Since the 'products' thread viewtopic.php?f=59&t=21063
was getting offtopic (not so much about products anymore), I made a new thread for other kinds of talking.
Things being in Dutch isn't a bad thing, I'm trying to learn to speak and read as much as I can before I get there (plus I like a challenge). It's not the same living in a country and not being able to speak the language. Plus being half Dutch I feel a little obliged to learn, in a good way.
Failing that there is always Google and Mac translate.
Lutin I would appreciate a tour, that would be cool. The only other person I know in Groningen is a German girl from Hamburg, you you have officially doubled the circle of people I know :D and she isn't vegan either.
What do you study/do at the University?
I'm in my last year as a PhD at the RUG. ....There are quite a few Germans around. Most of the Psychology Faculty is German, actually. Not many Dutchies there, they all go elsewhere (Rotterdam or Nijmegen). Did you see the PM I sent with more specific Groningen info? And sure, I'd be happy to show you around.
When I started a couple of years ago, Dutch was definitely required. But the university has been actively (aggressively) recruiting from abroad --- one of the grad programme directors recently told me the RUG is now the most international university in the Netherlands --- so there's a lot more English in the city now, too. A lot. Dutch is definitely helpful, e.g. my dept. is one of the last primarily Dutch depts. in the university, so even dept./research group meetings default to Dutch unless I specifically ask to switch to English. But pretty much in every other context, English is the norm.