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Kristine Peršina

Kristine Peršina

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Country of origin: Latvia
Study course: Bachelor in Political Science

Why did you decide to study abroad?
I am a person who always seeks to push my own boundaries. I have been taught that it’s important to be able to step outside the comfort zone and be challenged with something one is not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge is going to help one to expand its horizons in the professional as well as personal aspects. I strongly believe that studying abroad is much more than an academic learning, it is about a new environment, meeting new people, diving into the kaleidoscope of different cultures and many other aspects, which, therefore, give you a possibility to learn more about your personality itself! That is what I was striving for.

What made you decide on this university?
I believe my choice was highly dependent on the course I would like to attend, the Political Science and the University of Amsterdam fulfilled my wants to a great extent. The international atmosphere, the vibrant and enjoyable lifestyle Amsterdam city appears to its inhabitants and visitors could not leave me indifferent as well. The university’s ranking in general, as well as the rankings of the political science course itself, is one more confirmation of the high-level education and professional approach provided by the University of Amsterdam. I strongly believe that I have chosen to the right place for fulfilling my personal dreams and achieving the settled goals.

How is your experience of studying abroad?
It is vital to note, that being a student at the University of Amsterdam is not my first experience of studying and living abroad. As a secondary school student, I had an opportunity to study in the language schools in England, afterwards, my first experience was reinforced by the three years of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Denmark.
The opportunity of being the part of the international environment provided me with an exceptional experience regarding the distinctive teaching methods, the different approach to the students unusual to my country of origin as well as in terms of meeting and finding a common ground with the new people from all over the world. Studying abroad has definitely changed my life to a great extent and has challenged me many times, however, I have no regrets choosing to continue my education abroad and I am grateful for such an experience.

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
The University of Amsterdam is doing its best in preparing the leading professionals in the different directions as well as provides its students with everything needed for studying to make the studying comfortable and enjoyable: the access to the libraries, the multiple study locations within the university, the professional faculty, the updated studying methods, multiple study programmes and the associations for personal development as well as leisure time. If you are an ambitious, motivated and hard-working student – The University of Amsterdam is definitely the right place for you!