What is studying in the Netherlands like?

Oct. 12, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

Euroleague, Final Four in Barcelona in 2011. I was in a restaurant with my dad and randomly, two Greeks were sitting next to us.

We started talking to them and they told us that they had studied in the Netherlands and that they were currently working in Amsterdam.

They were very happy and excited about their quality of life. As the Netherlands is in the center of Europe, they could travel frequently to different countries which is something they really enjoy. So, they shared their experiences with me, and since then I started thinking: Why not studying in the Netherlands?

I searched for universities, I visited them on open days and I then I knew. I knew that this is the place where I would want to study.

Having said that, along with the crisis in in Greece, the tuition fees and living in the Netherlands, was a more economical solution.

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Studying in the Netherlands vs UK

Although I wanted to study in Holland, I wasn’t accepted at first and so I went to study in the UK. There I studied social sciences for a semester.

However, I wasn’t satisfied with neither my degree, nor the country. I have always been a creative person who loves the arts. So, I decided to take a gap semester and look for other alternatives.

Searching for universities to study fine arts in the Netherlands, I found out about “ Creative Media & Game Technologies “: it was love at first sight!

Advantages of Studying in the Netherlands

I would say that this degree is unique. I certainly did not find it elsewhere when I was looking for universities and degrees – at least not under the title “art and technology” – or Creative Media & Game Technologies , as the course is called nowadays.

It is a general degree, which prepares you for the real world. In fact, our professors present us some problems, and through our project, we have to come up with creative solutions.

Therefore, we gain knowledge through real experience: we use different programs, we use different approaches, techniques and materials, we come into contact with companies.

This is what makes this particular program special to me.

A Truly Practical Experience!

Last year I had to create an interactive object which I could use as a business card.  I believe that by using experiences to retain and apply knowledge, one can achieve more effective learning.

To explore this concept, I am keen on creating dynamic learning experiences both in and out of the classrooms using interactive activities. So, I made a painting that depicted some of the gods of Olympus.

I used a special paint, known as “conductive paint”. When someone touches a god, he can hear myths and sounds from the symbols that associated with him.

The best part of all this was that I came into contact with the company that produces this paint in London and I shared my work with them. They liked it so much that they decided to publish it on their website: Bare Conductive .

What is the difference between University and University of Applied Sciences?

Colleges (or universities of applied sciences) are often considered “Worse” than universities. In reality, however, this is not true.

Whether one chooses to go to college or university has to do with what suits him/her the best.

In the Netherlands, there are two categories of universities:

  1. the most academic universities, which are more theoretical (research university)
  2. University of Applied Sciences, which have a more practical – problem based approach, like Saxion.

For me, Saxion was the best option because it suits me perfectly.

I want to create things, I want to feel like I’m working in a company, I want to learn by doing and not just by reading theory.

If you are like me, get ready for a journey full of adventures and hard work from which you will gain amazing experiences!

Studying in the Netherlands as a Greek

Surely one cannot compare Greece to the Netherlands!

The climate is very different, as well as the food and the people. This, however, is not necessarily a bad thing.

Surely, the weather is something that I often miss, but then I think: the weather here is better than England, it could be worse.

Most of the time it’s sunny here, but it also has very cold days with snow and rain. What I definitely miss is a pastitsio and a souvlaki .

The Dutch are not famous for their cuisine, so if I had to give a tip to someone, it would be: “Start cooking lessons”!


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