Going to the Netherlands was the best decision I ever made. I learned so much about myself, others and different cultures that I never would have been able to experience otherwise. Of course, it is a challenge moving to a completely new country, knowing not many people and having to live within a different cultural context, but this experience made me much more independent and confident. I feel like I can do pretty much anything by myself now, which I never would have said before going abroad. I would absolutely recommend going abroad, to Nijmegen especially, but to anywhere, because of how many great experiences are available to you that would not be otherwise. Dutch people are extremely laid back and friendly and I made many friends while I was abroad. I will always remember the trips, experiences and friends I made during this experience. I will also always remember how much I grew over those four months. 10/10 would absolutely recommend!
This is an opportunity to experience culture that you will never find in a classroom. The ability to experience all of the beauty of the world, and the different cultural differences that make us who we are has infinite value. Personally, I believe that this unique look on independence and freedom is a factor that has the potential to positively impact the rest of my life. I was able to incorporate values from other cultures to help find myself, and begin to realize what brings me the most spiritual fulfillment.
The best part about studying abroad is the people you meet. You will make life long friends and that can happen anywhere you go. If Radboud has a lot of classes that are interesting to you and help you earn credit at UD, I would definitely encourage you to study abroad in Nijmegen. The Netherlands is a great country, especially for people with no other language skills. The people are nice, the program is mostly well done, and it is so easy to travel to other places from the Netherlands. I definitely miss it already!