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.
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 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. MoreMore