Say "Hallo" to a New Center Space for IES Abroad Amsterdam!

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Jill Kruidenier
April 28, 2014

We are pleased to announce that IES Abroad Amsterdam is now housed in its own Center!

The University of Amsterdam has been an excellent host for the past 10 years, providing an office at a former maritime school (‘Oude Zeevaartschool’), a former warehouse for the East India Company (‘Bushuis’) and a former female correction center (‘Spinhuis’).

The new Center is located in yet another historic building, a former army barracks, the Oranje Nassau Kazerne. The barracks were built by orders of Napoleon in 1810 but were handed over to the first King of the Netherlands (King Willem I) in 1814. In the 1990s, the building was restored and the ground floor spaces are now used as offices.

The spacious Center offers two offices for IES Abroad staff, a working station for (visiting) faculty, a study lounge area, and a classroom. The Center also has WiFi Internet access and printers.

Centrally located on the Sarphatistraat, our Center is on the east side of the city center and opposite Artis Zoo—less than five minutes cycling from the Funen housing (for students on the Study in Amsterdam, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and Gerrit Rietveld Academie programs); less than five minutes from the University of Amsterdam Social Sciences Campus; 10 minutes from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam; and 25-30 minutes to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

The move to the new Center coincided with the 10th anniversary of IES Abroad Amsterdam. Following the Dutch tradition, the Center hosted a borrel (reception) for faculty, academic partners, housing partners, and other supporters of IES Abroad. They also enjoyed a visit from founding director, Ana Maria Wiseman. 

Google Map of IES Abroad Amsterdam's points of interest

IES Abroad Amsterdam staff 

IES Abroad students in the student lounge


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