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Dutch Culture I Captured while Studying Abroad in Amsterdam

June 04, 2024
by Angela Passalacqua
Three study abroad students posing behind a pair of large wooden clogs and smiling at the camera

Pictures of Dutch Culture I Captured from Studying Abroad in Amsterdam 

My inspiration for my photoset really came from my best friends who I met while studying abroad in Amsterdam. Going alone to a foreign country was the riskiest adventure I ever completed. I was scared and questioned whether I was making the right decision by going alone. Little did I know, I was about to meet my best friends.  

A group of study abroad students taking a selfie in a mirror

My friends and I at the famous Museum of Modern Art. 

What I Captured 

Study Abroad Friends 

Lauren, Kendall, and Maya are who made this experience the most incredible adventure of my life.  

A group of study abroad students sitting in front of an open window and smiling at the camera

Dinner with a view. 

I took a huge risk by going alone and I can without a doubt say that it paid off. I had no idea that my best friends were going to be from different parts of the country.  

A group of study abroad students smiling at the camera in a darkened room

The famous Amsterdam Icebar! 

Lauren was from Texas, Kendall was from Iowa, and Maya was from North Carolina but somehow, we had so much in common, and it felt like we were destined to meet, CEA CAPA was just the missing piece.  

Three study abroad students posing behind a pair of large wooden clogs and smiling at the camera

It wouldn’t be Amsterdam without clogs! 

Dutch Culture 

While studying abroad, I immersed myself in Dutch culture.  



Three study abroad students smiling at the camera in front of large windmills and a body of water in the background

The windmills blew me away.  

My friends and I went to different museums every day, we tried famous Dutch food, and truly explored every inch of the most incredible city.  


A study abroad student sitting on a stool in a room of cheese rounds, holding a cheese round and smiling at the camera

The Dutch have the best cheese! 

Every single day brought a new adventure. While abroad in Amsterdam, we visited landmarks specific to Amsterdam including the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and the Rijksmuseum.  


A group of study abroad students sitting on a mattress on the floor of a museum and smiling at the camera

Another day, another museum. 

I had such an incredible time that my parents ended up visiting Amsterdam just three months after I visited. I gave them a detailed activity sheet and loved sharing the incredible experiences with them, even though we didn’t go at the same time.  


A body of water bordered by tall houses and sidewalks with bicyclists

 Just another day in Amsterdam. 

Academics Abroad 

One of the best parts of my academic endeavors was the professors. All the professors I had the honor of learning under were some of the most successful, talented, and knowledgeable people I ever met.  

The inside of a building looking from the bottom at several floors with lights and windows

My new university! 

As a political science minor, the most incredible part of studying abroad in Amsterdam was visiting the International Criminal Court, located only in the Netherlands.  

A blue sign reading

Visiting the International Criminal Court for a class field trip. 

I experienced so many opportunities that were only possible in Amsterdam.

Angela Passalacqua is the Summer 2023 Alumni Ambassador in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and is currently studying at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
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