Matt Harris

Matt Harris Groningen StudentUniversity:University of Groningen

Year:1styear

Course:Psychology (Bachelors)

Home Town in UK:Plymouth

1. Why did you choose to study abroad?

My initial interest was due to the lower tuition fees but as I researched the university further I realised what an exciting prospect it would be to challenge myself by studying in a different country.

2. How would you rate the assistance of the university before you arrived (the application process, finding accommodation, sorting out financial matters)?

Very helpful, there is a lot to learn at first but once you grasp the basics then everything else falls into place quite easily!

3. How would you rate the assistance of the university when you arrived (orientation etc)?

Again, very helpful - It was easy to tell that the university has extensive experience in dealing with international students.

4. Did you feel prepared when you arrived and/or what surprised you?

Not really initially, but I settled in quickly! Not much surprised me, other than the number of German students here!

5. How would you rate the learning environment (teaching style, studying with other international students, non-native English speaking lecturers)?

The teaching style is in general very good, and it is great working with international students, because you find yourself making friends with a really diverse range of people.

6. Would you recommend studying abroad to a 17-18 year old Brit who might never have thought about it before?

Definitely! 100%

7. Is there anything you wish someone had told you at the time you applied?

I heard that you need to obtain a 7 in order to be able to do a Master’s qualification back in the UK, and it would have been useful to know that beforehand.

8. Would you recommend your course, university, city to British students?

Yes, the city of Groningen is very pleasant, the course is interesting but challenging, and the university is also very good.

I have absolutely no regrets about choosing to study in Holland and I would recommend it to anyone. 

The above photo is with some of my housemates, who are from different countries all over the world. I am in the top right!          

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