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International students meet the Faculty of Science

At the OWL faculty day about 150 newcomers met their fellow students and had a chance to check out the study and research facilities at the Faculty of Science. The OWL introduction week is specially for new international bachelor’s and master’s students at Leiden University.

After a warm welcome by the Vice Dean, Professor Han de Winde and Yasmin Kursun of the Faculty’s International Office the students went on a tour of the Gorlaeus Building to meet study coordinators and study associations. We asked some international students what their experiences at OWL have been so far:

Anja (Germany) and Hengyi You (China)

Anja: 'I wanted to study abroad. The Research and Development specialisation of the Master's programme Life Sciences and Technology was exactly what I was looking for.'

Hengyi You: 'The Bio Science Park is well known and offers me a lot of (job)opportunities in the field of Life Sciences and Technology. I combine my MSc LST with the specialisation Science Based Business.'

'Yesterday was the first day of the OWL. We did a city tour, visited De Burcht and did some games with fellow science students. We had a great time.'  

Rafa (Mexico), Zehni (Syria), Nicolo (Italy)

Rafa: 'I wanted to study in Europe, far away from Mexico. I looked into the database for exchange programmes at my own university. The courses at Leiden University were interesting and offered me a lot of options.'

Zehni: 'I choose for the master ICT in Business, it is a unique programme. Besides that, Leiden University has a good reputation and it is one of the oldest universities in the world.'

Nicolo: 'I wanted to do a two year Master’s programme. That’s one of the reasons I choose for Leiden. Leiden is a lovely typical Dutch city with it's canals. It is located nearby Amsterdam and Schiphol (airport).'

Niki (Greece) and Max (Germany)

Niki: 'We both chose Industrial Ecology because of the programme. It is a relatively new research field.'

Max: 'Not many other universities offer a programme like this. I had to choose between two universities and choose for Leiden.'

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