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Study Abroad in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam

Study abroad in Amsterdam and 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

Netherlands

Study abroad in the Netherlands and experience its iconic landscapes and century-old windmills as it coincides with visionary architecture and cutting-edge design. Take a boat ride in the Golden Age canals that run alongside buildings filled with rich history that still flows through them.  In the Netherlands, there is so much to experience, let its traditions inspire you while the boundless innovations captivate your imagination. From its world-class architecture to its famous rainbow fields, you're bound to feel energized and ready to explore. With world-renowned art museums in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Haarlem, and Leiden, lose yourself in some of the most iconic and artistic masterpieces. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the world’s most beautiful art museums, with works by famous and admired artists Rembrandt, Van-Gogh, and Vermeer, the museum holds 7,500 other pieces. Visit Rotterdam’s Kunsthal, where it presents only temporary exhibitions, the museum’s founders continuously highlight unseen art from around the globe. For a blend of modern and contemporary art, the gallery often features newer artwork alongside an enormous selection of de Stijl artwork. Amsterdam is full of music lovers, so much so that you can find a variety of venues, stores, clubs, and music festivals all around the city. There are excellent vinyl stores, each one with its own unique touch and sound. Amsterdam is an epicenter for live music in the Netherlands with huge concert venues like The Ziggo Dome or The Heineken Music hall. Electronic music is one of the most popular in Amsterdam, and you can expect to experience huge festivals like Into the Woods or ZeeZout, all to see some of the world’s most famous DJs. 

Frans van den Bliek, Program Director, Amsterdam

As the Program Director for Amsterdam, Frans van den Bliek is responsible for the day-to-day management of the onsite program experience, including student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, program logistics, health and safety, and program administration. More

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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.


Vondelpark

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.


Museumplein

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.


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