Study Abroad in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Fall in love with one of the most eclectic and culturally rich cities in Europe. Whether you’re walking, biking, or riding a boat down the city’s famous canals, there is always something new to explore in Amsterdam. Home to residents from over 180 nationalities, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, people are drawn to Amsterdam as a Mecca for personal freedom and tolerance. In addition to Amsterdam’s historic significance, the city is also on the cutting edge of using technology and data to improve city services and environmental sustainability.

About the Country


A country rich in history, architecture, and culture, there is hardly enough time in just one semester to explore everything the Netherlands has to offer. The Netherlands is one of the founding members of the European Union and NATO, hosts the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and is famously regarded as a very liberal and progressive country. The Netherlands was home to many famous painters, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen, van Gogh, and Mondriaan; and philosophers like Erasmus of Rotterdam and Spinoza. With a population of 17.25 million living within around 16,000 square miles, the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and 50% of the country is only 3 feet above sea level. Whether you’re drawn to the cheese or wooden clogs, tulips or canals, herring or bikes, windmills or art, the Netherlands is a great place to explore abroad.

Ahmad Refky, Senior Director of International Operations

Ahmad is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for 22 years. His first foray into study abroad came when he lived in the U.S. as an exchange student during his senior year of high school. That experience inspired him to work in international education, where he has built his career over the past decade. After graduating with a BA in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, Ahmad immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, where he pursued his graduate studies at DePaul University and studied abroad in The Netherlands as part of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society. More


Adventurous Amsterdam


Local Highlights

Explore Jordaan

A charming neighborhood with narrow streets, art galleries, small courtyard gardens, and quaint bars and restaurants, Jordaan makes it easy for you to let yourself wander through it.

Canal Belt Cruise

Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal belt is best seen by cruise boat. Built in the 17th century to keep the sea at bay, the canals set the city apart from its European peers. Floating under bridges and viewing the city from a boat is a great trip to do during the day or night.


How does outdoor theatre, live concerts, bars, restaurants, and 47 acres of park sound? If you’re even tempted a little, check out Amsterdam’s most popular green space, which hosts events year round.


Over 1,000 works by the Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh are displayed in the Van Gogh Museum. Learn more about his history and take a closer look at his world-famous paintings.

Get Around on Two Wheels

Join the biking culture in Amsterdam for a fun way to see the city and blend in with the locals. With more than 400 km of bicycle paths and some 200,000 bicycle racks throughout Amsterdam, biking is the perfect mode of transportation to school, out with friends, or just to explore.


To Get the Best Experience  
Be open minded and indulge yourself into the culture to get the best experience!

Alyssa Tome
Mt. San Antonio College,
Fall 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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