I chose to spend my Erasmus year at the University of Groningen because I wanted to attend a world-ranking university with a strong international feel. After speaking to older students at my home university who had spent their own Erasmus year in Groningen, it was clear that the city was extremely student friendly which, coupled with an excellent Faculty of Law, made my decision to come here easy.
My studies in the Faculty of Law have been very enjoyable and interesting. I have taken a range of courses which incorporate international and comparative elements, from private law to criminal law. The lecturers are extremely knowledgeable about their subject area, as well as approachable should I have any questions about the content of the course. I have also had the opportunity to select certain subjects from the Masters programme, allowing me to gain a deeper insight into the subjects I have enjoyed over the past two years of my Bachelor degree. I would not have had this opportunity at my home university, so this has been a particular highlight for me in my undergraduate career.
The city itself is lovely, big enough that it has everything one might need, but cosy enough that it is easy to get around by bike. The fact that there are multiple universities and higher education institutions means the city has a very student friendly vibe to it, with plenty of cafes, pubs and clubs to complement a hard day of studying. Getting involved in different student societies and sports clubs is a great way of meeting new people, and there are plenty in Groningen to suit all kinds of interests. I have had the opportunity to join the Nexus Student Association, Amnesty International student group, Gica student choir, as well as making the most of the excellent fitness facilities at the ACLO. The university campus facilities are also excellent and well-situated in the city centre, with a great value cafeteria and coffee-bar, as well as a brand new university library.
It is already evident that my studies in Groningen has put me in good stead for the future. Studying certain Masters courses, such as Comparative Property Law, has helped me to narrow down and plan the focus of my final-year dissertation to a comparative study between Dutch and Scots property law. Additionally, as I am currently in the process of applying for summer legal internships back in Edinburgh, it is evident that graduate employers hold an exchange year in high regard, as I can demonstrate valuable skills that I have developed during my time here. Overall, I would highly recommend Groningen to prospective Erasmus students. You will have the best time here, with unique opportunities to develop yourself both personally and academically, and you will have fun whilst you do it.
Grant McGregor , Scotland, Erasmus Exchange Student
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