For students wishing to study abroad, one of the biggest hurdles they would need to overcome is integrating into a new society. The fact is, the enthusiasm of coming to a new country to study can quickly die off in the face of challenges linked to assimilating properly.
That is why it is recommended that student chooses cities or communities that are multicultural in flavor. Multicultural cities have the advantage of being very liberal and welcoming to new people from around the world.
In multicultural cities, the discrimination and racism faced in mono-ethnic cities are conspicuously absent. The student is made to feel at home almost immediately.
The city of Amsterdam
And as far as multicultural cities go, the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is up there with the best. As a matter of fact, Amsterdam is considered the most multicultural city in Europe and among the top five multicultural places in the world.
Amsterdam is the largest city in Holland with a population of about 7 million. One reason for its diversity is that it is a choice destination for asylum seekers and immigrants from all over the world.
So it won’t come as a surprise that the city boasts of people representing over 180 different cultures from around the world. That makes it likely that an international student would easily find a community they are comfortable with to help them settle down quickly.
Also, for those international students who wish to learn the Dutch language in their spare time, the city offers several free classes.
Cost of living in Amsterdam
Like any big cosmopolitan city, the cost of living is based on several factors mostly linked to location and lifestyle. Though paying for services like cabs and buses can be the same in all areas.
As of March 2017, the average monthly cost of living in Massena is between €1000 and €1500. This includes items like rent, insurance, groceries, public transport, and entertainment.
For an international student on a budget, the figure could be lower as things like entertainment and insurance could be eliminated or cheaper alternatives can be found.
University of Amsterdam
Established in 1632, the University of Amsterdam is the top University in the city and one of the best in the Europe.
The University offers courses in several disciplines. Most relevant courses for undergraduates and postgraduate students are available for prospective students to chose from.
Number of campuses
The University has 4 campuses all located within the city of Amsterdam
There are currently over 3000 international students in the university
Academic staff and faculty
The university of Amsterdam is currently staffed by about 3500 academic staff spread around 7 faculties.
English language-based courses
Though Amsterdam is not in an English-speaking country, the University has over 150 programs taught in English in the school.
This is a bonus for international students where English is their country’s official language and for ESL students too.
Nationalities of students
The nationality of the student body is a reflection of the highly multicultural flavor of the city. In keeping with that theme, there are over 100 nationalities represented in the student body of over 30,000.
The tuition fee for international students varies according to the course.
For a bachelor’s degree program, students can pay as low as £8,250 per session in the faculty of humanities.
A degree program in medicine cost €20,350.
For a full and comprehensive list of tuition for international students, intending students should check the official list here. Note that international students outside the EU and EEA countries are categorized under ‘institutional tuition fee.
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