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Political Science

Eli Aldridge

BSc in Political Science

'Here at the University you can tailor your experience to suit your tastes and the course allows you to express yourself whilst giving you the foundations for further success.'

What motivated you to come to Amsterdam and to this programme?

The programme offers a broad overview of political science in the first year, allowing you to find your feet and your forte. For someone who knew they liked politics but wasn’t sure where they fit in the world of political science, this course presented a firm grounding on which to build upon. To study in Amsterdam - a truly international city - was a strong pull for me as well, its a beautiful place to live.

What have been your first experiences (unexpected, difficult, fun, personal, content lectures etc.)?

For me, the immediate and obvious effort to make us feel welcome and integrated came from the study association Machiavelli. The University made me completely at ease with the prospect of moving to a different country. Whilst I had some trouble adapting to the Dutch way of life, particularly in administrative areas, I always found help and advice when needed. I found the lectures accessible, the content interesting and the lecturers to be of a high quality.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m still not sure where life will take me, but already the Political Science course has helped shape my future as I will be looking to specialise in Public Policy and Governance in my second year. I’ve been active in politics for several years prior to University and I’m sure that will continue post-degree. I want to be in a position to help people, and this course for me offers the credentials and knowledge to further that aim.

What would your recommendations be for others who may be thinking about doing Political Science in Amsterdam?

Go for it! It is a wonderful student city full of friendly, diverse people who will enrich your life and your studies. Here at the University you can tailor your experience to suit your tastes and the course allows you to express yourself whilst giving you the foundations for further success. I hope to see you next year!