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Pleased to meet you, internationals #4

Some thousand students from abroad have arrived at Hanze University. What are they looking for in Groningen and what are there first impressions?

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Simbarashe Lloyd Masukusa (19), Zimbabwe
‘I arrived in here yesterday. It was cold, but not too cold. Groningen is an extremely beautiful city. I also liked the sophisticated public transport system that brought me to Groningen. I knew Dutch people cycle a lot, but I was still surprised to see a parking area crammed with bikes at Schiphol Airport.
‘I have never been abroad for a long time. This is my first visit to Europe, I wanted to go out of my comfort zone, to be exposed to the world outside Zimbabwe. Dutch mechanical engineers have a good reputation and Hanze offers English programmes in that field, I found out on the website. So that’s why I’m here. So far I have not felt alone. I came here with a cousin of mine who will study Chemical Engineering at RUG. When I enrolled I was told that finding a room might be challenging. So I started house hunting in June and got a nice room in the centre.’