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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN)

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4.10 / 5 based on 360 reviews
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Kirstie
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, Independent
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
2.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Dutch
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Dutch a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Dutch
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your Dutch?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
My understanding of Dutch improved a lot thanks to my lectures being in Dutch. However, it was difficult to practise my spoken Dutch as the students and locals all wanted to show off their English rather than speak their native Dutch.
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Kirstie
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, Independent
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
The accommodation was far cheaper than my room in Cambridge. The phone was shared so I didn't use it as much. The nightlife was far better than at home so I went out more often. I could cycle to university so that was free.
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Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Telephone, Housing, Travel, Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Kirstie
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, Independent
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I was in the Netherlands to improve my Dutch so I was allowed to take any courses I liked. The Japanese history course was very good, as were the Japanese language lessons in the evening.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
I didn't need any specific grades to 'pass' the courses and so I couldn't participate in the homework. A lot of work, including essays, was done on a group basis rather than individually. Some of the international students found it hard to get used to this.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Kirstie
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, Independent
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
There were 50 people trying to use the same phone - a bit of a nightmare at times!
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
I think it's good for law, and it's one of the top six universities in the Netherlands.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
1
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Apply for your housing early. There are 5 international student houses and they are very popular.
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Kirstie
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, Independent
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
'De Zolder' ('The Attic') is memorable for its unique atmosphere and interesting beer. For a more mainstream night out, there are quite a few nightclubs on the main street. I rate 'Het Feest' as a fun place to go.
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Kirstie
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, Independent
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: International student house
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Opportunity to meet students from all over the world. Good social life.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I was lucky to get a room where I did. The demand for accommodation exceeded the places available.
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