Most of the student life in Holland happens off-campus.
Although the buildings of a single university might be spread throughout a city and only some higher education institutions have campuses, they do have a real student culture.
Each institution has a network of associations that bring students together for academic activities, sports and recreation. All of these associations are run by students, and some of them are internationally oriented. Two of the larger international student associations are AIESEC and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN).
Many cities also have several separate student associations, not connected to any institution. And there are usually pubs, restaurants and other meeting places where many students hang out.
Generally speaking, the Dutch higher education community seeks to be part of society and is not isolated from it.
There is plenty to see in Holland, whether you’re strolling through town, making a boat trip on the canals or lakes, lazing on the beach or walking in the woods and dunes.
Major international music stars regularly play at Dutch stadiums and smaller venues. Musicals and theatre are also very popular and with over 1,000 museums there is a lot to discover.
And don’t be surprised to see people dressed in orange and partying in the street on King’s Day or during international football championships.