"Every year, you have courses in which you work together with people from different fields, to analyse and try to solve sustainability problems from all directions."
"During the last years of my high school career, I started thinking about possible bachelor studies. This was a challenge for me; I was interested in many different things, ranging from physics to history. I therefore started to look at relatively broad studies in which specialization was still possible. By accident, the bachelor Global Sustainability Science (GSS) crossed my path, a fairly new study with many different directions.
I did not regret my decision for a second after starting this bachelor. Besides the fact that GSS is a broad study - you can focus on the political aspects but also on the more physical energy transition - there is also a lot of interaction between the directions. Every year, you have courses in which you work together with people from different fields, to analyse and try to solve sustainability problems from all directions.
Are you interested in sustainability and in working with students from all over the world to contribute to the solution? Then GSS is the study programme for you! In addition to the many interesting lectures and work groups, there is also a lot of space for contact with your fellow students. Within GSS I have found my place among all friendly and open-minded students. I'm positive you will find your place here too!"
''The international environment allows for a mixture of dynamic ideas to always circulate in discussion''
Droovi de Zilva
“Are you concerned about our planet's future? Are you interested in gaining a broad knowledge about the sustainability issues around the world and become part of the solution? Then Global Sustainability Science is a study for you! Come and be a part of the future generation of world leaders in sustainability.
It is an exhilarating journey through learning about the issues, how to solve them and then contributing to change at a local and global scale. The broad base of your core subjects combined with your specific track knowledge becomes a powerhouse when working together to solve sustainability issues. Additionally, the electives provide you with the flexibility to explore new subjects and apply your skills outside the field of sustainability.
You will be surrounded by students who come from various walks of life, each with their own take on sustainability. This international environment allows for a mixture of dynamic ideas to always circulate in discussion.
Global Sustainability Science, along with its driven students and passionate teachers, equips you with the tools to launch you forth and become part of the driving force of sustainable development making this a perfect beginning for anyone interested in sustainability!”
''I do not want to solve problems, I want to prevent them''
Mathijs van Leeuwen
“During my high school years I reflected a lot about what my goals and wishes were for the future. It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do. At one point I was torn between studying medicine and Global Sustainability Science. But one night the solution appeared right in front of me: I do not want to solve problems, I want to prevent them. It was not difficult anymore once I had that realisation. GSS is aimed toward sustainability; it is something meant for future generations of humanity, but requires us to invest in that future.
This future-oriented perspective was not the only thing that drew me towards Global Sustainability Sciences. Ever since I was a little kid, I have always been interested in a lot of topics. This broad interest gets satisfied by the multidisciplinary approach of our study. Being able to combine elements of social sciences with exact sciences, and applying that theory to brainstorm about ideas that might save our planet is amazing. Studying something that fits me that well in a city like Utrecht where parties are abound is everything that I wished for when choosing my study.”
''It allows you to explore the different fields that interest you, but always relates it back to sustainability''
''Throughout my childhood, and teenage years, I was always interested in so many different things. I initially wanted to study International Business, but then realized I always had a passion for sustainability. However, I couldn’t give up my interest for business. I found GSS while looking for courses in Europe that combine sustainability and the social aspect of it. Innovation is needed, however, the science that proves climate change exist is already saturated enough, and what we need for a sustainable future is societal change and policy change. That is why I like the course Global sustainability science because it allows you to explore the different fields that interest you, but always relates it back to sustainability. Another reason why I chose to study in the Netherlands is because of the country’s high level of English proficiency. As an international student, I came all the way to the Netherlands from Japan, on my own, and I was taken back by the generosity and kindness I received already in the first few months. Utrecht is such a welcoming, student-friendly, busy but not too busy, warm environment, and I am grateful that my past self chose this university. I will not trade my bachelor life for anywhere else. I met so many inspiring, kind, and friendly people in this bachelor, and the students here also play a major role in why I enjoy this bachelor so much.''