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Hallo from Maastricht, The Netherlands!

I have been in Maastricht for just over a week now and I have already fallen in love with this beautiful little city in the south of The Netherlands, right next to the Belgium border. When deciding where I wanted to go on exchange, I wasn’t sure whether to choose a big city like London or a small student town, and now that I have spent some time exploring Maastricht, I couldn’t be happier with my decision! The people are really friendly, it’s easy to get around by foot or by bike and every street you turn down is so quaint, it feels like it should be on a postcard. There are also so many old churches and monasteries that have been converted into all kinds of things, including lecture theatres, bookstores and gyms. I even found out the other day that people buy the old churches and live in them!

I am staying in building C of the guesthouse (Brouwersweg 100). Since this building is only for exchange students, it is really easy to meet people from all over the world who are in the exact same situation as you, having left home to study in a foreign city. There are communal kitchen and living areas in building C so you can easily get to know the people living around you as you’re bound to run into someone in the kitchen or when walking through the corridors. It’s also only a 20 minute walk to the city centre or the School of Business & Economics, however after arriving in Maastricht, I quickly realised that everyone rides bikes. There are people of all ages riding bikes all over the city; because of this, there are few cars and buses on the roads – this was so surprising to me coming from a busy city like Sydney. I recently bought a second-hand bike so I’m looking forward to truly embracing Dutch culture and riding my bike around everywhere.

I will be studying within Maastricht’s School of Business & Economics, where I will undertake a few management and marketing subjects as part of my Business degree. Since I focused on accounting and finance during my studies at UTS, I am excited to learn something new in my last semester of university. Maastricht University uses the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method in their tutorials, which I am looking forward to experiencing next week when classes start. From what I understand of PBL so far, it is where students are expected to lead and actively participate in tutorials, with the tutor only stepping in where the students start to go off track.

After such an amazing first week in Maastricht, I can’t wait to find out what the next 4 months will bring. Feel free to email me at 12554883@student.uts.edu.au if you have any questions!

Vanessa Klepac
Bachelor of Business
Maastricht University
The Netherlands

For more information about the UTS Global Exchange program please visit: www.global-exchange.uts.edu.au

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