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Why the Amsterdam student life is the best


It is not a surprise actually, but Amsterdam is of course one of the nicest cities to the students to spend time. An English student, Phoebe Dodds, chose after a year Cambridge for the Netherlands and mentions in The Guardian six reasons why study in Amsterdam is the best.

1. You are part of the everyday life

Other than in Great Britain students in Amsterdam according to Dodds really are part of society. Dutch students are not only active within the University, but are also at sports clubs and singing groups that have nothing to do with the educational Institute. ‘ It is ideal for students to come out of the studentbubble. ‘

2. You are cycling everywhere

‘ The idea of a summer day cycling along the canals is idyllic ‘, says Dodds. ‘ But you can do this all year long, in all seasons. ‘ According to the student the advantage of cycling every day is that you are sportive, without effort.

3. Sport is integrated into the lifestyle

In the Netherlands children sport since childhood and they usually choose more than one sport. According to Dodds is the big difference with England that in the Netherlands in adulthood the Dutch still continue being sportive. To build friendships outside the University, people work out at ‘ normal ‘ sport clubs.

4. There is time to travel

For Brits it seems almost a hell, but in Amsterdam students are bound to obligations in college for 40 weeks a year. On the other side of the channel they are used to a month vacation alone at Christmas and Easter. Dodds realizes after a time in Amsterdam that the Dutch system its better to try. By lack of time you’ll be forced to make a good planning, after which you simple and cheap can visit other cities in Western Europe. Antwerp, Cologne and Paris gives the British student as a tip to visit.

5. The study pressure is flexible

The stress level on the Amsterdam universities is lower than in England. You’ll get more time to carry out commands. A student at Cambridge gets the feeling that in eight weeks time work needs to be done for ten weeks. ‘ It feels like a sprint pace that you must hold out during a long marathon. ‘

6. Master is a matter

Of course among Amsterdam students it is a matter that you passes for master degree after a Bachelor’s degree. Dodds thinks working life for students is even far away. ‘ The choice for the Bachelor’s programme does not determine your later job. There is no pressure on the choice you make. ‘

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