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The Netherlands

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A nation truly of the modern age, The Netherlands offers students of all disciplines exciting prospects for their study abroad. Arguably the first capitalist economy in the world, the Netherlands also boasts a history marked by empire and progressive reform, offering lessons in its very stones and soil. A hub of cultural, economic, and political debate and discussion even to the present day, this small country has much to offer.

BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year
Map of the Netherlands

BC students wishing to study in The Netherlands have the choice of several programs, including the University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College in Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht in Utrecht. All three programs offer exceptional access to their host city, both of which are culturally vibrant and internationally connected.

Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in The Netherlands, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in The Netherlands, your advisor is Victoria Garcia. To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment, please click here.


Currency in The Netherlands

Like other members of the EU, the Netherlands currency is the euro (€)

It is important to remember that euros and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.


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Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in The Netherlands, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Dutch Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.


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Language & Customs

Although English instruction is widespread in the Dutch educational system, the official language of The Netherlands and the one spoken primarily by over 90% of the population is Dutch. Students should be prepared to immerse themselves in the Dutch language.

Dutch customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.

Visa Information

Students will need appropriate immigration documentation when they enter theNetherlands. Appropriate immigration documentation includes: 1) original acceptance letter from Amsterdam; 2) Evidence of sufficient funds to maintain yourself for the duration of your stay (such as a bank statement); and 3) Round-trip airline ticket.

Citizens of European Union member states, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and the USA do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. All other students must apply for a visa, called “Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf” (MVV) in order to enter the Netherlands. Chinese nationals who wish to attend the UvA will be required to register with Nuffic, the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education in order to obtain a “Nuffic Certificate” (formerly known as the NESO certificate) before applying for the visa. All students (except citizens of European Union member states) need to apply for a residence permit in order to study in The Netherlands for a period longer than three months.