Judith Sponselee

Liberal Arts BA

Everyone brings their own country’s culture and perspective with them to seminars and discussions.

Why did you decide to study Liberal Arts?

Liberal Arts offers lots of subjects within one programme of study, so you can do a bit of law, some sociology, politics and psychology, for example. I feel like I’ve had a broader education this way.

Why did you choose to study it at Kent?

I went to an international study abroad fair. There was a guy there from the University of Kent – he told me about the programme and sold it so well that I decided to come to the open day. I met the course director that day and thought the course sounded great, the campus was amazing and the city beautiful.

What are the benefits of studying in the UK?

I’m from the Netherlands and when I was growing up we had lots of holidays to England and I love the people and language. I wanted to perfect my English as my dream is to work for an international organisation.

Tell me about a piece of work that you found particularly interesting?

In my first year, we had to do a research project. I did mine on the decline of the church in the Netherlands and interviewed a couple of priests over there. It was very challenging, because I had to do the research and write up the report myself.

What are the other students like?

We were the first intake on to the programme, so we’re a very tight group. It’s a small group but very international – we have six or seven nationalities represented, which keeps things interesting. Everyone brings their own country’s culture and perspective with them to seminars and discussions.

Where did you spend your year abroad?

In Madrid, at Universidad Complutense, studying politics and sociology. My year abroad was one of the best years of my life.

The modules were very interesting – they were all in Spanish, which was tough to follow, especially at the beginning. But it was such a good way to meet new people and get in touch with other cultures. I spent a lot of time in cafés, dancing salsa and travelling around Spain. It was an amazing year.

What clubs and societies have you been involved with?

In my first year I joined the hockey club and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made here. I’ve found most of my friends through hockey. Joining a sports club is a good way to combine sports and social events and something I’d recommend, even if you haven’t played before.

What do you like most about Canterbury and the surrounding area?

Canterbury’s a compact city, which means that you run into people that you know from your course. It’s so pretty, with the cathedral and shops. I love England and think that Canterbury is one of the most English cities. I enjoy hiking and cycling, and there are lots of opportunities to do both here.

What are your future plans?

Next year, I want to do a Master’s in International Relations in France.

I’m looking at Strasbourg, because that’s famous for politics. After that, I’d like to work for the United Nations.

What advice would you give to a new student?

Put yourself out there, go to the freshers fair and join as many clubs and societies as you want. It’s a great way to meet people to study with and go out with.