In August 2015, I came to Groningen from Buenos Aires to start a
Master in Philosophy at the UG. One of the things I appreciate most
here is the fact that each professor is devoted to every discussion
with true interest, putting their minds and passion in relation to
authentic philosophical enquiry.
The philosophical interests I have may differ a lot from the
ones my fellow students have. This is not a problem: Groningen
philosophy students are given freedom and are encouraged to follow
their own interests, teachers offer advice and flexibility. You may
start doing courses that will broaden your knowledge about certain
areas or authors, and then focus in what your intellectual appetite
is calling for.
It is likely that you will meet people with similar interests
very soon in Groningen, even if they study at a different Faculty.
The city functions as an exchange field of information,
connections, friendship and ideas: because of its medium size and
its high amount of students you will receive a lot of unexpected
interesting stimulus, not necessarily in relation to your academic
background, which may inspire you.
Even though you can speak English thanks to the fact that almost
every Dutch person knows it very well as a second language,
it’s worthwhile to pay some attention to the Dutch language.
It has beautiful words that you may fall in love with.
‘Wijsbegeerte’ (a traditional way of saying Philosophy
in Dutch), which can be translated, just like Philosophy, as
“desire for wisdom”.