Maria Beatriz Grilo Mendes
NOVA School of Business and Economics , Lisbon, Portugal
Country of origin: Portugal
Study course: Master in Management
Why did you decide to study abroad?
The wish to study abroad comes from my love for traveling. Studying abroad allows you to really get to know a new culture and traditions. You are immersed in a new environment and discover a completely new country. I really wanted to experience this.
What made you decide on this university?
I’ve chosen the VU Amsterdam to do my Erasmus programme mainly because it is in Amsterdam, but also because of the mindset and message they transmitted. You are encouraged to do more than just be present in the lectures. They make you think for yourself and let you say what is on your mind.
How is your experience of studying abroad?
Studying abroad is a big achievement. It is a great opportunity to get in touch with people from all over the world and you learn to study with a different academic system. It has been very challenging and I’m growing a lot. Amsterdam is a city that inspires my sense of doing and learning more. I really value that when I’m travelling. Dutch people can be really direct but until now I have experienced this in a good way. They are very helpful and have a great level of English. Unfortunately I did not really improve my Dutch language skills.
Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
Not only we have one of the best weather in Europe, but in Lisbon, we are also very welcoming. We are known for our beautiful beaches, Pasteis de Nata and sardines. What else do you need?