I am thinking of applying to Leiden Univ-International Relations and Organisations but I have a few questions:
1. Is not speaking dutch a problem?
2. Did you manage to find a job while studying?
3. Have you managed to make friends? I heard that all dutch students are crazy about drugs and alcohol which isn’t that greay for me😂
4. Do you think you’ll be able to find a job once you finish uni? Are there a lot of career prospects? I’m worried I’ll be jobless after I finish studying which would really suck
Thank you so much!!!
Also, if there is any student willing to spare me a few minutes I would be eternally grateful!!!
Leiden univ-undergrad questions watch
- Thread Starter
- 22-10-2017 20:10
- 22-10-2017 20:16
Hi, I'm not a student at Leiden uni so I can't help you with everything, however here's a few things
1 - I don't think not speaking dutch is a problem! Most people in the netherlands speak english very well, especially university students
3 - Honestly it's just a stereotype that dutch students love drugs/partying. Like of course there is some drinking culture, but I don't think it's worse than in UK universities
Hope that helps!
- Thread Starter
- 23-10-2017 06:39
- Community Assistant
- 24-10-2017 01:10
1) From talking to Dutch people and expats in the Netherlands, it's seen as ok to not speak Dutch before you come but you should be reasonably fluent within 1 year. (given how similar Dutch is to English, this is a bit easier than you may think).
2) I don't know much about this one but from what I remember you should be ok as long as you go for tourist facing jobs, for everything else you will be hugely disadvantaged by the lack of Dutch, until you reach a good level of proficiency in Dutch obviously.
4) The Dutch universities are quite well respected, I couldn't see you having any more problems than a graduate from a UK university, if anything you would have a good advantage, being so close to The Hague.