Ian S., Netherlands, University College Maastricht (Communication)

ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? At University College Maastricht I took a variety of courses. Many of the courses I took were upper division Communication courses. I was also able to fulfil GE courses in area F, G, and Writing. Overall I took over … More Ian S., Netherlands, University College Maastricht (Communication)

Laura P., the Netherlands – Utrecht University (English and Film & Media Studies)

Studying abroad in Utrecht, NL was the best decision I’ve ever made! It has helped me grow tremendously in all aspects of my life, all while having fun discovering a new world!  wACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB?  I took only electives for my two … More Laura P., the Netherlands – Utrecht University (English and Film & Media Studies)

Haley M., Netherlands, Maastricht University: Psychology and Neuroscience Program (Psychological, Brain Sciences, and Communication)

ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I took all upper division psychology and neuroscience classes while abroad. Two of the classes I took were less intensive than my courses at UCSB and two were about the same. The main difference is that many of my … More Haley M., Netherlands, Maastricht University: Psychology and Neuroscience Program (Psychological, Brain Sciences, and Communication)

Jane D., Netherlands – University College Utrecht Fall 2018 (Sociology & Feminist Studies)

Growing as a person through experiencing a new culture and traveling a new continent! ACADEMICS 1. What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? During the DCL program, we were among UC students where we had classes from 8 am to 4 pm, with an hour-long lunch break. … More Jane D., Netherlands – University College Utrecht Fall 2018 (Sociology & Feminist Studies)

Ana A., Netherlands – Utrecht Univ. (Biological Sciences)

Aspiring healthcare professional studying at the number one university in the Netherlands ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I was able to take my upper division biology classes abroad, which count towards my upper division units. The class sizes were smaller (25-60 students) and the … More Ana A., Netherlands – Utrecht Univ. (Biological Sciences)

Jasper T., Netherlands – University College Maastricht (Psychological and Brain Sciences)

As cliché as it sounds, studying abroad was an experience that I’ll never forget, because it opened my eyes to new people and cultures and revitalized my love for learning. ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? While abroad, I took 2 upper division major classes … More Jasper T., Netherlands – University College Maastricht (Psychological and Brain Sciences)

Hannah Ornellas, Netherlands, Univ. College Maastricht (Environmental Studies)

What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? I was worried that it would be hard to make friends in such a temporary situation, but living in an international student dorm really helped. Everyone was looking for friends and only staying a short while. It was also … More Hannah Ornellas, Netherlands, Univ. College Maastricht (Environmental Studies)

Britney Bulah, Netherlands, Utrecht University (Environmental Studies)

1. What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? My biggest fear was being away from my family and best friends for so long! I was also worried about living on my own and finding new friends as well as adapting to the weather and lifestyle in … More Britney Bulah, Netherlands, Utrecht University (Environmental Studies)

Kevin Beyer-Netherlands, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (Economics)

1. What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? Maastricht University uses a different style of learning known as Problem Based Learning, which looked to be an interesting style for some classes but I was worried about how it would work for my economic major classes. Fortunately, … More Kevin Beyer-Netherlands, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (Economics)

Lucy Zimmer-Netherlands,UCU (Global Studies and French)

1.  What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? My biggest fear going abroad was not speaking any Dutch. I was very fortunate that  most people in the Netherlands speak English as well as Dutch, and my classes being taught in English helped me feel more comfortable in … More Lucy Zimmer-Netherlands,UCU (Global Studies and French)