Program: Public Relations – Corporate Communications
Study Abroad Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
When it came time to decide on my study abroad location, I was in search of a destination that would help ease my transition. After completing my research, I decided on Utrecht, a city within the Netherlands. Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and has one of the largest student populations in the country. This was comforting to me because although I was traveling alone, I knew meeting new people would be really easy (and it was!). Utrecht is also centrally located and the main train station is one of the best connected. One of the main reasons I chose to study in Europe was to satiate my travel bug, and studying in Utrecht helped me accomplish this. The Netherlands is a very small country compared to Canada so it was really easy to navigate. In about 30 minutes, you can be in Amsterdam, Rotterdam or any major Dutch city for that matter. Not to mention, Paris and Belgium are only a couple of hours away by train!
Maybe I’m biased because I lived there, but Utrecht was by far my favourite city I visited in the Netherlands. Think of it as the smaller, more cute, less touristic and authentic version of Amsterdam. The charming city is filled with canals, restaurants, shops, cafes, pubs, museums and art galleries. No matter what your interests, there is always something to do and see. Utrecht has so much history, yet maintains a young vibe and became really easy to love as my home away from home!