The courses are challenging, but at the same time give you the
opportunity to delve deeper into your topic of interest. Also, the
courses are a preparation for your thesis, which I find really
Within the Master’s programme, there is a lot of freedom of
choice: in the second semester we have the option to study abroad
in East Asia, to do an internship or to follow another research
seminar. You are supposed to work hard for the Master: besides
taking part in the intensive classes, it takes a lot of time to
prepare the seminars and study the theories of International
Relations as well. Nonetheless, I do not find the study load is too
heavy: due to good time management it is possible to do something
extra besides the study.
I have chosen for the University of Groningen because their
Master’s programme allows me to expand my knowledge about the
Asian region in general, in addition to my knowledge about China.
Also, I am really interested in International Relations, so for me
this programme brings together the best of both worlds. I am
originally not from Groningen, but I feel at home here. It is a
friendly, cozy city, “gezellig” as we call it in Dutch.
The city centre is small, which allows you to bike around and get
to know the city very easily. I am very happy to study here, and I
would definitely recommend the Master if you are interested in
International Relations and East Asia!