Studying in The Netherlands

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In expat stories you’ll read about the different experiences expats have had while moving to the Netherlands.

Studying in the Netherlands


My name is Katrina, I'm a 20 year old IMEM student who moved from Latvia two years ago. I’m going to share my story with you from deciding to take the chance on Holland to officially studying in The Netherlands. My adventure started in Latvia, on a summery day, in my hometown Ventspils..



My hometown
My hometown Ventspils has about 40.000 inhabitants and  a crazy amount of cows. The weather is never really quite hot there, but at least it is very spacious, like the country side. We also have a nice beach, an old steam-train and  lots of statues of  cows. What else. Our mayor (Lembergs) is quite the symbol and the people there love him.  That’s a funny story though...

The mayor and his holy cows
The legend goes as follows, our mayor is known for his money laundering but people don’t really care. Their belief is that every politician steals.  And that at least ours gives it back to the people!  All the cows are also an initiative from our mayor. The story goes that it started when he went on holiday to India where cows are holy. The town thinks he placed the cows to somehow compensate for crimes and result in good karma.
Or at least that's how the story goes.


Quality of life
I love my hometown but I needed a change. I saw the Netherlands as this Utopian place where people are always happy and ride their bikes all day. So I started looking around for possibilities to start studying in The Netherlands. I found the IMEM course at InHolland University and decided to try the English test before deciding anything permanent. And thankfully, I passed! Things were getting real! Next week I’ll tell you about what happened next..  

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