You had to do online oral exams which are really different from written exams. What differences did you face because of this change and how were you able to adjust to this other exam variation?
Online oral exams were a different experience to the written exams I was used to. Having to answer complex legal questions with little time to think and plan your answer is more terrifying and can present challenges for students who do not speak English as their first language. But, the professors were very reassuring throughout the exam and I think being able to adapt to these new situations is a skill in itself.
Being an international student means you are far away from your home country and at this time some borders are even closed. How did your student life change during the pandemic?
My student life certainly changed as a result of the pandemic. Going out with my friends used to be a large part of my social life and now all bars and restaurants are closed. We have had to find new ways of having fun, but living in student accommodation has definitely helped this. I keep in contact with my friends and family at home regularly online, which I think is important for my welfare. Hopefully, one day, they will be able to come and visit me in Amsterdam.
Finding good, affordable accommodation can be a problem in the Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam. In terms of applying for the LL.M. and especially the students housing did you face any difficulties?
The application process for the LL.M was very simple, especially if you have completed an undergraduate law degree (although this is not essential, the course is open to people from other degree backgrounds too). Applying for housing was the most difficult part, there was a long waiting list for student accommodation and private housing in Amsterdam is expensive. I was lucky to get a place in student accommodation, which is very affordable. I would recommend getting your application in early to avoid the stress.
Overall, I would definitely recommend studying at VU Amsterdam. The professors are helpful, the courses offered are engaging and the student population is welcoming. Whilst teaching is currently online, it is still interactive and of a good quality. Finally, you get to live in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and get really good at cycling!
Thank you, Louisa Crookshanks!