Interview with ERASMUS Student Puk Bos

Puk Bos is an ERASMUS student from ACTA Amsterdam University who visited our University from March to May 2017 in order to participate in a research exchange with Dr. Salvatore Sauro.

Before she left, I had a chance to ask her a few questions about her visit. Here are her replies:

  1. Where do you come from and what is your home university?

The Netherlands, ACTA (University of Amsterdam).

2. How long have you stayed in Spain?

3 months

3. What do you study?


foto de una cirugía

4. Why did you choose to come to study at our department?

Possibility to do a research in laboratory by the guidance of Dr. Sauro.

5. What are the things that you have liked most at our department?

Friendly staff, flexible work hours, good equipment, clean.

Street Sign "Friendly Street"
Friendly street CC Flickr

6. Are there some things (at the department, in our university) that haven’t worked as well as you expected?

We weren’t informed about the many holidays this semester, so we had less time for our research than expected. Eventually we finished on time, so it wasn’t a problem.

7. Have you taken the courses offered in English or have you also participated courses that are taught in Spanish?

I didn’t take any courses.

8. Do you think there is enough teaching in English at our department?

I don’t know. I think so, given there are many international students.

Mapa del mundo con chinchetas
World map with pins CC Flickr

9. Did you get to know the Spanish students? How?

Only a few students (from Taiwan and France) in the laboratory.

10. Did you participate in any of the leisure activities offered through the University (Campus Life)?


11. How does studying at our department differ from your studies at your home university?

I don’t know, since I was not following the program. I think the work in the laboratory is comparable to ACTA.

12. What do you think about education in Spain in general?

I think that it’s a good system, very attractive to foreign students.

ACTA Amsterdam
ACTA – Amsterdam – Nederland

13. Is there anything in the Spanish Education system that you would like to bring back home?

More education in English, to get familiar with the (subject) language and the possibility of exchange.

14. What do you think of Valencia or Spain in general?

Great city! It has a lot to offer: culture, activities, architecture, beautiful surroundings, clean, bike-friendly, nice people. The only thing I had to get used to is that the general pace in Spain is a lot slower than what I’m used to in Holland.

Valencia at sunset
Valencia at sunset CC Flickr

Thanks Puk, and have a safe journey home!!


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