Maiko Meguro from Japan is working on her PhD at the Amsterdam Center for International Law after graduating in Public International Law in 2016. She also works for the Japanese government.
Maiko likes the atmosphere in Amsterdam: ‘There are so many people from different countries here and it is great to exchange views with such a variety of perspectives. What I really liked about studying at the Amsterdam Law School was having easy access to the great legal scholars who work here, including professors. The scholars are very close to students, not like what I am used to in my country.’
‘I love the architecture,’ Maiko says, looking around appreciatively on a sunny autumn afternoon. ‘The buildings around here are just so beautiful. Plus, Amsterdam is close to The Hague, where the international courts are. That is definitely an advantage for a programme in international law.’
Maiko found a student room by herself, through a website. ‘It is just outside of the city centre,’ she says, ‘so it is not so very expensive. I have also noticed here that small groups of students rent apartments together to share the costs.’
‘You have a lot of autonomy here, nobody will tell you when or how to study. But if you want to keep up, be prepared for reading a lot.’