Life in Amsterdam

A global 'village'

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and a famous global city with a cosmopolitan and multicultural character. You might be surprised to learn that it is actually quite small, with just 800.000 inhabitants and measuring about 13 km (9 miles) across. This makes Amsterdam a unique and welcoming city, easy to get to know and easy to get around, especially by bicycle.

Amsterdam offers the advantages of a world class city in the forms of culture, entertainment, good public transport, international shops and facilities, history and heritage, while also retaining the friendly and safe atmopshere more typical of smaller cities.

Amsterdam is also relatively easy to reach from almost anywhere around the globe, with Schiphol airport being one of the largest international airports in the world and just half an hour from AUC.  

Amsterdam is brimming with creativity and innovation, and has proven itself to be an attractive city for international investment throughout the centuries, from the Golden Age right up until the present day. Perenially regarded as one of the 'top cities' in Europe, Amsterdam is recognised as a European knowledge hub and a key player in the global economy, at the forefront of international industry, business and financial services, with high levels of talent and excellent connections to the rest of the world.

Amsterdam is a living, thriving and forward-thinking city, with a large population of highly educated young professionals and students. In its picturesque streets, the latest trends and technologies happily rub shoulders with its historic past, and you will quickly discover that there is a lot more to Dutch culture than stereotypes may have led you to believe.

Amsterdam is home to diversity

Whether you want to study in a city full of museums, art galleries and theatres, or one offering vibrant nightlife and fantastic shopping; whether you are looking for cosy pubs, literary caf├ęs and tranquil parks, or want to move to a global business hub and international knowledge centre; whether you want to experience a city with a rich and complex historic heritage, or one full of young people and cutting-edge trends: Amsterdam is the place for you.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

21 February 2018