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A question I’ve had a lot of people ask me since I moved to Amsterdam is, “how are you handling all the rain and the dark cold winters???”. I’ve even had people say “I don’t think I could ever live somewhere that it rains so much”. Thankfully it’s not as bad as it gets made out to be. I’ve now lived through all four seasons here in Holland and I can tell you that just looking up the weather on google will not give you a fair idea of the reality.
"Must be cool living in Amsterdam, right?", "do you drink milk every day?", "Isn't it hard, studying something in Dutch?". Those are the questions I often got from many people when they found out that I am a student in the Netherlands. But are those stereotypes true or not? Let's find out!
Decided to learn Dutch language but don’t know anything about it? Then stay tune! I would like to share my story about how I started learning Dutch!
My view on the design culture in Netherlands
What's the most ridiculous or stupid questions Dutch people cannot tolerate?? In order to get your daily dose of happiness, find these questions in the videos and ask your Dutch friends!
“So why should a card make me choose to study in the Netherlands?” you might be asking yourself. Well, there are many, many reasons you should want to study in this small, but big thinking country. For instance, 1 in 10 students are international students, the Dutch are some of the best non-native english speakers in the world, and of course, Dutch universities are some of the best in the world! Here’s how the museumkaart will be another.
Probably by now a lot of you have already received an admission letter, and some may be still waiting for scholarship results. I was in your shoes 5 years ago, so I understand the anxiety and excitement that you are going through now. Therefore, today I m gonna share with you some tips that help you gear up and get a head start for your new life in Netherlands.
Do you have stereotypes about people from other cultures? In today's crispy new video, I invited my Dutch friend Boudewijn to talk about cultural stereotypes! Does Chinese eat dog meat? Is Dutch always stoned? Let's find out in the video!
The good and the bad, and why you should choose the Netherlands.
When you go abroad to study or live, one of the most concerns that you have must be the language. But in the Netherlands, one of the most fluent English speaking European countries, your concern to be able to communicate with people must be mild. However, as Dutch is the native language in Holland, how important would it be to know Dutch? Here, I share my experience related to Dutch language in Holland!
Everyone knows Amsterdam is covered in bikes right? People bike everywhere, and sometimes these people get in accidents. Sometimes, instead of the strangers getting in accidents, it’s you! On December 15th, it was my turn. What came of it though? A trip to the doctor, or to be more correct here in the Netherlands, the Huisarts.
Many of you may not hear about the drama recently happened in one of the most famous university around the world: ripping off Chinese nametags incident in Columbia University. What do names mean to us? Does Holland have the same version of stories? Does the same thing happen to my friends and me here? Let me tell you my story.
My mom used to say that the way to win a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, I guess that wisdom applies to countries too. The Netherlands has won my heart through its delicacies. Not the mainstream harring, boerenkool, stampoot, or kibbeling you come across in regular articles or books, though (even though my love for kibbeling is eternal)… As a full-time student and part-time foodie, I proudly present you the ultimate taste-bud pleaser from the land of windmills!
To me, studying abroad has never been only about stuffing my brain with academic skills and knowledge, but also about experiencing life in a different way in a different country and learning from actually BEING in the new living environment. One way of doing so for me is to get actively involved in different volunteer activities, be it for a noble cause or not.
7 months in, my life in theNetherlands.
Part of studying abroad is experiencing a new life in a new city. Last Saturday I decided to spend a whole day strolling around Amsterdam by myself, visiting a couple of cafes in town, and then meeting up with my friends in the evening. It was a super fun day. Who knows that doing stuff alone can also be so much fun!!!
Build Cultural Awareness Instead of Cultural Shock: The Struggle of a Chinese Girl Studying in Holland
Five months have already passed since I arrived at Amsterdam airport from Shanghai, China. I have already lived through the so-called “honeymoon” phase, survived in the stormy “depression” phase, and successfully entered the adjusting phase. I remember that a few months ago my British classmate asked me whether I had suffered from “cultural shock”. Now, I would like to answer this question by using “cultural awareness” instead of “shock”. In today’s blog, I will walk you through the cultural awareness I have built during my study experience.
New semester is about to start! Before you jump into the study, study and study there is something you should not miss to make your student life in Holland more exciting. The introduction week! This week, I have attended the introduction week and heard 6 different stories from 6 different new students. Let’s see what is so special in the introduction week in Dutch University!
Do you want to know more about Dutch cities? Come with me to explore one of the oldest city in the Netherlands--Utrecht! One Saturday, my friend Chung who is currently studying in Amsterdam and I decided to meet up in this beautiful city to find the famous and quaint church "Jacobikerk"! During our exploring journey, we discovered many unexpected things, including open market, rainbow pavement, Miffy lights and diverse citizens...
The exciting new study year is waiting for you! Are you nervous? Excited? Or feel like you are fully ready for the adventure in the new environment? Here, I will give you some introduction advice for you, the newly arriving students!