Leeuwarden welcomes 7000 new students

Friday 30 August 2019

Starting next week, no one can deny it: Leeuwarden is a student town. About 7,000 first-year students, 700 of them from abroad, will get to know the town.

They are still a bit uncomfortable walking around on the grounds of NHL Stenden. David Pham (20) and Khanh Ngyen (18) are barely 24 hours in the Netherlands and find out: "It's chilly here." The thermometer shows 23 degrees Celsius, which is significantly less than they are used to at home in Vietnam.

Pham and Ngyen belong to the large group of Vietnamese students who have enrolled in a study in Leeuwarden. The institute does not yet know why the interest from the South-East Asian country is growing this much. The two boys, who both want to study hotel management, have a simple explanation: Google.

“I want to start a restaurant in my own city, Can Tho City," says Pham in reasonable English. “That's why I was looking for good education abroad. Through Google I ended up at NHL Stenden. And now I'm here." Ngyen, from Tra Vinh, also ended up on NHL Stenden's website. "I want to be a hotel manager", he says and laughs. They are pleasantly surprised that they meet dozens of fellow countrymen in Leeuwarden.

Read more on the website of the Leeuwarder Courant.

TIP: Together with Suksawat, De Leeuwarder Courant developed the city guide for students. You can download this guide on the Leeuwarder Courant website.

Source:            Leeuwarder Courant
By:                   Maarten Pennewaard