Haylee, from New Zealand, is a Research Master’s student in Communication Science.
Country: New Zealand
Study programme: Communication Science
Programme type: Research Master’s
I decided to stay in the Netherlands for my Research Master’s at the UvA as our faculty is ranked second in the world for Communication Science, and there are excellent opportunities to pursue a career in research having followed the programme here.
Dutch universities are held in high regard around the world for the quality of education they provide - this was a big factor in my decision to study in the Netherlands.
The weather could be nicer but I really enjoy the arts and cultural activities on offer here - there is literally something for everyone, no matter what your interests are! People are friendly, laid back and very open minded, so making friends is quite easy.
Another plus is that Amsterdam is well connected to pretty much everywhere in Europe. It's very easy to travel from here, and quite affordable to take weekend trips.
The support staff are very approachable, and the quality of teaching is second to none. The motivation of fellow students is also very impressive, and this really comes through in the quality of class discussions.
On top of that, my programme is very international, and it’s refreshing to engage with both students and lecturers of different backgrounds who can lend alternate perspectives to my own.