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    Hi! I am considering transferring to either U of Groningen or U of Amsterdam next year. I am currently in 2nd year uni in Canada but would enter 1st year in the Netherlands. I speak afrikaans so I think it will be fairly easy for me to pick up Dutch. What is it like for an english speaking student to make friends and become immersed in the social life if you don't speak dutch? Which do you think would be a better option for me? I have never been to Groningen, but my cousin lived there for a year and loved it. I really want to live in the Netherlands and continue my degree there. But I want to have a really good social experience, as english speaking which school would be better for me to go to for making friends? Can you still be involved with student society's if you don't speak dutch? Thank you for any replies! x
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    Hmm, I don't have any specific answers but perhaps the University of Groningen rep could help? Also check out the Studying in the Netherlands subforum, there is a lot of information there.
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    Dear Snufkin, thanks for tagging us! Of course we're more than happy to provide a little bit more information.

    annadb, great that you've already narrowed down your options already. In general, the Netherlands is very international-student-friendly. Everyone speaks English, so you will not have any issues getting around, striking up conversations and making new friends along the way. Of course we can only provide you specific information with regards to Groningen, but our students here have never had an issue finding their spot within a group of friends and student organisations. Seeing as there's almost 5000 international students studying at the university, there's a lot of people like you, and looking for friends. I would not worry at all, if I were you.

    With regards to the difference in city Amsterstam - Groningen; Amsterdam is just a much bigger place. Busier, more traffic, etc. More a metropolitan city. Groningen on the other hand, is a little smaller, 'gezellig' (do you know that word? Look it up!), with lots of nice parks and 25% of the entire population student; it's a very young city! Amsterdam is a wonderful city too, it's just what you prefer.

    We hope this helps; if you have any more questions of course we'd be happy to help!
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    Dear Snufkin, thanks for tagging us! Of course we're more than happy to provide a little bit more information.

    annadb, great that you've already narrowed down your options already. In general, the Netherlands is very international-student-friendly. Everyone speaks English, so you will not have any issues getting around, striking up conversations and making new friends along the way. Of course we can only provide you specific information with regards to Groningen, but our students here have never had an issue finding their spot within a group of friends and student organisations. Seeing as there's almost 5000 international students studying at the university, there's a lot of people like you, and looking for friends. I would not worry at all, if I were you.

    With regards to the difference in city Amsterstam - Groningen; Amsterdam is just a much bigger place. Busier, more traffic, etc. More a metropolitan city. Groningen on the other hand, is a little smaller, 'gezellig' (do you know that word? Look it up!), with lots of nice parks and 25% of the entire population student; it's a very young city! Amsterdam is a wonderful city too, it's just what you prefer.

    We hope this helps; if you have any more questions of course we'd be happy to help!
    Wow thank you so much for your reply! It is so helpful and reassuring to know that not speaking dutch will not hinder the experience! I plan on learning if I get to go to university there!

    We have the same word as gezellig in Afrikaans but it is spelled gesellig! The languages are so similar sometimes!

    I do have a few questions, I am hoping you can help me with. Since I am transferring from another university what are the grade requirements for acceptance? On the website I could only find information on high school requirements. Also is it more difficult to be accepted as a transfer even though I would be entering year 1 as well? Thank you for your help!
 
 
 
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