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Rain, Rain, Go Away?: Why the Weather in Holland Shouldn’t Scare You Away from Studying Here!

Rain, Rain, Go Away?: Why the Weather in Holland Shouldn’t Scare You Away from Studying Here!

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.

Why the Museumkaart should make you want to study in the Netherlands

Why the Museumkaart should make you want to study in the Netherlands

“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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

Week of the International Student: Michael's Day

Week of the International Student: Michael's Day

If you missed my live stream and/or instagram stories about a typical Friday for me in Amsterdam, here is your chance to see it! Make sure to watch the live stream at the bottom of this page to hear me answer some questions and even play a little saxophone at the end. Without further ado, a international student's Friday in Amsterdam:

America vs. The Netherlands Part 2: an American’s thoughts on the American and Dutch university experience

America vs. The Netherlands Part 2: an American’s thoughts on the American and Dutch university experience

The Netherlands and the United States are two of the biggest destinations for international students. But, if you’ve never been to either, how do you make a decision on where to attend university? How does the experience differ?

Make America Sane Again: How an American in Holland deals with watching and participating in a crazy election season

Make America Sane Again: How an American in Holland deals with watching and participating in a crazy election season

Watching the US presidential debates, one might think that a 21st century Genghis Kahn is amassing an army in Mexico ready to invade, every single email is a top secret document that will bring down the United States, and discussing actual policy is political suicide.

America vs. The Netherlands Part 1: an American’s thoughts on the American and Dutch university experience

America vs. The Netherlands Part 1: an American’s thoughts on the American and Dutch university experience

The Netherlands and the United States are two of the biggest destinations for international students. But, if you’ve never been to either, how do you make a decision on where to attend university? How does the experience differ?

When in the Netherlands, travel as the Dutch do: How I planned my first bike trips through the Netherlands

When in the Netherlands, travel as the Dutch do: How I planned my first bike trips through the Netherlands

If you’re like me, when you think about traveling within Europe, your brain goes straight to train or super cheap airline, right? While both of these options are great, studying in the Netherlands offers a truly unique opportunity: access to the best country-wide bike route network in the world.

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