Mihaela Panayotova is a first-year International Communication student at Hanze UAS. She is originally from Bulgaria and is now experiencing studying abroad for the first time. We have interviewed her about these experiences, which you can read about below.
Why did you decide to study in the Netherlands?
During high school I took part in different international programs and projects, like the Comenuis project. All I wanted was to study abroad after my graduation.
I wanted to broaden my international experience by studying in an international environment. That is why I decided to come and study in the Netherlands, in particular in Groningen.
What do you like the most about the International Communication programme so far?
The thing which I like the most is the international atmosphere. My classmates are from all parts of the world. It is also great that we can put the theory we learn immediately into practice. We study about different cultures and we have the opportunity to apply our knowledge. I found so many international friends. When I graduate I would love to work in an international company.
How was the transition from life in Bulgaria to living in the Netherlands?
It was difficult in the beginning. I needed a few weeks to get adapted to the life in Groningen, to live alone and become independent. Now I have a lot of friends, really nice roommates and great colleagues.
What do you like about living in Groningen?
It is in the heart of Europe. You can travel so easily to many other countries in just a few hours. Groningen is an international city, full of students from all over the world. The nightlife is amazing and unforgettable.