The Netherlands is one of the world’s most prosperous countries given its natural resources and advanced role in industries and world commerce. The name Netherlands literally means “low lands” as over fifty percent of the nation’s land is a meter below sea level and much of the country would be underwater if not for the intricate network of dykes and dams. With a long coastline and many rivers, lakes, and canals, the Netherlands is greatly characterized by water-fueling the iconic windmills that are scattered along the lush, green countryside.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is an ideal study location for anyone looking for an uncommon but unmistakably European experience. Founded in the 12th century as a small fishing village, Amsterdam became an important trading port during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. This beginning is what helped to shape the iconic canals and low-laying brick buildings that are quintessential to the city today. Although Amsterdam has over 850,000 inhabitants, it is relatively compact and easily accessible to locals and visitors alike.
This highly-diverse cultural hub is known for world renowned art and museums, all with a evidently cozy and laid-back atmosphere. With hundreds of cafes, The Dutch are welcoming to foreigners and and visitors who wish to marvel in the city’s beauty.
ISA Winter Programs in The Netherlands
Amsterdam – Multi-Disciplinary Studies with a Fieldwork Component
- University: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Dates: 29 June 2018 to 28 July 2018
- Application Deadline: 25 March 2018
- Cost: $5,250 USD
- Learn more on the ISA website