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Welcome everybody this early Saturday morning a very warm welcome to the
University of Amsterdam my name is Annemie Ploeger. I'm a teacher
from the psychology department I teach one of the first-year courses well and
I'm very happy to welcome you here and to tell you something about the study
and why would you like to study psychology and I will also tell you
something about the curriculum about the courses that you will follow if you
start studying here but first this cartoon here you see these little guys
and one is saying when I grow up I'd like to study about people well maybe
that's also an idea that you have I like to study people and that's why you're
here you maybe like to study psychology people interest me I'd like to go to
some big university and study all about people well the University of Amsterdam
is a big University so here you're at the right place and I see you want to
learn about people so that with your knowledge you will be equipped to help
them when it's maybe something you also have in mind like I would like to help
people well that's one of the things that well we already already like to
emphasize here already it is early morning that is something you can do
when you study psychology you can become a clinical psychologist but psychology
is much broader than just becoming a therapist so actually they say no I'm
just nosy actually what we're asking from you is that you're curious that you
like to know more about people about people's minds and that you like to know
how to study these minds so when you aren't your only motivation is that you
like to help people then well we already have to disappoint you from this moment
so we hope that you have a curious mindset and that you'd like to learn more
about human behavior. So I will tell you something about the University of
Amsterdam, of studying psychology and I will tell you
something about the psychology program and that's for the year the 2019/2020
because the selection procedure for the program that starts in the fall now in
2018 that selection procedure already started
so I hope you are here sitting here not for willing to start in the fall because
that's impossible but we hope you will are willing to
start one year later in 2019 so what I said, my name is Annemie Ploeger, I am a
developmental psychologist and as we will see developmental psychology is one
of the courses in the first year and I'm the teacher of that course so what will
I talk about I will talk about the study program I will talk about career
opportunities of course that's very important you do not only want to study
but you are probably also interested in what kind of jobs you can do when you
study psychology I will tell you something about the selection procedure
as you probably know we have more people that want to study psychology than we
have places so there is a selection procedure and then I'm very happy that
Julia is here and she's an international student and she will tell something
about student experience how is student life here at the psychology department
so what is actually psychology so psychology is the science so we like to
emphasize that it's a science so we use scientific methods to study our theories
our hypotheses the psychology is the science of behavior so we like to study
people and how they behave but that's not the only thing we also like to study
the underlying processes so why do people show certain behaviors now you
can think about motivation and about intentions about ideas that people have
the question is why do people behave the way they do that's in one sentence the
question that will be addressed when you study psychology so science is mostly
about seeking answers to "why"-questions so I already asked the big questions why do
people behave the way they do so that's the the main topic of our study of
course you can split up this in much smaller questions that are really
testable that you can actually study so we like to contribute to scientific
knowledge that's what you do when you study at the University we like to
become a scientist and contribute to the scientific knowledge that we already
have so that means that you must have a very open mindset because maybe you have
an idea of why people behave the way they do then your mindset must be open
you must be able to study this question to study your your idea your theory
about how or why people behave the way they do so you must be able to verify
what you think about this behavior and you must also be able to falsify it so
you must be open-minded that you are are able to say at the end of your research
project well my idea was wrong. So that's like a different mindset and that's
not often what you see in daily life people are usually looking for
confirmation of what they think but what we will try to teach you is that you
will question anything that people say that's not only the case for psychology
that's the case for all studies at the university well and to give you some
idea this sounds may be very abstract and theoretical but to give you some
idea of how that works I will give you an example and maybe you have heard
about this before about the therapeutic touch well you know here you see a
picture of how that works some people argue that they are able to feel the
pain that some patients say that they feel so here you see the patient and
these patients is suffering from some pains and now these therapists they
don't touch this this person who touches actually an incorrect name but they go
over with their hands they don't touch the body but they feel they try to feel
where the pain is that the patient is saying to be feeling. Well and this
became a quite, in some circles, popular method to help people and of course it's
very good to help people but at the University we ask questions
we say well is this it's possible and is this true this is actually a theory that
we can verify so then what we can do is ask these people ask the patients do you
think these persons are right do they feel where your pain is and then this
person may say yes and then the therapists say yes of course we feel
this so that's one way to study this but we as scientists don't think that's the
right way because these people have a certain mindset they are involved in
this situation they are not blind to the whole the circumstances that are being
studied so we think the the method that I just described to study this we think
that's that's not scientifically correct so how can we study this in a
scientifically correct way well this experiment has actually been done so
what you see here is a subject on the left side and what you see is a
researcher on the right side and what happens here well it's important to note
is that the subject and researchers cannot see
each other there's a screen in between them and what the subject does, the subject
can move hands below the screen and then the researcher is moving her hands above
one of the two hands of the subject and then the subject has to tell which where
I'm it's my hand whereas the hand of the research on the left side or on the
right side well this is one way to study this the question can it is actually a
good procedure is this something that we can scientifically verify so this is a
very nice way to study this well and now the question is what if the theory is
right what if the patient can actually feel where the hands are of the
therapists well if the theory is right what do you expect what could be the
percentage correct so the subject has to guess which hands
in this situation above which hands my hand is the hand of the researcher so
what do you expect what kind of score do you expect if people can feel yes yeah
but what if it if the theory is correct yes above 50 and if if if it's really
true if people can really feel where somebody's hand is. But without
actually touching it well then you expect maybe even a hundred percent
correct if we can feel this if if we without seeing feel that there's a hand
above my hands then we would expect that in a hundred percent of the cases
subjects can correctly guess where the hand of the researcher is. Well and what do
we expect which percentage correct do we expect if this theory is false? Then
it's 50/50 right because you may think if it's wrong
it will be zero percent but this is an important thing you're correct it's
50/50 because the subject can guess it guesses and there are two hands left on
the left and on the right and what what happens is that you can always guess you
can gamble and you can guess it correctly just by chance so that's why
we expect when the theory is false, that in 50% of the cases the subject will be
correct and in 50% of the cases will be wrong.
Well and now we did this experiment and what were the results? These were
the results. So just below chance level just below 50% correct so that means that
this theory has been falsified by this researcher so because when these
subjects are only the people that came up with this idea were correct then you
would expect a percentage correct more in the direction of a 100%.
Yes? Okay, well these kinds of experiments are we doing at the
University at the psychology department at a daily basis. So all teachers almost
all teachers at the University of Amsterdam also do research and of course
not all of them do this particular experiment but we do thousands of
experiments on all these kinds of behavior. So what is psychology? So it's a
science it's a science we'd like to create scientific knowledge we need to
be open in order to test the theories that we have and well how do you collect
such knowledge? Well you can do an effective research,
you think about a methodology so one of the procedures that I showed you is a
right way to study this with a blind subject. The subject is not
seeing where the hands of the researcher are so that's a sound methodology well and
what if we did not find these results but let's say the percentage correct was
55% maybe 60% do we say okay then the theory is correct or do we say well it
was not a hundred percent so we say it incorrect well as you probably know we
have methods to study this. When do we call a finding a significant finding
and well we have statistics to study them so by telling you this I already
told you something about the program that you will follow when you start
studying psychology at the University of Amsterdam so here you see in a second
the first half year of the study program so what we think is very important is
that you know something about methodology and statistics so already
during the first semester of your studies you will get a course on this
topic and that's because we think it's so important that you get this mindset
that you get this open mindset that you want to study the theories that you hear
about but of course you don't do not only want to study methodology and
statistics so well let's see yes this is something is going wrong here in it all
right oh well okay no I see this is the first
course I thought that other courses would pop up but that's first I first
introduced these other courses because psychology is a science of behavior and
mental processes and now I will focus on the behavior so we we talked about the
science the scientific methods and now let's talk about behavior so what is
behavior or what behavior well we study basically all behavior as a psychologist
you find any behavior interesting but of course you
can make choices and what mental processes
well for example perceiving before you show any behavior you first have to see
or hear or feel something and that's what we call perception so what you also
you will already study in the first semester the first year a lot about
perception because that's the start of all behavior information is coming in
and you react to that behavior but first you need to you need to perceive
something now of course you need to think you make decisions so you think
about the information that is coming into your mind you feel things you want
things so these are the mental processes that we study well we have four key sub
disciplines and the first one you will learn about is cognitive psychology so a
cognition is actually a difficult term what exactly is cognition well it is
anything that has to do with these mental processes with perception with
thinking so this is actually a very broad theme cognitive psychology is
basically everything you need to know about behavior in a single course well
here you see an example of something that you can perceive so well who likes
to tell what he sees in this picture? A deer. And what you see well at least
what I see, it looks like the deer is popping up well now I show
you this so now I put it upside down so now it's maybe see the deer upside down
but now look away for a moment blink with your eyes and now look again well
for some of you maybe you see it exactly the same but for others you do not no
longer see that the deer is popping up but you see, it seems to be the case
that it's now not popping out of it but that it's like carved.
Carved into this thing that you see here so this is called an ambiguous picture so
this is a picture that you can see in multiple ways well that's part of
cognitive psychology and we like this kind of pictures because it tells you
something about how we perceive things that there's not a single way of
perceiving things that there are very often multiple ways of seeing something
well so you get an in the first semester of your first year program you get an
introduction to psychology so that's a very broad course where you get
information about all sub disciplines but the first sub discipline that you
will dive into is cognitive psychology well and the general theme of this block
is psychology: scope, basis and method. And then the second sub discipline that you
will study is developmental psychology well as I told you I'm the teacher of
this course at the course in January it's a full-time course and
developmental psychology is mostly about children how children develop how they
develop their cognitive skills how they develop their social skills but
development you can also see it as a development over the lifespan so it also
includes aging getting old why do we get old and what happens when you get old to
your cognitive abilities change when you get old why do we have specific diseases
when you get old so that's also included in developmental psychology well here
you see a very simple task that we often do with children so what you see here is
a number of red dots well it's hopefully very easy for you to tell the number of
dots so it's five and what we do do these tests usually with children
around the age of 4. And often they are already able to count these numbers but then we
do a little trick with them. What we do is that in a second row of numbers, we
spread them out. Well and what you see is that we spread them out but that the
number of dots remain the same but the interesting thing what if you ask a
four-year-old which column has more dots then even though they can
count they count well it's five sometimes they if you start counting one
two three four five but then you asked which column has more and then they say
the right one has more so that means that young children cannot combine
different dimensions so they can count they can see what's shorter and what's
longer but they cannot combine this information so that's why they make this
mistake and what we see is that when they get older when they get 6 or 7
years old that they will do fine on this test well this is a very basic test a
very old test designed by a very famous developmental psychologist Jean Piaget.
And when you will start studying psychology you will learn a lot about
him so in January that's still the first
semester, you will get the course developmental psychology and
the general topic is human development so that's very broad not just children
also adults and the elderly well when you study psychology yeah one part of
the study is sitting in classrooms like this but even bigger because often
around 500 students start studying psychology at the University of Amsterdam so
that means for lectures you will sit in very big lecture
rooms so here you see an example of this well and maybe that doesn't seem
to be very attractive maybe you'll feel like a number
or you feel lonely in the math but fortunately next to these big lectures
we have small working groups seminars tutorials what you see is these are very
small groups up to 20 students and you will have the same group the whole
semester during the whole semester you will have these tutorials with the same
group of students and with the same teacher so the means that you can
actually get to know people you can get to know other students you can create
friendships with them and you also know this teacher. For first year students it
is very important that they have someone that they can talk to that they can ask
questions to so this teacher is also a mentor so we are very proud that we have
this possibility to have these small scale groups and well for example if you
compare these small scale groups with groups that the VU University, the other
university of Amsterdam offers, you have smaller groups. So you
have a big lecture hall for the lectures, but small working groups.
So this is the complete program of the first semester. You'll get first year
tutorials and during these tutorials you will discuss the materials that you get
during the lectures and you will do you practice with the stuff that you learn
about so these are also very practical is the practical part of the study.
So then the second semester so the sub discipline that you will get in the
second semester of the first year is social psychology well and here you see
two caps and that is one part of one of the most famous experiments in social
psychology because you see that these caps have two different colors
and if I would give half of you a blue cap and the other half of you the red
cap what we found as social psychologists is that even within a few
minutes you will get an idea about your own group with the blue caps and you
will favor people with the blue caps if you are in the blue cap group and people
in the red cap group will favor the people with the red cap even though you
don't know each other within a couple of minutes this happens well and that's of
course very interesting finding a very basic finding that also gives you a
possibility to explain why people show behavior like xenophobia like racism
because even in a very simple experiment within a couple of minutes you can find
this in group and out group behavior
well then the second sub-discipline that you will learn about in the first year
is work and organizational psychology and this sub discipline is about where
you will be a psychologist so you will think about healthy workspaces what
is a healthy workspace in what kind of environments can people flourish in what
kind of environment do they get stressed how can we change an environment where
people feel stressful how can we manage people how can we make them work
together in groups so these are examples of what you study in the field of work
and organizational psychology so in the second half of the first year, you will
get social, work and organizational psychology but you see that's not the
only thing. Now the theme is that humans are social animals but the other
part that you will get in the second semester is clinical psychology and well
that's maybe the sub discipline that at the moment may interest you the
most. Also with clinical psychology if you will specialize in clinical
psychology you can become a therapist so here you see that situation: the therapist
is talking to a client and that's what people in clinical psychology do so for
example try to create a better life for someone with a depression or someone
with schizophrenia someone with autism etc but because we are scientists we do
not only do practical side of clinical psychology but we also like to know
what's going on in the brain of people in general but especially are we
interested in what is going on in the brain of people with a disorder like
depression so next to clinical psychology you will get bio psychology
so you will learn a lot of things about the brain how the brain works how
neurons work how neurons work together so the question how does our body
influence our behavior so how does the brain work and how does the brain
connects to the rest of your body will also be a significant part of your
first-year program so that's what you get in the second part in the second
semester clinical psychology combined with bio psychology and the general
theme is problematic behavior and it's biological basis well then something we
think it's really important is that you are able to write as you probably know
when you finish an academic study and you start to work most of your output
will be written output and that's one of the reasons why we
think it's very important that you can write well as an academic so we teach
you academic writing so that's different from the writing that you learn in school
of course you already when you are in high school you already start with writing
in an academic way but we will extend that and we will hopefully we will
manage that all of you can write in very clear text about a scientific study
So that's academic writing, so that's another block and you will write a
propaedeutic thesis so you will actually end your first year with your own
product, a nice thesis on scientific literature. The theme is
written communication and also in the second half of your study you will
get your tutorials so again you will have small groups where you discuss
things and also in small groups you will do this academic writing and you get a
lot of feedback from your tutor on your academic writing so what do we offer
next to these lectures and next to these tutorials we offer a digital work
environment so up until this year that was in blackboard but next year we will
start with another program canvas but that's quite similar so what we offer is
weekly assignments so we want you to keep on studying over the whole year and
not just studying for a final exam so you get weekly assignments weekly tests
and so we hope that you keep up and also when you study regularly you will
remember more. So of course students have a tendency to study only right before the
final exam starts but we know from research that you remember less if you
only cram knowledge into your mind at the end of a course so we will test
you continuously it's also practice for the final test and because we work with
this digital environment you get immediate feedback so a lot of these
weekly tests will be multiple choice so you immediately see where you stand
Whether you did it right or you have to study more. Well then the second year
of the study program so when you finish your first year of course you will go
into your second year and then we will first dive more into what is it to be an
academic? So academic thinking is very important also a second course on
methodology and statistics will happen then and we also start with
thinking about test construction because psychologists work a lot with
tests and often people think that creating a test is very easy you just on
the Sunday afternoon you design your own test but that's not the way it works
designing a good test that you can use to gather scientific data is
really a difficult process well then you can also get a course on professional
orientation because we think it's important that you already start
thinking about your future early in your studies so you get information about
master programs that you can do and we help you with thinking about your future
and already making some first decisions well in the second year you will also
get a course on psycho diagnostics how do you know that someone is depressed
what are the criteria well the same for autism or schizophrenia for personality
disorders, all these kind of disorders will come by and you will learn about
this well you also get the philosophy of psychology to get a broader picture and
history of psychology and in the second year, that's the first time that you can
choose something that you really like so we offer a lot of electives and you can
choose among them and the one that you like the best that's the one you're
going to do and here you can even do an elective that's outside psychology so if
you think I'm also interested in sociology or in
whatever kind of topic, you can also choose an elective at the University of
Amsterdam. But even you can go to any university in the Netherlands to do your
electives so that gives you a lot of freedom well then in the second year we
also have tutorials and you'll also practice a lot of research skills but
also and that's very important when you want to become a clinical psychologist
or therapist conversational skills so how actually do you talk with clients?
What is your first reaction when you hear for example something that you don't
like do you immediately start yelling at someone or do you drop back well course
as a clinical psychologist as a therapist you have to take a stand in
middle you must be interested in what the other one is saying. But you should
not react emotionally that's what you learn during this course on
conversational skills well then the third year of the study program then you
already choose a specialization so I talked about these sub disciplines
first of all cognitive psychology and developmental psychology and social
psychology, work and organizational psychology, clinical psychology and
methodology these are the six specializations that we offer at the
University of Amsterdam so during your third year you do compulsory courses in
that particular specialization and then you also do some electives and very
important you will write a bachelor thesis and you do research in groups and
this is the moment that you do a research project from the beginning to
the end. So you start with thinking about a research
question you start thinking about how to study it how to design an experiment you
collect the data you analyze the data you write up the results in your thesis
At the end of the bachelor you are already
at the start of being a researcher being able to carry out a research project
well and then in the fourth year that's already your master's stage so you can
stop studying after you receive your bachelor degree that's already a
fantastic degree but most students continue studying and will do a master
program well we offer several master's programs. They're devided into six
specializations that we have but within these specializations we have specific
master tracks so one of the master tracks that may be of interest to
you is sports psychology some people like to become a sports psychologist so
that's possible here at the University of Amsterdam now then you will do an
internship so for the first time if you do a clinical master you will actually
meet clients patients you will actually work with them you will get supervision
your supervisor they'll tell you what to do and you will first observe how an
experienced therapist works and then you gradually you will adopt this
behavior and become a therapist yourself well in work and organizational
psychology we'll go to a company and do an internship there and you can also do
if you want to become a researcher you can do a research internship so there
are lots of possibilities and then at the end you also do a very big research
project and the difference with the bachelor thesis is that you do the
research for your bachelor thesis in a group but for your master thesis you
have to show that you can do research independently on your own so you have to
do the whole process of doing research by yourself of course you have a
supervision so it's not like you will be lonely but you have to show that you are
a master in doing research in your field
then the career opportunities what can you do with psychology so I will show
you some career opportunities related to the courses that you will do in the
first year so cognitive psychology what can you do well you become become a
designer and well maybe you think about a designer like someone coming from a
technical university designing products but what as a psychologist you can
design environments for example you see this classroom and there are actually
people thinking about what is a good way to have an environment an optimal
environment for learning so for example this room is maybe too boring or well
you see the seats of different color so there actually there was someone who had
thought about this room and how to design this room in a way for optimal
learning and you can imagine that you can do that in any kind of situation so
for example my husband is an aerospace engineer but at his work there are
psychologists working on human factors so when you design an airplane you also
have to think about the humans that will sit in these airplanes how they feel how
they have to work, how a pilot has to work so that's all cognitive psychology. So for
example a traffic expert is a specific example and well you can always with any
discipline in psychology become a researcher because you are at
a university, so the focus is on research.
well development psychology and there you can become an educational
psychologist a health consultant and of course you can become a child
psychologist so you work with children with for example autism or ADHD so
that's what you learn when you study clinical developmental psychology.
Well then social psychologists they often design behavioral interventions so for
example people want to quit smoking how do you do this can you design a
behavioral intervention to help people to quit smoking well you have to design
these interventions. So also here you see the term designer and a lot of social
psychologists become a trainer so a trainer in social skills and other stuff that
you can do with social behavior. Well, the work and organizational
psychologist is working in recruitment and selection is working as a consultant
for companies and it's working within the organization to create a good work
atmosphere. Well then clinical psychology and here you have to think about if you want
to become a therapist that that is comparable to doing a medical degree but once you
finish your medical degree you have to continue you have to do a specialization
well that's the same the same is true for clinical psychology so you can do
your Bachelor and specialize in clinical psychology then you do a master get a
masters degree in clinical psychology but that's only the start. Then you are
like a basic clinical psychologist then you have to continue so then you have to
do some advanced degree and also for becoming a certified psychotherapist you
have to study four more years so that's comparable to
a medical degree for example when you want to become a surgeon you also have
to keep on studying before you get your final degree and that you can become an
independent surgeon well the same is true for a psycho therapist
Well with biopsychology you can become a neuropsychologist you can study the
brain but you can also study behavior that's directly related to brain
problems for example people getting old start to forget things how do you know
whether this is normal development when you age or do
you have a disease like Alzheimer so neuropsychologist has all kinds of
tests to study the difference between someone with normal aging and someone
with Alzheimer. So if you think this is interesting then you are very welcome to
come to the University and to do what we have called in English a taster session
so in Dutch that's called "proefstuderen" . So what you get during this taster
session is an example of a lecture you will also study independently and you
will do a small exam you get a tutorial with the opportunity to ask questions
and this year the taster session is on April 11 and you can register on the website.
Well then the UvA selection procedure well as I said we have a
selection more people apply than we can place so that's a pity but so we already
ask from you before you apply to really think about is psychology the study
that I want to do is it really the right study for me? If anyone of you thinks the
answer is yes, then you will be invited to come to an UvA selection
procedure so that's actually you will study here at the University for a week
so that's after, for the Dutch students, you get your "VWO diploma"
then there's a week that you can study here no extra preparation is
needed you can really study in this single week and what you will see is
that there is a lecture day, on which you will study independently.
you will read literature that is an example of literature that you
will read during your first year. You will get access to the digital learning
environment so you can do assignments you can practice with exam questions and
then at the end of the week there's a test day and you will get a
multiple-choice exam and then this is the most important thing for being
selected so even when you have high grades in high school when you fail on
this test. Well that's how we select; purely based on this test.
So when can you enroll? The selection procedures are in February
2019, so that's pretty far away. There's one round in February and
then one round in March and specific dates will be announced on the website
in September. Well why do we rely so much on this single test? Well because
we know that this test predicts how well you will do when you start studying
psychology. We have collected these data for years and years and what we
found and that's maybe surprising but that the score on this test is a better
predictor of your study success than your grades in high school so that's
interesting isn't it so if you decide to want to study psychology check the entry
requirements especially for international students so for the Dutch
students the "VWO diploma" is okay. Then submit your enrollment application so
that's on the website called "studielink". Attend the lectures on the lecture day
so in the selection week and take the selection test and then afterwards we
will inform you about the ranking so it's a multiple choice test so well the
scores are pretty easy to get so very soon after the test we'll know your rank.
And you get a ranking number so when you're high in this ranking you
know you're in and while you're low on this ranking you
have to wait how many people will who were high in the ranking will actually
show up and study psychology here at the University of Amsterdam so hopefully you
are among the higher ranking students
and the application is on the web site study link and it opens on the
4th of October, so between the 4th of October and January 15th you can apply.
Especially for international students you need to have mathematics in your
high school final exam. So for the Dutch students: all of you do mathematics
at some level. We accept all levels of mathematics that
are offered in high school in the Netherlands but for international
programs you have an international high school we will check this whether your
mathematical skills are good enough to study psychology that's because we offer
these statistics classes so you need to have some basic knowledge of math in
order to be successful in psychology so we don't do these the pretext of your
prior education so even though what I already said you have high grades in
high school that doesn't matter everyone has to do the test. Of course,
if you think you are the right student for studying
psychology then we're very happy to receive your application.
Of course I can understand that you have a lot of questions, but
from our experience from other open days, we know that these questions you
have are often very specific so if you have questions about admission you can
go to the "E" building so you are now in the "C" building. You can go to
the "E" building and there's an information market and there for
example about admission there are people who are specialized in the admission
procedure at UvA, so you can go there for more information if you have
questions about content of the program you can come to me afterwards but the
most important part of this presentation is the student experience how is it to
be a student at University of Amsterdam in psychology so I would like to give
Julia the floor to tell something about it.
So they gave me like five microphones and said relax just don't forget to turn
any of them on like easy so yeah I'm international student at the
University of Amsterdam. I study psychology in the major and
communication science in the minor I'm originally from Germany so how many
Germans are there today that's not even that many I was hoping to feel a little
bit home yes mainly I wanted to give you guys some tips so that's why I brought
my script and also because scripted jokes are always the best so I thought
that would help no first studying at the University of
Amsterdam and especially studying psychology I can highly recommend
because I find I don't know if you guys knew that but the University of
Amsterdam has a really high rank for psychology it's I think the best University
in psychology in Europe and one of the 10 best in the world and I
find you can really tell because yeah what's been mentioned now is that of
course you sit in lectures with a lot of people but in the end you have small
groups and I felt like whenever I had a problem I actually knew who to talk to
and I felt like even there are so many people they still individually deal with
your trouble, for example I didn't study in English I study in Dutch so I
had to learn Dutch just for the study and in the beginning of course that was
really hard and so they offered me to get video lectures for the first year so
could literally rewatch all the lectures and it made my life so much
easier so this kind of stuff is what I really appreciate about the University
of Amsterdam because it's massive amounts of students but still you get so
much help and then also of course what's really nice is that you have exams every
month so you actually keep studying so you don't have to force yourself to have
a structure because you're actually forced to study every month so that's
really that that seems to be stressful in the beginning but it really helps and
then specific for international students - how many Dutch students are here today
that's quite a few okay because I also have some tips specifically for
internationals I know you're not going to be starting next year so coming up
year, but you're going to be starting the year after if you're gonna start. But
what I highly recommend is that you open a bank account on time because this
helps you to actually get a phone contract you need to have money on an
account for about six months before you can actually get a phone contract and if
you want to call your parents from time to time like me everyday then it
really helps to have a contract of course. So you could use
internet to call over whatsapp furthermore I recommend that you already
sign up for housing now and you make sure it's registered housing if you want
to receive your food packages from home because otherwise yeah you need you know
you need to be registered on an address in order to be able to get a number
here like a citizenship number so you can get a job you can get insurance all
this kind of stuff there's some practical tips but nobody told me you
know would have been glad other than that I think this is as much as I can
give you all the way but I think you probably have questions about how it is
to be a student here so I propose you have like five minutes to throw them all
at me and I try to answer them so go
are there any questions about student experience? Yes. That's a challenging
question now um well how much is it supposed to be? It is forty
hours, the thing is because I do a minor parallel I study even more because I do
a second subject. But yeah you know it depends, like you have to
calculate all the hours you spend in lectures, which isn't as much because you
literally have like four lectures a week which is each lecture takes two hours
and then you have two sessions mostly in a smaller group so hours that you have
to attend are not so many but then in the end you really want to keep studying
and especially if you're planning on reading the books which is quite
interesting I would definitely recommend that you that you always keep studying a
little bit it's meant to be which is maybe important it's meant to be a
nine-to-five job which means you're literally busy from nine to five but you
have you're free in the evenings and you're free in weekends and I mean that's
great in Amsterdam because as you might know Amsterdam has quite a good party
party scene so you wanna have the weekends off of course enjoy observe
also to enjoy the cultural offers of the city but then of course in order to to
enjoy the weekend you need to see it as a nine-to-five job but that also means
that it allows you for example to work some hours for example I have a minor
job next to uni so yeah any more any other questions yes.
No, it's only starting next year that psychology is offered in English and
well for me it was I knew that all universities in the Netherlands are
really good for psychology that's kind of generally known and then Amsterdam
was a city I liked it had it had the best ranking literally and I also
wanted to learn a new language for me studying and this is also something I
can recommend to you guys for me learning Dutch was very essential
because it helps you to actually meet locals and not always stick to the
international scene which of course is also nice but I've just found it really
nice to learn Dutch so it was like an extra challenge. I also saw it would be an
extra qualification for me to parallel to uni actually also learned a language
on a really good level so yeah this was mainly the reason and then also what I
can recommend for psychology is I don't know if you noticed but sometimes
psychology belongs to different faculties at University so here it's
behavioral sciences but then if you go to different cities for example in
Germany where I was admitted also belongs to mathematical to the
mathematical faculty which means depending on which faculty it belongs to
the focus is a little bit different so in this city where was also admitted
would have been a lot of Statistics and it is it is a lot of Statistics here but
I find it's a pretty good balance so whenever you're like covered in numbers
and statistics and then then you actually get a subject that reminds you
oh yeah that's why I studied psychology initially to actually learn about people
and behavioral things so yeah any other questions?
Well guys then I hope that you aren't scared off by the selection procedure
and I hope to see some of you back in two years about, good luck!

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UvA Bachelor's Programme Psychology
DR. A. (Annemie) Ploeger, University of Amsterdam
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