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Hey guys - I am trying to decide whether it would be better for me to study in the UK (probably Scotland) or in the Netherlands. I would be thankful for any useful information you have from personal experiences, concerning academics as well as student life. I am looking at university colleges in the Netherlands and universities like St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Durham, UEA and Warwick in the UK. I am interested in courses such as liberal arts, geography and development studies.

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Are you from the UK? Knowing a bit more about your background, subjects currently being studied and you future aspirations might help people advise you better.
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(Original post by Breward)
Are you from the UK? Knowing a bit more about your background, subjects currently being studied and you future aspirations might help people advise you better.
No, I'm from Germany I study the IB and my higher levels are geography, biology and psychology. I'm not exactly sure what I want to do in the future, but maybe something like working for an NGO, the UN etc. I am just looking for some advice, perhaps from people who have studied at the places I've mentioned on what it is like there; pros and cons.
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It will certainly be cheaper to study in the NL than the UK. The University colleges look excellent, especially with the scope to create your own degree from 'a menu'. If you are interested in becoming an NGO, University College of Amsterdam offers an interesting unit called 'Peace Lab' where student and their lecturers go to Kosovo for a month to learn about the conflict and the peace solution.

Leiden's 'International Relations and Organisation' might be an alternative to a University College. The one advantage the university colleges offer is guaranteed accommodation for the whole of your course. Lots of international students seem to be finding searching for accommodation in the NL really hard.
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Also note that students at Dutch universities are allowed to (for free, but not always for credit) take courses from other universities. I am a current student at University College Utrecht and I have taken courses at other universities and can answer questions about that process if you would like

Also a bit of shameless self-promotion: UCU offers a development field course in East Africa and lets students complete their thesis in Aruba if their topic would benefit from it (usually development, geography, or economics students)

In general, I would recommend looking at university colleges if you are looking for a challenge, as they do carry a higher workload (longer breaks but same amount of credits means more work hours per week in termtime) and/or if you like the idea of developing more than one field of study (which implies breadth rather than depth, usually depth then comes from a masters or work experience)

Leiden University College the Hague is also a really good option if you are interested in anything remotely political (like development studies)
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