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Life changing
Tecla C
Italy, Graduate
Anthropology, 2019
Overall
Dear reader,

Here a short string-of-thought on my time as a Master's student at the UvA following the programme in Contemporary Asian Studies.

The Master's in Contemporary Asian studies opened up my view culturally and socially to new worlds, different than my own - the ones I grew up with. Especially during my fieldwork in Taipei, Taiwan. 

The programme itself doesn't exit anymore unfortunately but being part of the Anthropology faculty one could end up in a similar trajectory following the anthropology programme. The contents of the courses Global Asia - Key debates, Qualitative research methodologies, Youth, media and popular culture (of Asia), and, Gender and development; can be found in a similar anthropological and development studies courses. A pleasant aspect of the study was that it also had a visual option for the thesis: namely, an ethnographic documentary paired with a written text as a thesis option. Personally, I opted for the classic ethnographic written thesis.

All anthropology Masters are in English and the Master's students come from diverse backgrounds, even if primarily Dutch. The staff is very international though. This is a pleasant glocal mix, at least for me. 

The anthropology faculty is a pleasant place to stay and study: it has the wonderful capacity of making you feel at home for that's a part of the study itself. As long as you make an effort to go and sit and roam there: which is fine, voyaging across the faculty is more than permitted!

This is also needed seeing the pace and the workload of a Master's degree. Especially if like me there you have other aspects in your life that demand great attention. Yet, I felt at home and supported through all of it; as long as you clearly communicate your situation and needs.

If you go to the UvA do stop by CREA Café: it's by far the chillest place to sit and have a drink! At CREA itself you can also follow any artistic, cultural or even professional courses there - at a cost of course -  to explore an artistic discipline of your choosing but also to start a trajectory in them whilst studying. Many student associations have their common room there as well. The common room of the study associations are at the ground floor of the main building of the Roeterseiland. 
An important point is that the building on the opposite side of the canal houses the library! It's useful to know where it is... If you are serious about your studies. 

I can't say much about Amsterdam's soccial life since I lived in Leiden but I had a good time with my classmates. All in all I'm more than glad for the experience! Life changing is a euphemism.

Best,
Tecla
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Pros
Quality of the study, opportunities for fieldwork, friendly and open staff
Cons
Risk of 'plagiarism' accusation if you have written a bad essay while being ill, UvA Roetereiland is for most part a maze
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Life changing
Tecla C
Italy, Graduate
Anthropology, 2019
Overall
Dear reader,

Here a short string-of-thought on my time as a Master's student at the UvA following the programme in Contemporary Asian Studies.

The Master's in Contemporary Asian studies opened up my view culturally and socially to new worlds, different than my own - the ones I grew up with. Especially during my fieldwork in Taipei, Taiwan. 

The programme itself doesn't exit anymore unfortunately but being part of the Anthropology faculty one could end up in a similar trajectory following the anthropology programme. The contents of the courses Global Asia - Key debates, Qualitative research methodologies, Youth, media and popular culture (of Asia), and, Gender and development; can be found in a similar anthropological and development studies courses. A pleasant aspect of the study was that it also had a visual option for the thesis: namely, an ethnographic documentary paired with a written text as a thesis option. Personally, I opted for the classic ethnographic written thesis.

All anthropology Masters are in English and the Master's students come from diverse backgrounds, even if primarily Dutch. The staff is very international though. This is a pleasant glocal mix, at least for me. 

The anthropology faculty is a pleasant place to stay and study: it has the wonderful capacity of making you feel at home for that's a part of the study itself. As long as you make an effort to go and sit and roam there: which is fine, voyaging across the faculty is more than permitted!

This is also needed seeing the pace and the workload of a Master's degree. Especially if like me there you have other aspects in your life that demand great attention. Yet, I felt at home and supported through all of it; as long as you clearly communicate your situation and needs.

If you go to the UvA do stop by CREA Café: it's by far the chillest place to sit and have a drink! At CREA itself you can also follow any artistic, cultural or even professional courses there - at a cost of course -  to explore an artistic discipline of your choosing but also to start a trajectory in them whilst studying. Many student associations have their common room there as well. The common room of the study associations are at the ground floor of the main building of the Roeterseiland. 
An important point is that the building on the opposite side of the canal houses the library! It's useful to know where it is... If you are serious about your studies. 

I can't say much about Amsterdam's soccial life since I lived in Leiden but I had a good time with my classmates. All in all I'm more than glad for the experience! Life changing is a euphemism.

Best,
Tecla
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Pros
Quality of the study, opportunities for fieldwork, friendly and open staff
Cons
Risk of 'plagiarism' accusation if you have written a bad essay while being ill, UvA Roetereiland is for most part a maze
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Gavin G
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
have plenty money saved; live in a shared apartment; choose subjects other than what you have studied at your home uni- the range of subjects on offer was fantastic, the political science and urban studies courses were superb
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
if you are considering erasmus or an exchange you must go to Amstersdam Uni- the experience is one you'll never forget
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
take plenty money or have it saved- you end up traveling more than you expect! be prepared to share your room, i was apprehensive at first but it worked really well and saved me a great deal of money the study is important but I gained a great deal form the social experience and the people I met
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Irene V
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really, I could handle the new environment pretty well...
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
The campus of the UvA are spread through out the city, be prepared to bike!
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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
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Holland is a small country: you can discover many cities on one day trips. Night life in Amsterdam is great and there are lots of museums, markets, etc. You can also travel in Europe since they are centrally located. Be prepared to go everywhere by bike: rain, snow...doesn't matter! It's really fun :) But most of all, be open minded to learn new things about other cultures and languages.
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Milena A
Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Linguistics, Graduate, Independent
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish to had known that you have to apply for the Dutch courses in the beginning very quickly.
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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
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
As far as I can judge from the experience that my fellow students made is the University of Amsterdam overall a very recommendable exchange and Master university. But make sure to check if the courses you want to attend also really correspod to what you want to do.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Amsterdam is very centrally located. A trip to Utrecht, which is a very nice and cosy city, takes max. 30 minutes by train. Use the closeness to the sea in the summer. Zandfoort op Zee is also only 30 minutes by train away.
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clemence r
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle: Paris III, Paris, France
European Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
well, no big surprises!! you just have to like company a lot, because you're always surrounded with other international students!
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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
2
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Try to look at the courses from the ISHSS. They have more choice and you can get to them through the UvA. I actually followed my courses there.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Don't freak out! You have tough moments, but that's how life is. And that's what you do there, you fully live (and, also work!Dutch teachers are demanding!)it is not just fun..
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