Natalia Yessika Adelwin
Why did you decide to study at the University of Antwerp?
There’s a collaboration between my home university and the University of Antwerp. A professor of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of UAntwerp gave a seminar in Indonesia and informed me and my fellow students about the M.Sc. in Epidemiology. Because I work in the epidemiology field, this graduate programme was very interesting to me and I decided to apply. At that time I also applied at another university in Japan but because I got accepted by UAntwerp first, I choose to continue my study in Belgium.
What can you tell me about the M.Sc. in Epidemiology?
I had worked in the epidemiology field for one year, so I was already familiar with the basic knowledge on the subject. However since the very beginning of my course, there has always been something new to learn. The professors are very knowledgeable and they are eager to share their expertise. Overall I am very happy with this graduate programme and I believe it prepares me for my future career. Sometimes I have some difficulties with the English language, but studying here is a good opportunity to practice and improve my English language skills.
Student life in Antwerp
At first it’s a bit difficult because of the language barrier, and since I haven’t learned Dutch, it’s a bit difficult to communicate, but everyone can speak English which helps you a lot. Culturally speaking, there are some differences of course, but I would say that I can adapt easily because I come from a culturally diverse country. What I like here is the way they preserve historical buildings, and the mix between this type of buildings and the modern ones, I find it really nice.
Healthy life style
I am impressed by how active elder people here are. People in general lead a very healthy way of life and they walk and cycle a lot. It’s different in Indonesia where normally elder people stay at home. I find it interesting that in Belgium elder people still work and participate in society.
Advantages of joining UAntwerp as an international student
The main reasons for which I would recommend the University of Antwerp is that you can study with students from different cultures and that the professors have a lot of expertise. I really enjoy this experience and learn a lot from it! These circumstances prepare me – on an academic level – for my professional career and also make an active social life possible.