German student Sarah Pirk and Spanish student Jaime Mas Lafuente have been taking part of their study programmes at the School of Computer Science since September 2008. They chose to do this because the content of the course appealed to them, but also because they thought it was important for their personal development to live and work abroad for a few months. Jaime and Sarah are both in the third year of their study programmes. In these six months they are learning more about the business side of ICT within the ITSM specialisation.
Studying in Groningen has been an extremely positive experience for them, particularly the contact with fellow students and tutors. "People here are so open", say Sarah and Jaime. Jaime really likes the abundance of live music that the Groningen nightlife has to offer. Sarah is impressed by the bars in Groningen whose dancefloors make them half-bar, half-club.
Sarah and Jaime also have some tips for other students who are thinking about studying abroad: carefully research the options available, find out how well the two systems fit together, because they are often very different, start looking early on for somewhere to live, and take a language course.