“The lectures have a good dynamic, the lecturers are very involved and their English helps me improve mine”
Name: Patricia Dominguez
Study Programme: Artificial Intelligence (Bachelor)
“Groningen is a great place for international students. I started with a semester here as part of my first studies, Law and Economics, and returned for the bachelor programme Artificial Intelligence. There are plenty of places that define themselves as 'academically oriented', but Groningen really offers an involving university atmosphere.
There are so many committees, study-related activities, sports clubs, extra-curricular courses and even a welcoming week. Thanks to the ESN (Erasmus Student Network ) there also is a thriving community of international students.
The Dutch are very open and helpful, but it is essential to have other international students around. Especially when it comes to bureaucratic issues, like enrolling at city hall, signing up for exams or finding a doctor. It helps to talk to people who are going through the same things. I've made sure to be part of several different student bodies and groups, so that I can help guide other students. It's a lot of work, but being a pivot within the university makes me feel like this city really is my home.
The Netherlands have a very curious, open and accepting society. As soon as you realise that everyone here is away from their home, even the Dutch, it's easy to find common ground and make friends. I live with other Dutch students and was recently invited to go sailing with one of them, and I've even met their parents. I feel lucky to be able to keep in touch with my own family and friends at home so easily thanks to social media and video calls. It has made it a lot less scary to take the leap.
Although I already knew the city from my initial semester, I was a little hesitant about starting a full-blown bachelor. The university offered me the chance to get my math level up to scratch over the summer so that I would qualify for the programme, which made me a little nervous about whether I'd be able to pass my classes. Fortunately, Artificial Intelligence is right up my street. The lectures have a good dynamic, the lecturers are very involved and their English helps me improve mine. It is a tough subject that takes a certain commitment, but that truly pays off.
I read a very interesting quote in one of our readers, that has stuck with me ever since: 'Artificial Intelligence is one of the newest fields in science and engineering. (…) A student in physics might reasonably feel that all the good ideas have been taken by Galileo, Newton, Einstein and the rest. AI, on the other hand, still has openings for several full-time Einsteins and Edisons”.
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