‘Doing Business’ during summer in Groningen
Studying during summer? Sounds like a drag, but twenty students from Canada and the United States went to summer school in Groningen and had a blast. Hanze University of Applied Sciences organized a project called ‘Doing Business in Europe’ in which students could follow courses, workshops and live the student life in Groningen.
The project lasts for three weeks, and during those weeks, students were ‘doing business’ full time. Every day there was a guest lecturer or seminar to provide that bit of extra knowledge about working within a company. They also got to see big multinational companies like Philips and Groningen SeaPorts.
But not all took place within the walls of the classroom: the participating students got to visit Amsterdam as well, as part of the cultural Summer School experience. Seeing the Anne Frank house, doing a canal trip and seeing paintings from Rembrandt and Van Gogh in real life: Hanze organized a great deal of must-sees in the Netherlands.
And then the fun part: all international students were able to participate in sports tournaments, like climbing the great climbing wall, playing basketball or soccer. Student sports facilities in Groningen are considered the best ones in the country. They also got to see the island of Schiermonnikoog, where they could breathe the fresh air of the North Sea and take a stroll on the beach. And the best part of the Summer School experience was probably the international student parties that took place in the city of Groningen. Participating students were able to do something fun every day.
Every student gets their own bicycle and housing is included. Students lived and ate together and got to know each other very well. A perfect example of ‘utile dolci’: combining the useful with the pleasant. After the three weeks, all students had to perform a test in order to get a certificate. They received grades on three aspects, namely on marketing, legal and cultural. But apart from the extra knowledge, they went home with an unforgettable experience.
It was the second time that the Hanze organized this Summer School. Next year there will be another one, to which you can subscribe at the Hanze University two months before the start of the course, which is the 28th of May 2013. The university is planning to organize more Summer Schools in the future. For more information, you can visit the Summer School website.
Here you can read the personal experiences from participating students.
By: Yoni Pasman