Information for new students
If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in Holland. To help you plan for your arrival, we’ve put together a useful guide with information on what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and much more.
Download the Holland International Study Centre Amsterdam pre-arrival guide.
Download the Holland International Study Centre Groningen pre-arrival guide.
For students starting in January, term starts on Tuesday, 3 January. Please arrive on time to start your induction at 9am at the International Study Centre.
If you have any other questions then contact us or your local Agent who will be happy to help you plan for your arrival in Holland.
What’s it like to live in Holland?
We know that moving to a different country to study is exciting, but quite often students also feel a little bit nervous as they prepare to leave their home. This is perfectly normal and we will definitely do all we can to help you settle in to living in Holland.
Holland is a small country where it's easy to get around by foot, bicycle, train or car. Visit Study in Holland's website for a great insight into what you can expect from life in Holland.
How will I meet people and make friends?
It won’t take you long before you are accustomed to your new life here and have made friends but whilst you settle in, we will organise events designed to help you meet your course mates and build friendships.
Will I be able to find food from my home country?
The Netherlands is a multicultural country and you will find local shops will sell most things you will need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally then some of the larger supermarkets stock a wider range of international products. There are also restaurants serving cuisine from around the world so if you’re looking for a something to remind you of home you’ll be able to find the right thing.
Will I need to learn to speak Dutch?
Most people speak English very well so you don't need to learn Dutch to study here.