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Frederik Wermser, Germany, Ambassador 2013-14

1. What are you doing now, after finishing your studies in Groningen?

After I finished my Research Master in Social Psychology at the University of Groningen, I decided to stay in Groningen and at the University for another 4 years. I am now a PhD-candidate in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

2. How was it to be an international student in Groningen?

I think, the fact that I decided to stay in Groningen already tells a lot. I really love the city, its international and student vibe.

3. How did studying in Groningen change you?

I am convinced that for me studying in Groningen as compared to enrolling at a University in Germany made an enormous difference. Most importantly because it set the basis for an international lifestyle and attitude. In my current job as a PhD-student I switch between speaking English, Dutch and German multiple times throughout the day and I have friends and colleagues from all over the world. This provides a wealth of perspectives on the world not many people are able to experience.

Moreover, studying in Groningen laid the foundation for my current job. My PhD-project is about an integration of Dutch and German army units - a topic I can fully relate to and better understand because of my personal experience of having lived in the Netherlands as a German for more than 7 years. I would never have gotten this position, if I wasn't fluid in speaking both Dutch and German.

4. Would you have suggestions for dos and don'ts for new international students in Groningen?

In my opinion, the single most important thing to do - to make the best of your time in Groningen - is to learn Dutch. Especially if you re from Germany it is easy enough to learn the basics. I did the Dutch bachelor of psychology which allowed me to make many Dutch friends and to relate to the Dutch culture. I think that it is because of this effort to integrate, that I now feel at home in the Netherland and might stay in this country for many more years.

Frederik Wermser
Frederik Wermser
Last modified:09 November 2017 12.26 p.m.