Discover what life is like as a master’s student in the Netherlands...
After gaining a degree in biology from the University of Athens, Christina Ferousi decided her next step would be a master’s degree at a foreign university.
When it came to choosing where to go, she wanted somewhere with a research-focused environment, an interesting lifestyle and high-quality teaching.
Having been focused on developments in the biology field, she was already aware of the world-class reputation of Dutch universities, and so she chose Radboud University.
Here, Christina tells us why she made that choice and what it’s like to study in the Netherlands.
Choosing Radboud University
"I specifically chose the master’s degree in biology offered by Radboud University due to the flexible curriculum that one can easily personalise.
"Aside from a few obligatory courses that cover current trends in biological research, I was free to participate in any of the courses offered, not only by the faculty of science but even beyond this.
"I grasped this opportunity and followed a dedicated laboratory animal course, explicitly designed to provide participants with the relevant certificate that is essential for all researchers involved in animal experiments."
Strong focus on research
"What intrigued me the most in my studies here was being actively involved in research, from the scope of the internships I had to undertake.
"Since I have always had a preference for microbes as the model organisms to be used in research, I joined the microbiology department of Radboud University. There I conducted two highly educative and challenging research internships."
Great preparation for a PhD degree
"During the course, I became acquainted with various molecular techniques and discovered my affection for biochemistry.
"The large-scale equipment available in the lab and the instructive supervision helped me build a solid fundamental and experimental background that qualifies me for a future research career.
"After having experienced the daily routine of a researcher, I am convinced this is the lifestyle I would really like to live. My next career step is to pursue a doctorate degree, further enhancing my academic competences and staying involved in the field of biological research."
Living in Nijmegen
As for Christina’s arrival in Nijmegen, she admits that it took some time to adjust to her new surroundings, especially to the Dutch weather, which is a hard task for a south European.
However, following the advice of experienced people already living in Nijmegen about local customs and places to go helped her during the first couple of months.
"That is generally the case for all issues you might encounter when you first arrive in the Netherlands. Locals are always willing to guide you and give you priceless advice regarding all daily matters."
Meeting people from all over the world
"Nijmegen is a relatively small city and might not give you the feeling of being that international at a first glance, but the university offers you the opportunity to get to know people from all around the world.
"In my case, I had the luck to join a broadly international circle of people with whom I enjoyed a lot of different activities; from picking oysters at the beach to visiting interesting and picturesque Dutch cities.
"When the demanding educational level of my studies would restrict my leisure time, I could always enjoy just meeting up with friends for international home-made dinners or beer-tasting in the city center.
"All in all, I would say that Nijmegen is a small and friendly city very suitable for someone who wants to stay focused on their studies and enjoy an easy lifestyle."
Find out more about Christina’s master’s in biology or one of the 34 other English-taught master’s programmes at Radboud University.