I had my name put on the waiting list for a semester abroad in November 2017 and in October 2018 I finally received the email to confirm that I will spend half a year in Amsterdam! As you can probably already tell, the process was long and challenging in different ways, but in the end it all paid off.
I more or less started this blog for the sole purpose of documenting my life abroad and being able to look back at it one day. I feel like once you return home and people ask you about your life abroad all they usually respond with is ‘yeah it was cool’. I don’t want to be that person. And knowing that I have the attention span of a goldfish and not wanting to recount each story for every single person, I thought a blog would be the perfect solution to this. Also, I am a fan of shameless self-promotion.
Where will you be studying?
I will be doing a minor programme at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam) in the Netherlands. It focuses on English as a foreign language and also has some bits about cultural studies.
When will you be studying in Amsterdam?
From February 1st until June 30th 2019. I know, it’s officially ‘only’ 5 months abroad, but ‘Half A Year in Amsterdam‘ just makes a great heading.
Honestly, I feel like I let fate decide in the end (Wow, yes, very poetic, I know.). I have always been dying to do a semester abroad, but my college only has a relatively small selection of partner institutions though. At first I tried to apply for Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. I was offered a placement in the Netherlands and initially that would have been in Utrecht. I had problems with accreditation though and got a last-minute offer to go to Amsterdam, so I took it. Then an old friend from school told me she would move to Amsterdam too, and it all felt right.
How was your application process like?
Long and strenuous, even though it really was not a typical ‘application’. Basically we had to get on the waiting list and select the places we wanted to go to ourselves. We also had to check the courses/modules offered there beforehand and then compare them to our home institution’s curriculum. And then you wait and hope for the best basically. Worst case is you ‘lose’ a semester at home. I was accredited about half a semester, but did some courses earlier to save time.
So anyway, this is all I have to say about my journey for now. I feel like this is just the first post of a million. I have so much in my mind about it but I don’t want to plan everything, but rather just go with the flow and make the most of my (almost) half a year in Amsterdam.