“After completing my PhD in urban planning at an Italian university, I decided to change my field of research to psychology. I contacted several universities if I could start a Master’s degree with my current background. When I reached out to Radboud University, their response emphasized they welcome people with different backgrounds. Other students also told me the environment was very supportive and collaborative. When I came here, I experienced that first-hand and was very happy with my decision. Moving to a new country can make you feel quite rootless, but at Radboud University, I felt welcome and supported.
When I started my PhD, I was happy to experience the same degree of support and collaboration. There is much kindness and emphasis on working together towards performing high-quality research, that I’m ending many meetings with happiness and excitement. The level of English on campus and in Nijmegen is very high, which makes life much easier for an international. I have also never felt that my gender or nationality plays a role in how I am professionally or personally evaluated, which I highly appreciate. Now, I am building roots in Nijmegen. I’m feeling comfortable here, and I would like to stay for a longer period."