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Students, interns, researchers and teachers tell their story


A city of culture and contrasts

Veronica Simmelink, intern, BA Art History:

"St. Petersburg is in one word amazing. A city of contrasts, culture and greatness. It was special to do an internship in a metropolis and still keep a small piece of the Netherlands with me through the NIP. "


Dostoyevsky in St Petersburg

Maurits Potappel of Stichting Landmerk about his experiences at the NIP and in St Petersburg:

"Actually being in St. Petersburg enabled us to really grasp the soul of the book - and thereby also getting to know the famous "Russian soul.”" 

Stijn Janssen, Master's student Physics, Radboud universiteit

Two months in Saint Petersburg

Stijn Janssen, master student of physics, Radboud University. Grant student of the NIP for his research at the Ioffe institute. 

''Working in one of Russia's largest research institutions, which has just celebrated its centenary, was simply fantastic!'' 

Return to St. Petersburg

Julia ten Bos, intern at the NIP, MA, Leiden University

''Saint Petersburg has a lot to offer and nothing is as it seems. While you can lose yourself at all sorts of hidden squares and courtyards in the weekends, you can always go to the NIP.''

''Why Russia?''

Camille Merlen, PhD student and lecturer of international relations, University of Kent (United Kingdom)

''Anyone who is interested in art, history and politics surely cannot overlook Russia.'' 

Joost Schokkenbroek

An epicenter of vibrant souls

Joost Schokkenbroek, Chief Curator of Het Scheepvaartmuseum; Professor of Maritime History and Maritime Heritage

"It is my great wish and firm conviction that the Netherlands Institute in St. Petersburg will be granted a long life.'' 

Studenten RU Nijmegen

In Russia, nothing is as it seems

Heleen Ris and Janneke Toonders, Radboud University Nijmegen

In April 2018 a group of students from Radboud University Nijmegen visited Saint Petersburg on a research and study trip. Read more about Heleen and Janneke’s impression of St. Petersburg.



First impressions: Russia

Pat Horst, BA-student International Relations (Leiden University), trainee at the NIP:

"Rubles are still quite the mystery to me, but I’m beginning to love St. Petersburg.''

Laura Brouwer

Dean’s Trip

Laura Brouwer, third year student International Development at the Leiden University College (LUC):

"The program truly allowed us to experience the dynamics of a city and its people.'' 

Don’t think about it - just do it!

Julia Danu, Research Master Student Linguistics, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

'' ... let me just say that everybody should go there at least once in life. This is the city of contrasts- it has a place for everything and everyone.''