Alex Williams

Alex Williams Radboud University

University: Radboud University

Course: Research Masters in Philosophy

Home town: Birmingham

1. Why did you choose to study abroad?

When I was looking for a Master’s course I first looked only at the UK, but several friends encouraged me to look at courses in Europe. The more I thought about it, the more I could see a real benefit to studying in a different culture and getting a different perspective on things. Taking into account the quality of education in the Netherlands, the range of courses offered here in English, and the financial side of things, it was an easy choice in the end.

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

The application process was great. Because the course is a Research Masters I had to contact the department first, rather than just filling in forms online. It made things feel a lot more personal and well considered.

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

I didn’t have time to prepare well for my move to the Netherlands, but it’s a very easy place to live and to get around so I didn’t feel overwhelmed when I got here.

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

I think that Radboud University has a really excellent approach to teaching and learning. Groups are never too large, participation in discussion and research is hugely important, and I’ve found the Academic staff to be extremely friendly and accessible. There’s an openness to interdisciplinary research that I find really exciting too. The quality of English is extremely high, communication has never been an issue so far.

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

I would recommend studying abroad to anyone and everyone. Living in another country and finding out how the people of that country think and the way they see things is both an amazing experience and a fantastic advantage to have in life. Even somewhere like the Netherlands where some things are superficially similar to the UK - so many things about the country are totally unique. Wherever you go next you’ll be looking at things in a totally different way.

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

I’m really enjoying studying in Nijmegen. It’s not a huge city but it has a big student population, which means there are always interesting things going on. Also it’s in a great location for visiting other parts of Europe, not just the Netherlands. As for my course - it’s exactly what I was looking for. Everyone has their own criteria for choosing a course, but I would certainly recommend Radboud University to British people looking to study abroad.