Imagine learning not only while you’re sitting in class, but also while exploring the Van Gogh Museum, trying your first Stroopwafel, or on a bike ride for daily errands. This is what it's like to study abroad in the Netherlands!
With us, you'll take learning outside the classroom as you visit world-famous sites and immerse yourself in the relaxed and progressive culture, making the Netherlands a perfect host country for study abroad.
To top it all off, our excursions take you throughout the region to explore sites such as the vibrant countryside tulip fields and the stately streets of The Hague. What’s not to like about studying abroad in The Netherlands?
As the capital and largest city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam—with its picturesque canals, open-minded residents, and amazing arts scene—is very easy to get around in (especially by bike).
The Van Gogh Museum has attracted more than 2 million visitors since it opened in 1973. The museum boasts the largest collection in the world of the artist's work. It is separated into five chronological sections of van Gogh's career, such as "Early Life," "Paris," etc.
Anne Frank House
This extraordinary museum is not only dedicated to Anne Frank, but also the millions of people who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Frank's House, the "Secret Annex," is preserved as it was when she lived here many years ago; many of her posters still hang on the wall.
The Amsterdam boat tours are incredibly informative and reasonably priced. There are several companies that offer different tours: jazz cruise, night cruise, architecture cruise, red-light cruise, and more. The tour, which is presented in multiple languages, points out main museums and sights.
Amsterdam is a really cool city, and while this might seem empirical, it has taken some time for me to come to appreciate this. From my apartment in the financial district, Amsterdam looks like Boston or Long Island City. The culture appears broadly metropolitan, and rather international. In other words, the shift has not been radical, or especially "shocking." This was weird at first. I expected this tremendous transition, this intense adjustment to local customs and ways of being.
We IES Abroad Amsterdam students got to pick between two popular cities in the Netherlands, Utrecht and Rotterdam, for a day trip this weekend. About 40 students and I enjoyed the beautiful weather in Rotterdam, Netherlands for our day trip. Students first got to experience the city from above at Euromast, an observation tower that offers stunning views from 185 meters in the sky!
Part of the fun of starting fresh in a completely new city, program, and environment is that it’s a departure from the norm. I chose to go abroad for the purpose of newness on every level. But with newness comes change, and with change comes anxieties. I'm flying to Amsterdam tomorrow, and in order to cope with this transition, I've thought of some things I’m excited for, and things I'm anxious about.
Although I arrived a week early in Amsterdam in order to get situated and comfortable, my anxiety has already started to get the best of me. Despite this, I'm using my time to focus on what I can control: my outlook.