Mila van der Ende
I preferred to do this study in English because it allows me to connect with students from many different places who, because of their various backgrounds, have different perspectives on history.
During secondary school I visited many different universities and looked at multiple studies in order to make a well informed choice. I felt a great need to choose a study that would challenge me, deepen my knowledge of the world and that would encourage me to look at things critically. This is exactly what the International Bachelor History at Erasmus University Rotterdam offers you.
Awareness of your own bias
Already during the first year students are taught to be aware of their own biases, find and study many different articles, books and opinions of academics to get a broad view of a topic. Students also have to write two papers for each course and give a presentation. These are generally very useful skills to obtain. Because I am Dutch it would be rather self-evident for me to do this study in Dutch, but I preferred to do it in English because it allows me to connect with students from many different places who, because of their various backgrounds, also have different perspectives on history which is a great way to broaden your view even more than the programme itself already does. I really have enjoyed my first year at EUR because I met a lot of nice people, definitely developed my writing and research skills and read a lot of interesting books and articles.
Next to all this, Rotterdam is a very vibrant city for students and contains many great bars, restaurants and parks for students to spend their spare time at.