If your students are currently finalising their university choices, and looking at their international options, then we’ve put together a guide to a very popular city for students – Amsterdam. With its famous canals, café culture, bars, clubs and renowned art scene, this is a city that scores highly in ‘student satisfaction’ surveys. Amsterdam’s appeal to international students also owes much to the Dutch liking for English. As well as many higher education courses being taught in English, students will find that everyone from bar staff to shop assistants will be happy to speak English.
The city itself is tiny. With a population of just 814,000, its universities are fewer in number than other capitals, such as London or Paris. But its flagship institution, The University of Amsterdam, is placed 57th in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017. Offering around 200 international degree programmes at undergraduate and post-graduate level, subject areas that score particularly well in global rankings include Communication and Media Studies, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Life Sciences.
There are also a number of specialist institutions dotted around the city. For business-minded students, The Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB) offers a four-year Bsc in International Business, with plenty of field-work and practical experience, or a three year fast-track option. The Amsterdam Fashion Academy, located in the city’s museum district, is a private academy with a high-end international feel, offering fashion-related degree courses taught in English.