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Student Life

Amsterdam, 23/03/18 -

Student Life in Amsterdam

 

The student life in Amsterdam is amazing, especially for the international ones who can enjoy a lot of activities and discover the city and The Netherlands.

The integration at the University can be hard at be beginning, but I would say it's the same in France for French people and Erasmus student. As international you don't know anybody, so you have to open up and to socialize with people around you. Now, you are out of your comfort zone and it's good. Even Dutch people in my promotion are quite shy the first days. I am Lucky to be in a good group, where Dutch people mostly speak English. I heard some story where some Dutch student don't make any effort to include the international ones. I'm glad to say that I don't have this problem.

I look at this year as an adventure, in my daily life especially. That's why I try to observe and understand every obstacle to destroy it. 

All the cultural differences are really interesting, so now that I'm integrating in the Dutch landscape, I can choose what I want to keep from the two cultures I've ever lived in, the French and the Dutch. I can use French codes and Dutch habits, without forgetting who I am. Living in another culture is a value added to me.

I don't speak Dutch, I tried, but it's a very difficult language for me, and I would rather focus on English (one of the reason I am here). Almost everybody in The Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam speaks English, so the language is not an issue for me. The Dutch accent is understandable in English, as my French accent. I really appreciate having conversations with people from another country, like China or Finlande. Because I live with Dutch student, I am now used to their way of thinking, their accent and their expressions.

During class, you can see the cultural differences only when a student is talking with a teacher. Dutch are more direct; so what they consider as honesty, sometimes I can consider it as rudeness. Everything is in the culture.

Otherwise, millenial students are pretty much all the same. We listen to the same music, we love the same food and we follow the same trends for most of us. With our differences, I learn a lot about other countries and cultures, what I really like. I appreciate the international side of my year in Amsterdam, meet people from all around the world and compare our lives with a great interest.

 

By Marion Caspar

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