Students from Netherlands


Frederik van der Zee - Master of Chiropractic

Why did you choose to study at University of South Wales?
The Chiropractic course is only available in a limited amount of places around Europe. The USW happened to be the best option for me, financial and language wise.

What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of studying at USW?
Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith when considering studying here while you are foreign, because it has a very soft and enjoyable landing.

What’s your number one student experience so far?
Meeting people from quite literally all over the world. Before I came here I knew there had to be a few more international students studying here, but the variation in nationalities and cultures are beyond expectations!

Favourite places to visit or things to do in Wales?
Visiting places such as Tenby, Swansea, Bath and of course the national park the Brecon Beacons are very nice. Also attending sports events around here are definitely a recommendation, such as going to premier league football matches and the six nations’ rugby games. And last but not least: Cardiff itself with its restaurants, shopping malls, pubs and clubs, is definitely worth mentioning in my list of favourite places around here.

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Gijs Machielsen - MSc Management

How did you find out about the University of South Wales?
I went to an undergraduate fair in Utrecht. During the fair I have met Erik and Jarno from Go4master, which informed me about this opportunity.

Why did you choose to study here?
My motivation to extend my knowledge in business at master level. I also wanted to extend my experience in living and studying abroad.

Tell us about studying at the University, what is it like?
It is a place where you develop yourself and where lecturers feel naturally involved with their subject and students.

What are the facilities like at the University?
The University of South Wales offers enough facilities to to boost your academic skills. There are plenty of places where you can work together with students or study independently.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?
Be someone who can step out of your culture and traditions, because every culture and every country is different and offers you the opportunity to explore new traditions and all other aspects of culture, which can benefit you from social perspective.

Tell us something that you think would be useful for prospective students to know?
For Dutch students, who want to study in the UK, the University of South Wales offers good opportunities, because of the facilities, disciplined and interesting lectures, broad selection of study programs and its location. Studying in the UK offers students the opportunity to boost your international experience, gain academic knowledge, and finally it is a very effective way to become a near native English speaker!

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I read and travel through the UK.

What has been the social highlight or highlights?
Living on campus with students from Kenya, Ireland and Germany.


Naomi van Veen - Master of Chiropractic

After I had finished the course physiotherapy, I wanted to do another course to distinguish myself, that would be more challenging and would give me better job perspectives. The courses perfectly complement each other, so is has been a great decision.

The demand for chiropractors in Europe in general is way bigger than the actual amount of chiropractors graduating. Because the profession is growing so much and so fast I am also sure this will not change for the coming years.

Due to the funding from Student Finance Wales, it was mainly financially the most attractive place in Europe to study chiropractic.