Life in the Netherlands

Tulips, clogs, windmills - those are often the things that come to mind when thinking of Holland, or the Kingdom of the Netherlands as it is officially known. But there is, of course, much more to the Netherlands than just its tourist attractions.

Living in the Netherlands you will experience at first-hand its famously tolerant society, and learn how it has been a safe haven over the centuries for many different persecuted minorities. You will see evidence of its former status as a colonial power and sea-faring nation, and discover how its position at the mouth of the river Rhine has ensured the importance of international (overseas) trade throughout its history, leaving its mark on this very outward-looking and internationally oriented country and its people. You will become familiar with its age-old battle with the sea, and its very special relationship with water. You will discover why, although only a small country in terms of geographic size and population, it is still among the top economic powers in the world.

Get acquainted with Dutch culture

Dig a little deeper, take the time to get to know the Netherlands even better, and you will be fascinated by the rich and diverse Dutch heritage, the Dutch traditions and all the different facets of Dutch culture. And don't be put off by claims that the Dutch language is hard to learn: it's not, and nothing charms the Dutch more than someone making the effort to speak their language! AUC offers courses in the Dutch language and culture, so that its international students can make the most of their time in this fascinating country.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

11 April 2017