Being an exchange student from Spain is an incredible experience that should be available for everyone, since it is so enriching it goes beyond just the academic matters. In my case, the Erasmus Programme has allowed me to live in Leeuwarden for a semester and to plunge directly in the Dutch education system, which is a world apart from the Spanish.

Written by: Tomas O’Rilly Gallardo

In my opinion, the Dutch system is way more student approached than t, focusing more on the procedure of learning through the course than just passing an exam at the end of the term, as opposed to Spain. The relationship with teachers is a lot closer in the Netherlands. A funny example of this is that teachers actually know their students’ names, probably because the ratio of students per classroom, but its nevertheless flattering.

In Spain, the education system is often changed according to the party in the government, which does not allow a solid educative foundation on which to build society. Also, recent modifications of the national education plan have been strongly rejected by students and teachers alike, since none of these collectives were consulted in the composition of the law. Perhaps, the flaw in the Dutch system is the bureaucracy that slows down even the most simple of academic tasks.

The general sensation that studying at NHL transmits is that everyone is involved in the university life and nobody is left behind, which is something that has a clear reflection in the working environment and, furthermore, in society.

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Episode 10: Aristotle University vs NHL Stenden


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