The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830, Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
- Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, known for its warm and inclusive attitude, and rich history.Located in North Holland, Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, known for its warm and inclusive attitude, and rich history. Every year, over 5 million visitors are drawn to Amsterdam by its cannabis coffee shops, historical sites and red-light district. International students from all around the world who are wanting to undertake a higher education in Amsterdam will fall in love with the small-city feel, high quality of life and exciting opportunities. Read on to learn more about why you should consider education in Amsterdam. Or, visit I amsterdam's guide to studying abroad in this gorgeous city!
- International students at schools and universities in Amsterdam are as diverse as the city itself. Every year, around 6,000 students come from around the world to study a Bachelor or Master program in Amsterdam. Especially in arts and creative programs, a majority of the students are international. In particular, students from Germany, Italy, the UK, Greece and China are drawn to undertake an education in Amsterdam. On top of being able to cycle everywhere, beautiful trips along the canals and open-minded, friendly locals, Amsterdam is so close to the rest of Europe, meaning a weekend study break is an accessible option!
- As with a lot of European countries, a majority of people in the Netherlands speak English, having learned it in school from a young age. So, to study and live in Amsterdam, you do not need to be speak Dutch. However, to fully immerse yourself in the culture and the people, even a basic knowledge of Dutch will help you integrate and gain a more authentic experience. Because of their fluency in English, you may find that people in Amsterdam may switch to English once they hear a foreign accent. However, persevere and practice! And if they keep talking in English, ask them to switch back to Dutch. The more you talk, the easier it'll become.A lot of the schools in Amsterdam with a strong international focus will offer some form of Dutch classes to help foreign students gain a fluency in the language. Check with your schools international department to see what opportunities there are, or click the link below for a list of other organizations that offer Dutch classes.
- Regardless of whether or not you speak Dutch or if you studied in Amsterdam or elsewhere around the world, you will find an amazing array of career opportunities there. A thriving economy and international focus is perfect for everyone, even those who do not speak Dutch. There are also plenty of opportunities for current students to undertake internships, work placements and part-time jobs.
- Undertaking an internship, either while or after studying, is a great opportunity to gain some in-situ experience, lock down some professional contacts and truly determine if this is the career path for you. There are different types of internships available. You can spend a semester of study working as part of a team of a company, a semester writing your thesis at a company to address issues or topics within the industry, or undertake an internship after graduating, putting everything you learned in your coursework into practice.