Laura Barendregt, MSc Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology
Laura Barendregt is from Australia, she has a bachelor’s degree in Performance Studies from the University of Sydney and decided to come to Maastricht for a 2-year research master’s programme in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology.
“During my bachelor’s study I came to University College Maastricht as an exchange student and was impressed by the atmosphere here and the level of students’ commitment. My grandparents are Dutch and I liked exploring those roots a bit. I stayed for a whole year on a working holiday visa and when a boyfriend entered the equation, I decided to apply for a residence permit with full working and study rights. What I particularly like about this research master’s is that we are actually learning and doing so much. The skills component was a deciding element for me. I’m considering a career in research and this research master’s is a prerequisite for a PhD position. Perhaps combined with a teaching position at the university, which is also something I would be open to. So far, I’m very happy with the choices I have made. I like the city and its surroundings, it’s all very manageable. I can even ride my bike to the university, which is like the opposite side of the spectrum compared to the vast city of Sydney.”
Laura was Student ambassador from 2017 until 2019
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After my bachelor’s programme which was very broad, I was ready to specialise and really dive into learning skills.