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Study astronomy at Leiden University, the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a study destination attracting many students studying astronomy. There are seven prestigious universities in the field of astronomy, including Radboud University, Delft University of Technology, McGill University, Jrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen and Leiden University.

Leiden University was founded in 1575. Throughout its history, Leiden University is one of the world's leading quality research institutions in a wide range of fields, Natural Science, Medicine, Social and Behavioral Science, Law, Painting and Literature.

Students at the school have a number of competitive advantages in applying their expertise to the implementation of non-training programs. The University of Leiden has 9 faculties, more than 50 departments and more than 150 higher education programs and has an international reputation. There are more than 40 national and international research institutes. Leiden University is also the school of many Dutch Nobel laureates. Composed of Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Hendrik Lorentz, Pieter Zeeman and Willem Einthoven.


Here is the feeling of Iva - currently a student of Master of Astronomy at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Through Iva's sharing, you can learn more about this field.

Iva Laginja was born in Croatia, raised in Vienna, Austria, and is a fluent student in several languages: English, French and Russian. Before going to the Netherlands, Iva had graduated with two bachelors degrees at the University of Vienna, in Astronomy and Physics. It was during the course of my undergraduate studies that Iva discovered her astronomical passion. That is why she decided to study for a master's degree in astronomy - instrumentation (astronomical instrumentation) in two years. This year Iva 2 years old.

Why do you want to study abroad?

In the last two years of my bachelor program in Austria, I was very anxious about my next plan. This summer course on the content of astronomical instruments in Toronto has taken us to the decision to study abroad to deepen our understanding of the field.

Another reason why I study abroad is because I want to change my environment, explore the world, visit new places, meet new people with new ways of thinking.

Then what are the criteria for choosing your university and study program? (Academic, housing, services and facilities, opportunities for personal and professional development, city culture, costs and opportunities for scholarships or social life?)

I have a lot of selection criteria. The first is academically. I do not intend to study a program that I do not feel excited about, because this will lead to an unexpected result.

Most astronomical programs are masters programs, and especially for instrumentation specialties are rare, so I searched the course after classifying these two criteria.

Of course, when looking, I also value two other aspects of culture and the country itself. I myself have studied the schools in Europe and North America, after eliminating the remaining continents with the thought that Australia is too expensive, Asia is interesting but I do not intend to live long Long live there, and South America and Africa have no connection with themselves.

In general, their choices are quite subjective and personal.


Besides the University of Leiden, do you have any other schools? After all, why choose Leiden?

I spent a lot of time comparing and contrasting programs and even applying to schools in the US and Canadian schools. University of Leiden is the last school to apply for, since the registration deadlines for European schools are several months older than US schools. However, as a result of late submissions to the US astronomy courses, they are only eligible for entry into a technical course and a program in optics. Since I most astronomy, plus the cost advantage, so I chose to study in the Netherlands.

How do you pay for your study trip? What advice would you give to financial help for prospective students?

Financial problems when studying abroad is quite troublesome, with Austrian nationality and choosing to study in the field of science, I did not find a scholarship suitable for her. But I know that there is a scholarship from the University of Leiden for the Astronomy Program.

So I had to self-tu 100% of study expenses with the support from the family. His goal is to complete his master's program for two years and then pursue a paid PhD program.

Do you recommend international students choose Leiden as a destination for study abroad? How many points do you dot the learning environment (score 10)?

Although he had only been here for one month, Leiden convinced himself to score a perfect 10. The city of Leiden and the country itself really bring you a very easy life. The Dutch are very kind and willing to help you. The "senior" students regularly come and ask if they need any help. During my studies, I receive very useful emails from the faculty. And if you have a problem, there will always be someone or a support service that you can meet to share, ask.

Leiden is a small city where you can go anywhere from 15 to 20 cycles, but is also a big enough place to enjoy leisure activities.

What is the most amazing thing about your study trip?

My biggest surprise is that I was able to "build" a large network of friends here. From the very first day of joining the sports club, members of the club viewed themselves as "members of the club," and university friends treated them the same way.

Thu Thao


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