Taylor, from Singapore and Taiwan, is a Bachelor's student in Business Administration.
Country: Singapore and Taiwan
Study programme: Business Administration
Programme type: Bachelor’s
I chose the UvA because of its flexible course structure and international study environment. So far I am happy with my choice because the UvA has turned out to be better than what I thought.
My programme includes the opportunity for students to select specialisation in their third year. They can also choose to do an internship, study abroad or take a minor, applying theories into practice or further extends knowledge.
I used to feel shy and awkward expressing my opinions in classes, but the open and welcoming environment in UvA made me feel comfortable speaking up. There are lots of class discussions and group assignments where I can learn from my peers.
Compared to my previous education, the UvA has a large number of students. I was surprised at the beginning when I found out there would be around 700 students in my programme. I also find it interesting to sometimes have lectures in fancy theatres and local churches as I have never experienced that in my previous schools.
The vibrant and multicultural environment is what I like most about Amsterdam. In addition to making friends from different countries, the diversity of food here makes me feel less homesick. I can always find food from my home country.
On the other hand, one thing I still struggle with living in Amsterdam is biking. As a beginner-level biker, I have difficulties cycling in Amsterdam’s traffic. Sometimes, bikes, cars and trams all share the same road, which can be dangerous if I am not cautious enough.