The multidisciplinary approach of UCR excited me, and the idea of living in an international environment really caught my interest compared to other Bachelor’s degree programs I was looking at in my last year of VWO. Though my Major is comprised of the Economics, Statistics & Human Geography tracks, I have followed courses in History, Political Science, and Antiquity as well, which allowed me to look even further than the Social Science department – this would not have been possible at most other Dutch programs.
I think the small classes used in UCR, with 25 students at most, are very valuable, as the small-scale approach allows for interaction that often goes beyond discussions during class. For example, the course that I have enjoyed the most so far is ‘Money, Banking & Finance.’ In this course we got the opportunity to manage a virtual bank in groups of three, where we had to maximize its share price and compete against other teams. Though it may not have had real life consequences, this approach allowed us to apply theory in a practical way.
Of course, UCR is not just about academics, and there is more to see beyond the classroom. My favourite place in Middelburg is Common House Elliott. Here, UCR students meet up to study together in the Study Lounge, have a cup of coffee or a sandwich in our Mensa, or, perhaps most importantly, go out in our own Downstairs Bar. It really brings the UCR community together. If I want to escape the UCR, I like to go to the Archives to study or, mostly, enjoy the free coffee.
"The multidisciplinary approach of UCR excited me, and the idea of living in an international environment really caught my interest compared to other Bachelor's degree programs."