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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!

Su-Elle Kamps
Su-Elle Kamps

About Su-Elle
Hi! My name is Su-Elle and I have been studying in Groningen for five years now. I can help you with question about the (Applied) Mathematics degree, but also more general questions about making decisions and student life in Groningen. Feel free to send me an email with any questions you have!

Simone Kockelkorn
Simone Kockelkorn

About Simone
Hi! My name is Simone Kockelkorn and I'm almost finished with my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. Do you have questions about what it is like to study (Applied) Mathematics in Groningen, or are you curious to know what the life of a student looks like? Feel free to contact me anytime!

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.

Julian Putman
Julian Putman

About Julian
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 ''Julian'', I will reply.

Art History
Jade Dijkstra
Jade Dijkstra

About Jade
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.

Artificial Intelligence
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
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.

Fimke Anna Gilliam
Fimke Anna Gilliam

About Fimke Anna
If you have any questions 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 ''Fimke'', I will reply.

Biomedical Engineering
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!

Sven Broekman
Sven Broekman

About Sven
Second year master student Chemical Engineering with a background in both bachelor's Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. If you have questions about these bachelor's, making a study choice or studying and living in the city of Groningen? Email me 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!

Sven Broekman
Sven Broekman

About Sven
Second year master student Chemical Engineering with a background in both bachelor's Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. If you have questions about these bachelor's, making a study choice or studying and living in the city of Groningen? Email me 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
Kaleigh Smilda
Kaleigh Smilda

About Kaleigh
My name is Kayleigh Smilda and I am 21 years old. I am currently in my third year studying Communication and Information Studies and I am also following the Minor Middle-Eastern Studies, which I really like! I have been living in Groningen for two years now and besides studying, I love to dance and sing. As a job, I am teaching dance to children, which I absolutely love!

Before I started studying CIS, I studied Communications at a university of applied sciences for a year. After I finished my propedeuse, I began studying CIS at the RUG. This was a logical step for me as I really enjoyed studying Communications before. However, I experienced the focus of the technical university as slightly too practical and I missed challenges within the program. On one of the open days, I learnt that CIS had much more of a focus on language and research than the technical university did, which really appealed to me. I also thought it was important to choose a course in which I could make good use of my qualities, and as I had always been good at writing and presenting, I thought it would be nice to further develop those skills during my studies.

Luise Leis
Luise Leis

About Luise
Heya, my name is Luise, I am 22 years old and originally from Germany. I am currently going strong in my second year of Communication and Information Studies. Studying obviously takes up a good part of my time but not enough to make me miss out on the various great aspects of student life in Groningen. I am part of two improv comedy groups, I like being creative and trying out new sports at ACLO, and I love exploring the city, e.g. on walks. I also work next to my study, as part of the D-Team and as a babysitter.

It took me quite a while to figure out what I wanted to study, but in the end I landed on CIS because it is an interdisciplinary study with aspects from fields such as marketing, linguistics and sociology. The foundation for everything in the study however is language, which will reappear in almost everything you do and which I find very interesting as it shows just how quintessential the ways in which we communicate are for every aspect of life.

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
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
Douwe Wiersma
Douwe Wiersma

About Douwe
When I had to choose a study I really didn’t know where to start. So many different studies to choose from.

When I was on high school, I was always interested in economics. So I decided to focus on the economical studies at the RUG. After visiting several open days I thought that I knew what I wanted to do, Business administration. But after my first year I found out that I wanted to develop my English skills a bit more and that an Enlish study would help me aquiring this. Eventually I swapped to Economics and Business Economics.

Although I didn’t choose the right study immediately, I don’t have any regrets of my year at business administration. I learned so many skills in this year that are usefull in the daily life. I also found out that Groningen certainly is the place to study for me in this year. It’s just always full of cosiness and there are so many fun associations to join.

Feel free to email me with a question about the study and I will get back to you.  

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
Iris Leussink
Iris Leussink

About Iris
Hey there! My name is Iris, I’m 20 years old and a second-year History student. I follow the international track of the History programme, so I do all my courses in English. I am originally from Utrecht, but now I live together with two of my friends in Groningen. Next to my university course I am also part of the Honours programme, and I am quite active in the History study association, GHD Ubbo Emmius, where I am currently in the Study Committee. I also really like sports, in the last year I have really enjoyed running, playing beach-volleyball, and swimming. Lastly, I work as a student ambassador so I can give aspiring History students information about what studying History in Groningen is all about.

In Groningen, the curriculum offers a lot of room for specialising in and focussing on the fields you are interested in, which really attracted me to the programme. Next to that, I found that studying History offers a wide variety of job prospects; whether you want to make a career as a researcher, politician, teacher, or whether you want to work for a national government, international organisation, or company, studying History will be a good start to any of those careers, and many more.

Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning
Hendri Nijborg
Hendri Nijborg

About Hendri
Hello! My name is Hendri and one of the student ambassadors for Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning. I am currently in the second year of the studies. You might be interested in studying HGP as well, but full of questions. If so, feel free to contact me and ask all the questions you have, I am very willing to help you .

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
Floor Verwijs
Floor Verwijs

About Floor
Hi! My name is Floor and I recently finished my bachelor's in Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Groningen. I am very enthousiastic about this programme because of the nice combination of technological problems in a business context. Besides my studies, I am a very social person and I enjoy meeting all kinds of people. 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!

Gijs van der Veen
Gijs van der Veen

About Gijs
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!

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 send an email to studylaw rug.nl. Please include your name, nationality and current year of study in the email.

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!

Britt Oude Lenferink
Britt Oude Lenferink


About Britt
If you have questions about the bachelor International Business, making a programme choice or studying and living in the city of Groningen? Mail me!

International Relations and International Organization
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 Organisation (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
Meintje de Vries
Meintje de Vries

About Meintje
Hi! I am Meintje and I’m 24 years old. I studied Life Science and Technology and am currently in the master programme Biomolecular Sciences, also at the University of Groningen. If you have any questions regarding studying Life Science and Technology in Groningen feel free to send me a mail!

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!

Su-Elle Kamps
Su-Elle Kamps

About Su-Elle
Hi! My name is Su-Elle and I have been studying in Groningen for five years now. I can help you with question about the (Applied) Mathematics degree, but also more general questions about making decisions and student life in Groningen. Feel free to send me an email with any questions you have!

Simone Kockelkorn
Simone Kockelkorn

About Simone
Hi! My name is Simone Kockelkorn and I'm almost finished with my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. Do you have questions about what it is like to study (Applied) Mathematics in Groningen, or are you curious to know what the life of a student looks like? Feel free to contact me anytime!

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
Erandi Guerrero Mavrou
Erandi Guerrero Mavrou

About Erandi
Hello, my name is Erandi and I am studying Minorities and Multilingualism. I am half Mexican and half Cypriot. In Cyprus I acquired an obsession with reading and writing while Mexico taught me to appreciate the visual arts which is why I love painting. However; I have also spent a few years in Spain which drew me into the world of flamenco and now after thirteen years of dancing I have come to consider this more a part of my identity than a hobby.

Minorities and Multilingualism is not a program you hear about very often; this makes sense considering how it is focused on aspects, which are often overlooked in societies. At school my geography teacher taught us that there are around 68 indigenous languages in Mexico; all in danger of being forgotten even though several of their speakers yearn to pass them on to the next generations. I hoped that this program would help me understand how this happens and which are the best approaches for it. I have learned a lot from my study and it has also led me to even more questions which keep me interested.

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.

Julian Putman
Julian Putman

About Julian
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 ''Julian'', I will reply.

Psychology
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!

Lukas Westphal
Lukas Westphal

About Lukas
Hi, I am Lukas and I am in my third year in the English psychology programme. I still remember very vividly how difficult it was for me to leave my hometown and to decide where to study psychology. In hindsight, it should have been the easiest decision ever. Groningen is a very welcoming and young city, shaped by its rich student culture that has had me in its grip ever since. If you are looking for a city to live your student life to its fullest or if you want to become the next Sigmund Freud –Groningen will not disappoint you! Want to no more? Just send an email. If you refer the email to me ''Lukas'', I will answer you as soon as possible.

Iris Esbach
Iris Esbach

About Iris
Hello, my name is Iris and I am currently a Psychology student! I remember finding it a difficult decision what I was going to do after highschool. I chose Psychology for the varied course collection, meaning that I would learn about Social psychology but also about Clinical psychology. Whilst also being in an international environment! Feel free to email me and ask me anything!. If you refer the email to me ''Iris'', I will answer you as soon as possible.

Religious Studies
Lena Tolboom
Lena Tolboom

About Lena
When I finished high school I knew what I wanted and what not. I wanted to take a gap year and travel, instead of continuing my studies right away. In the first half year I worked as an assistant-nurse, and the second part of the year I travelled through Thailand and China. During these travels I have learned what it is that interests me, what I find important in life, and what I wanted to study. For me, my gap year was incredibly valuable. On my journey, I realised that I have a strong internal drive to understand people. I had always been interested in other people, cultures, and religions, and these were returning themes on my travels as well. For example, I once observed visitors of a Taoist temple in Chengdu, China for over three hours, because I was interested in them and wanted to learn about them.

When I found the BA in Religious Studies in Groningen I was convinced right away. The faculty has a great atmosphere and a personal focus, which made me feel welcome from the beginning. Also, this study offered me the chance to occupy myself with religion and culture, to orient myself internationally, and to develop an analytical perspective that will definitely be benevolent in my future. In my first year already, I had the opportunity to participate in an excursion/internship to India for two weeks, where I learned how to do anthropological research, and I got to know several regions and communities there. Also, I took the chance to live in a Humanist Buddhist monastery in Taiwan for a month, in the summer holidays between my first and second year. I did these things next to my normal subjects, so they were extra-curricular activities. I am very grateful for the amazing opportunities that are offered at our faculty.

After finishing this bachelor, I would like to enrol in the master intercultural communication. I would end up advising, mediating, or coaching. There are many possible future prospects after finishing the BA in Religious Studies, it all depends on the master that you will choose and the fields and topics that you would like to specialise in.

Does this sound interesting to you? Feel free to email me, as I will gladly share my experiences and enthusiasm with you.

Spatial Planning and Design
Floor Kortman
Floor Kortman

About Floor
If you have any questions about the bachelor Spatial Planning and Design in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen send me a mail.

Julian Freriks
Julian Freriks

About Julian
If you have any questions about the bachelor Spatial Planning and Design in general or questions about living and studying in Groningen send me a mail!

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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