Malak, from Egypt, is a Bachelor's student in Political Science.
Study programme: Political Science
Programme type: Bachelor of Science
I was actually never intending to study in the Netherlands as the U.K. was always the plan for me but, one of the main reasons I applied to the UvA was due to its excellent rankings and the fact that its situated in one of the most beautiful capitals in the world! It’s a very renowned university acknowledged both in Europe and on an international level. Dutch culture was also something completely foreign to me and so, it was an exciting thought to be in a completely new place and call that home for the next three years!
Studying at the UvA has definitely been challenging as the Dutch learning culture is intense, but the professors are really passionate about the modules they teach which makes attending lectures and surviving the workload more tolerable. There are also a wide variety of student associations and societies which provide trips and organize events so you can definitely find one which suits you – it’s also a great way to make friends!
Amsterdam is truly one of the coziest and friendliest places I’ve ever visited or lived in! It really is hard to not fall in love with everything it has to offer. Although its vastly different to my previous home cities, Abu Dhabi and Cairo – that makes living here all the more exciting!
There are always countless events throughout the city which are bound to meet your interests. ‘Dutchies’ are also always eager to interact with international students, which is great as they’re the best source for any questions or worries you may have. But the one thing I’d say is that the weather here is the most unpredictable thing you will experience so never leave without an umbrella/raincoat!
Take part in every activity because that’s the easiest and fastest way to not only get acquainted with university but also to form your friendship group through such societies and events. So don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone!
Make use of the discounts and perks available for students in terms of sporting facilities, transportation cards (ISIC), museums, shopping, restaurants and events.