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Netherlands For Dummies

Netherlands For Dummies

The good and the bad, and why you should choose the Netherlands.

Hoi? Hello? Is it really important to know Dutch language to studying in Holland?

Hoi? Hello? Is it really important to know Dutch language to studying in Holland?

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!

You Can Rip My Name Off, But You CANNOT Obliterate My Identity: A Chinese Girl Studying in Holland

You Can Rip My Name Off, But You CANNOT Obliterate My Identity: A Chinese Girl Studying in Holland

Posted by Liu Zhu at Mar 12, 2017 08:55 AM

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.

5 Anti-Mainstream & Instagrammable Places to Eat You Gotta Explore in the Netherlands

5 Anti-Mainstream & Instagrammable Places to Eat You Gotta Explore in the Netherlands

Posted by Angel Tania at Mar 06, 2017 03:31 PM

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!

VOLUNTEER is a great way to spice up your student life in the Netherlands

VOLUNTEER is a great way to spice up your student life in the Netherlands

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.

University Life:Expectation VS Reality

University Life:Expectation VS Reality

Posted by Deviprasad Nair at Feb 22, 2017 06:12 PM
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7 months in, my life in theNetherlands.

A Saturday exploration of Amsterdam

A Saturday exploration of Amsterdam

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!!!

What’s a Huisarts?: How going to the Doctor works in the Netherlands

What’s a Huisarts?: How going to the Doctor works in the Netherlands

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.

6 reasons why the introduction week in Holland is something you should not miss!

6 reasons why the introduction week in Holland is something you should not miss!

Posted by Boeun Park at Feb 12, 2017 12:48 PM

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!

Welcome to Study in Holland! Tips and How-tos to make your life easier in Holland - 2

Welcome to Study in Holland! Tips and How-tos to make your life easier in Holland - 2

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!

Welcome to Study in Holland! Tips and How-tos to make your life easier in Holland - 1

Welcome to Study in Holland! Tips and How-tos to make your life easier in Holland - 1

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!

[VLOG] Exploring Trip to Utrecht: Finding the Famous Church

[VLOG] Exploring Trip to Utrecht: Finding the Famous Church

Posted by Liu Zhu at Feb 12, 2017 11:58 AM

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...

Step 3 in "Get yourself to Holland": scholarship application

Step 3 in "Get yourself to Holland": scholarship application

Posted by Chung Thanh Le at Feb 03, 2017 04:55 PM

In this blog, I want to share with you some information about the scholarship application assessment from a member of a scholarship committee (Amsterdam University College). And as a recipient of AUC scholarship for my bachelor and Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship for my master, i also note down some advice to help you build a strong case for your scholarship application

The Million Dollar, or Euro, or Kroner, question: How and Why I Choose Amsterdam

The Million Dollar, or Euro, or Kroner, question: How and Why I Choose Amsterdam

This time last year I was in the midst of applying to schools in Europe. I had just decided against looking at master’s degrees in the US and had started to narrow down my options in Europe. If you’re currently working on applications, you’ll understand the worries I was experiencing. How do I choose when there are so many great schools and so many beautiful cities throughout Europe when I live on a different continent?

Family Time: Showing my family Amsterdam

Family Time: Showing my family Amsterdam

In the US, Christmas time is usually spent with family. Schools and universities take a holiday and many work places give people a bit of time off, so it’s always a good time to spend time with family. My family would usually try to take a trip to see the grandparents somewhere in the US, or at least take a family trip. This year, my family traveled to Amsterdam to see me!

What to do during long cold holidays in Holland? How I spent holiday in Holland!

What to do during long cold holidays in Holland? How I spent holiday in Holland!

When your family live 8500km away and you are in low budget to afford the trip, what can you do during long holidays in Holland? Here I share my holiday experience as an international student who decided to stay in Holland!

Amsterdam for Book Lovers: Where to find English books

Amsterdam for Book Lovers: Where to find English books

Posted by Michael Anderson at Jan 10, 2017 01:52 PM

I love reading, and coming from the US, I couldn’t bring a lot of books to read. I was worried that I would have trouble finding a good selection of English books in a Dutch speaking country. I was totally wrong! There are many, many bookstores in Amsterdam, including English language bookstores.

Build Cultural Awareness Instead of Cultural Shock: The Struggle of a Chinese Girl Studying in Holland

Build Cultural Awareness Instead of Cultural Shock: The Struggle of a Chinese Girl Studying in Holland

Posted by Liu Zhu at Feb 14, 2017 09:35 PM

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.

My Christmas holiday season this year

My Christmas holiday season this year

Do you ever wonder what international students do before and during Christmas holiday season, especially those who don’t go back home or are from a country that doesn’t celebrate Xmas? Well wonder no further, I will give you a peek into my last two weeks of life ;)

Another Week, Another King: Stumbling across a state visit by the Belgian King

Another Week, Another King: Stumbling across a state visit by the Belgian King

Posted by Michael Anderson at Dec 18, 2016 07:04 PM

Around a month ago I met King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The very next week, while hoping to visit the royal palace, I ran into King Phillippe of Belgium laying flowers at the foot of the national monument in Amsterdam. I can’t avoid royalty now!

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