Testimonial Poppy

Poppy is a student from the University of Glasglow. Last year, she studied at the Faculty of Law at Radboud University.

Arriving in the NetPoppyherlands
When I arrived in August, I got to take part in the orientation week – a fun week of activities, getting to know the city and other students. I’d definitely recommend taking part, it was a great way to get stuck in, for the city to start feeling like home and I made some of my closest friends in the first week! I stayed in SSH accommodation in the Talia complex by the station; I found it to be very comfortable and a great location next to the centre and train station.

Studying at Radboud
I study law and so I spent most of my time at the Grotius building as almost all of my classes were there, so my go-to study spot was the law library – quiet and peaceful to work in! As there were so many spots on campus for studying, I preferred to get work done there rather in my room, and that way I would meet friends for lunch or a break too. Although I enjoyed all the many courses I took at the faculty, my favourites were International Arbitration, EU Public Procurement Law and Various Branches of International Law.

Outside of studying
In my free time, I was a member of Trajanum Basketball Club with the NSSR. The ladies on my team were so lovely and welcoming, and I think sports is the best way to meet Dutch students and friends since many international students are in classes and live with other international students. I loved playing in the Dutch league to get a flavour for how it’s done in other countries and travelling all around the Netherlands to play matches.

Netherlands compared to the UK
I go to the University of Glasgow in Scotland normally and I found the biggest change in academics was the style of examination – sitting exams in the Comenius Building was totally foreign to me as due to Covid, I had only ever sat take-home, essay-style exams. Outside of academics, I found the public transport to be far superior to that of the UK, which is something I’ll definitely miss going forward!

Summary
When I think about my year at Radboud and in the Netherlands, it is characterised in many ways: biking with my friends around the city; parties at Hoogeveld; studying in the law library; taking trips around the Netherlands to other cities; food shopping at Jumbo; cooking dinner together with friends; finding a new bar or restaurant to try out (my favourite was PAAK vinyl bar!). Overall, I had an amazing time and I know I’ll miss the Netherlands and the friends I have made so much!