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Currently the VU Amsterdam Summer School team consists of Eva Janssen (Programme Coordinator), Jan Kostelijk (International Officer) and Meredith McCleary (Trainee).
After graduating in Marketing Studies, Eva worked for over 6 years as a freelance communication manager for different organizations. Focusing mainly on cultural and social events, sustainability and women’s rights. She started at the VU Amsterdam Summer School in 2014 being responsible for the recruitment of students, new course proposals and practical matters. Since 2016 she focuses on the overall development of the summer school as the programme coordinator.
“I find it an incredible idea that students from all over the world come to our university to learn about a specific topic, and that they take this knowledge back with them to their home country. I feel honored and lucky that I help in making this possible. The drive that I feel from the students that participate with us gives me great inspiration and energy."
Jan was born and raised in The Netherlands. During his Bachelor’s degree in European Studies he moved to the Czech Republic one year. His time abroad not only showed him the importance of complementing academic studies with international experience but also inspired his passion for internationalization. After graduation Jan worked at the Anne Frank House for some years. But he never lost his interest in academic internationalization and in 2016 he started working for the VU Amsterdam International Office.
“Studying abroad brought me so much, not only in the area of expanding knowledge but also on a more personal level. I think learning from other cultures and developing intercultural qualities are the most valuable things students can give to themselves.”
Meredith was born and raised in California and studies International Affairs and Communications in Boston, Massachusetts. She spent her first semester of university studying at Imperial College in London, which furthered her love of international studies and travel. Through Northeastern University, Meredith joined us in January 2017 and is working with us for 8 months in the International Office.
"My time abroad meant so much to me and taught me so much about not only the city I live in, but also what it means to be a global citizen in today's world. I honestly believe studying abroad is one of the greatest experiences someone can have and I hope other people can experience it as I did."