studies. In my spare time I work as a freelance filmmaker and music producer. I also volunteer in organizations such as GroenLinks Groningen, USVA, Sandaya and GoodPM. I sing and play guitar and produce my own songs for Spotify and iTunes. I enjoy traveling a lot and have lived abroad on five different occasions. Finally, I love learning languages and I speak Dutch, English, Swedish, and French fluently.

I chose the Bachelor Media Studies since I wanted to study the media landscape on a theoretical level. I had already done a lot within the practical field, but I was even more interested in the underlying lines of thought behind those processes. The study is incredibly broad in the first year, so you can find out what field and direction interests you most. You are going to take philosophical courses that really make you reflect about the role of the media, theoretical courses (which will teach you a lot), creative courses that teach you how to write and create, and practical courses, during which you work with regional companies.

Medicine
Maaike Pijpers
Maaike Pijpers

About Maaike
From the beginning on, finding the study I wanted to do was hard. Halfway through high school I had to choose a more specific direction, do I want to focus more on languages or on science for example. I chose to focus more on economy, but half a year later I made the decision to switch and chose to focus more on science (biology, chemistry, physics). Eventually it turned out to be the right decision, because the studies I like the most, were the once that are focused on science.

During my gap year I did volunteer work and met a medicine student. She was extremely enthusiastic about her study and the volunteer work in the hospital in Afrika. The way she described the study medicine to me, got me thinking: maybe I should take a look into medicine.

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

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
Helena Lupinc
Helena Lupinc

About Helena
Zdravo! I am Helena and I am a second year student of Minorities and Multilingualism. I live near Trieste in Italy and I am part of its autochthonous Slovenian community. As such, I am passionate about topics regarding minority groups and other cultural discourses. I am a member of the M&M Programme Committee, as well as a member of the Multi student association. I write for the Slovenian daily newspaper in Italy and I am part of the newly formed association DM+, which focuses on the cultural formation of young Slovenes in Italy. I like listening to people’s stories about themselves, as there is infinite variety and creativity in them. I am also good at telling jokes, but people tend to say the opposite.

Why Minorities and Multilingualism?
M&M is a programme that depicts at best our postmodern world. It does not only cover topics about minorities and multilingualism, but relates to many other fields of the humanities and social studies. It helps you understand the whys and how’s of today’s society and provides you with the ability to think critically about such topics. We can say that minorities are nowadays a majority, its significance is increasing and we need to be able to address such matters. Being from a minority group myself I want to gain concrete and specific knowledge about minorities and multilingualism in order to apply it to my native context.

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
Mare Dijkstra
Mare Dijkstra

About Mare
If you have any questions about the bachelor's Physics or Applied Physics in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen, send me a mail :).

Merel van Helten
Merel van Helten

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

Sander Bouma
Sander Bouma

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

Rutger Haan
Rutger Haan

About Rutger
My name is Rutger and I'm in the third year of my bachelor Applied Physics. What I really enjoy about the study is that you learn about a broad spectrum of phenomena and how to explain them. If you have any questions about the studies Applied Physics and Physics or living in Groningen, send me an email! If you put "Rutger" in the subject line, I will reply to you!

Psychology
Nynke Blom
Nynke Blom

About Nynke
Hi! My name is Nynke, and I’m a 3rd year psychology student. I’m happy with my study, even though I’ve had some issues with choosing a study. I searched a lot of studies on the internet, I went to open days and ‘student for a day’ activities, and I asked my friends and family for advice. This was a huge help for me!

I realized that I like coaching and teaching. My planning is to work in a company as a coach, recruiter, manager or something in the direction of planning and organization. I’m also considering becoming a study advisor.

Do you have any questions about psychology (or something totally different)? You can always mail me! I’m happy to help you!

Laila Jongsma
Laila Jongsma

About Laila
I found it quite difficult to choose which programme I wanted to follow. I doubted between psychology and international business. Of both studies I participated in a 'one day student' event, and I started a webclass. Eventually I decided that after my final exams I wanted to take a gap year. Mostly because I had the need to do something else than going to school and learn, and I didn't know what I wanted to study. The first months I worked a lot and after that I travelled to South-Eatst Asia for four months. Although I found it really scary, I learned so much, and had a great time.

When I came back home I decided to study psychology, because I had a better feeling about that. I really like the programme psychology and the student life in Groningen. The time flies and I'm already doing the master 'Talent Development and Creativity'.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions, for example about making a programme choice, planning a gap year, the programme psychology, or something else. I'd be happy to answer all your questions!

Louise Eichinger
Louise Eichinger

About Louise
Hello, my name is Louise. I am half French-half German and I am 21 years old. I am a currently in my third year of the English Bachelor of Psychology. I decided to study psychology because since I am little I was always interested in behaviours and people deviating from the norm.

I never considered myself being a scientific person, as my grades in math or biology were never that great back in high school. Hence, I did have some doubts if I would be good enough for this course. What studying for two years now has taught me is, I am capable of overcoming these challenges. This course has taught me that if I work hard enough and stay motivated I am able to achieve a lot. And if I am able to overcome these obstacles, so are you!

Would you like to know more about what studying Psychology in Groningen is like?
Don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail!

Lea Kutscher
Lea Kutscher

About Lea
My name is Lea. I am 21 years old and I started studying Psychology in 2019. So I am in my second year now. All my life, I have always been fascinated with the human mind. So Psychology was always an option for me. However, I was not the best student in High School, which is why I was not sure whether studying Psychology was a realistic option for me. After a bit of travelling and contemplation about what I would like to do, I came to the conclusion that I should at least try it out and see where it takes me. So far, I have managed quite well and realised that it just takes some work and a lot of will-power. And after almost one-and-a-half years, I could not be happier with my choice.

If you have any questions regarding the study; doubts about your study choice or questions about studying at the RUG and you want to talk to someone who is in the midst of it all, please feel free to reach out to me via studyinformation.bss@rug.nl.

Religious Studies
Izzy Collins
Izzy Collins

About Izzy
I have always had a deep interest in humanities and social sciences, but coming into the last year of highschool I found myself torn between what I wanted to study in the next stage of my education. I found myself desperately trying to choose between my favourite subjects of history, art history, politics, religion, psychology, philosophy and a handful of others that would be too long to list. Upon finding the description for the course of religious studies in the University of Groningen, I came to realise that the course encompassed all of these subjects and perspectives I found myself interested in with the common focus of an integral aspect of human society - religion, from a non-denominational perspective.

Coming from a small town in Ireland I looked for the small, comforting and welcoming atmosphere that comes with joining a smaller faculty such as the faculty of theology and religious studies whilst still having the excitement and opportunity of living abroad in a diverse, international student city.

Throughout my first year not only have I been able to study a variety of different religions and cultures, I have learned essential analytical methods and critical thinking skills, as well as many soft skills such as academic writing and presentation skills that will aid me in future education and employment.

After completing my bachelor's, I am hoping to go into spiritual care, but should I find myself as torn as before, religious studies offers a very broad career scope for me to choose from, and the career guidance support from the faculty is sure to help.

If you need help or have any questions about Religious Studies, send me an email.

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
Deborah Fidder
Deborah Fidder

About Deborah
Hi! My name is Deborah and I am currently a third year at University College Groningen. I have many different interests and therefore I never really knew what I wanted to major in. After graduating from high school I decided to go to the United States for one year. When coming back to the Netherlands I studied at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, majoring in International Communication. I received my propaedeutic diploma and enrolled for the study Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University College Groningen. What I like about the University College is that you are able to form your own diploma, and therefore you can combine all your interests.

The way of teaching at University College is, in comparison to other studies, more practical. Usually I only get graded by forms of presentations, essays and debates instead of exams. During the first year of your studies you live at campus with your peers, and therefore you know pretty much everyone. The building where we get taught (the faculty) is a really nice place where there is always someone to talk to- whether you are coming to study or just to have a cup of coffee. If you have questions about University College Groningen, the bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences, making a programme choice or studying and living in the city of Groningen? Mail me!

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