“Why I came all the way from India to Radboud University to pursue a PhD in physics? What attracted me were not only the one-of-a-kind setups, but also the focus on constantly pushing the limits of the research and upgrading the equipment. When I came here, the open and friendly attitude of the Radboud community made me feel welcome, especially during the pandemic. The frequent contact with fellow PhD candidates meant we quickly became friends. I’m also learning about new cultures every day, because my colleagues come from many different countries.
Coming to Radboud University as an international has been super easy. I was fully prepared to learn Dutch, but I realised everyone’s English is great here. Because of this, I never had an adjusting phase. It took me a while to pronounce ‘Nijmegen’ correctly, but I love the city. Everything is nearby, and if you have a bike you can go anywhere. The city centre is always bustling, but as soon as you step outside, you’re back in a calm environment. As someone who spent a large part of his life in big cities, this is a very welcome change. Because of the interesting research, the constant innovation and friendly atmosphere at Radboud University, I’m excited to progress in this unique environment and see where it takes me.”