After the hustle and bustle of orientation, students are really getting settled in Amsterdam. They have gained a sense of direction in the city. Luckily for the business and culture students, classes are all taught at the Faculty right across from the CIEE office. See the picture below.
They have perfectly adjusted to the unpredictability of the weather in the Netherlands. Students always bring a jacket now – because they know that even if Amsterdam is sunny in the morning, it can be pouring rain in the afternoon!
But they also jumped into their studies at the University of Amsterdam just like that. Classes at the Faculty of Economics and Business started on the 2nd of September. And there have already been some midterms this week. Classes that Business and Culture students are following this semester range from Information Management, Organizational economics and Marketing to Corporate Social Responsibility, Cultural Industries and Dutch Culture.
But of course we also have a true Dutch activity program besides the study calendar. Last week CIEE went to Prinsjesdag in The Hague, that’s when our king opens the political year by reading out the budget and government plans for the upcoming political year. We went on a canoeing trip in the forests of Amsterdam. And we had a cooking workshop about how a traditional Dutch ‘Stampot’ is made!
And some activities in the planning are a company visit to VANMOOF, an innovative Dutch company that invents, produces and sells modern bicycles. Tomorrow students are going to an exhibition of Pixar, to see the history from 25 years of Animation. And next week, all CIEE staff members will host a group dinner for students at their homes. Hopefully students will enjoy the Dutch food just as much as we do!
Cato van Hees
Program Coordinator Business and Culture