My name is Marleen and I am a first year European Public Administration student. When I started studying I was very excited but also a bit nervous. I began to wonder if I had made the right choice. Would I like the people? Would I be good enough? These are common enough questions for a student. After all, everything is brand new. I tried not to worry too much and just get on with things as an enthusiastic student, eager to learn.

The EPA programme is taught 100% in English. That wasn’t new to me because I had experienced bilingual education at high school, so I was already used to English being one of the main languages in the classroom. But even fellow students who hadn’t had a bilingual education had little trouble adapting to the language. With so many international students on the programme, you more or less have to speak English from the start. It’s the only way to communicate with everyone. It doesn’t matter if you speak fluent English or not. If you are interested in the English language, fluency will come with time.

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