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Student Testimonials

Luis E. Juárez
Luis E. Juárez

Luis E. Juárez

"Hi! My name is Luis E. Juárez. I am a physician from Mexico City. I came to live in the Netherlands to get my PhD degree in medical sciences. My reasons to learn Dutch are basically 2: one professional and one personal.

Professionally I want to become a cardiologist and practice in the Netherlands. I want to understand all my patients’ complains and discomforts. Personally I consider that the best way to understand another culture is to speak its language.

I consider it as a sign of interest and respect and I have seen that Dutch people appreciate. Still practicing is quite difficult since everybody can speak English.

Up until now, I really like Groningen and the Dutch culture because I consider that values like honesty and openness are very important. Finally, I love the balanced life that Dutch people try to maintain."

Cortlyn Schmitz
Cortlyn Schmitz

Cortlyn Schmitz

"My name is Cortlyn Schmitz and I am from the US. My husband is a historian and he found a job at the university. I use the language every day: for my work, at my son's school, in the shops, in my head! Because I can speak and understand the language, I feel more a part of society and less like an outsider.

Groningen is a great small city! You can easily go everywhere by bike. The city has everything that you need and you can quickly reach the countryside and nature.

I am the leader of a Dutch-language nature-immersion program for preschoolers that I created myself."
Xuefei Knoester-Cao
Xuefei Knoester-Cao

Xuefei Knoester-Cao

"I am Xuefei Knoester-Cao and I’m from China. I came to the Netherlands to study, and after that I worked in both China and the Netherlands. I now work as a policy advisor for international relations and I’m also the Director of the Groningen Confucius institute. Learning Dutch wasn’t all that hard, although perfect mastery is very difficult to achieve. I use Dutch at work and at home, and I also read in Dutch.

Language is culture, and I think it is essential to feel and understand the Dutch culture because I live here. My background in two cultures allows me to see things from more than one perspective. I very much enjoy working and living in this beautiful city and am happy to be able to contribute to this interesting university with my own experience as an international student and foreign staff member. My knowledge of Dutch also means that I am able to enjoy my social life more."

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