Week of the International Student | Interview with Dutch student Julia Liemburg

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Every year many international students come to the Marnix Academy for a minor or for an internship. This week is the Week of the International Students and that is why we want to highlight some of these international students to hear about their experiences at the Marnix!

In this edition we asked Dutch student Julia Liemburg why she decides to study abroad in Spain. 

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨 𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬?

My mother has lived abroad for 1.5 years. She has stimulated me a lot. And it seems to to be a good experience for myself to become more independent. Everything in the Netherlands is structured and well organised. In Valencia this will be very different. I also think Spain is a very nice country. I like to have a goal during her time abroad, to study and to get credits. Erasmus+ is a great opportunity to take advantage of!

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬?

I would like to make new international contacts. I realize that I also have to do my best to get to know new contacts. You get out of your comfort zone and become more independent. I would like to become more flexible and I can develop that skill well there.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨?

I am especially looking forward to meeting new people. I also want to learn the Spanish language. I really want to be part of the Spanish culture, really spend six months in another culture and get to know it. In this preparatory phase I also taught a lesson about Spain in her internship class. That was very nice!

𝐖𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬?

Yes, you have to arrange a lot yourself and you learn a lot from that. You immediately learn to communicate with the destination. That takes some getting used to. If you want to go abroad, don't let others stop you. It really is a chance for yourself!

More information?

Please contact internationalisering@hsmarnix.nl if you have any questions about studying abroad at the Marnix Academie.