Margriet Krijtenburg studied Spanish philology at the University of Utrecht and wrote her doctoral thesis in Salamanca about the Spanish philosopher and writer Unamuno. To understand his thoughts she began to study his faith, Catholicism, and became Roman Catholic. In 1983 Margriet obtained her Master Degree in Spanish Philology. She started teaching and simultaneously studied English and European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained two Master degrees in 1987 and 1988.
Her doctoral thesis for European Studies was entitled “European Union, a new Utopia?” Her doctoral thesis for English was on Shakespeare’s Richard III. In 1992 she left for Rome where she studied philosophy and theology for two and a half years.
At the beginning of 1995 she went to India where she stayed for eight years and worked among others as Director of the University Exchange Programme India-Europe. Back in The Netherlands she taught European Integration and Spanish at Windesheim University (Zwolle), Fontys University (Venlo) and since 2004 at the Academy of European Studies & Communication Management of The Hague University.
In September 2008 Margriet began to work on her dissertation Schuman’s Europe and his frame of reference for European unification which she finished in 2012. Margriet is married and has had foster children for several years.