Maria Teresa Tabares Niño - Panama Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
I was drawn to Groningen because of its reputation for being excellent for international students; the option to take my classes in English was also a big 'plus'. I am particularly interested in the scientific approach of studying religion, as well as studying religious practice and the significance of belief within communities; and the course here 100% meets my expectations.
The classes are incredibly interesting and the overall environment is very friendly to international students, whilst the professors are both knowledgeable and approachable...
My lecturers have been careful to critically present arguments from across academia and within both Religious Studies and other subject areas; it’s great to get a taste of various disciplines.
My course is structured progressively, so everything meshes together and builds to allow a deeper understanding of the content - instead of having five overview classes at once! The professors here encourage students to develop critical thinking, they always encourage questions and they have tried to give us the tools necessary in conducting our own research, too, which is great.
Outside of studying, Groningen is a lovely city, it is small enough to feel cosy and yet has a great social life. It really epitomizes the Dutch idea of ‘Gezellig!’. I love being able to bike everywhere and Groningen is a very young and active city with a vibrant mixture of culture, shopping and nightlife.
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