Resources designed to familiarize you with Dutch culture, society and workplace norms.

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

While an academic course about contemporary Dutch culture is strongly recommended, there are no offerings in 2016-2017. Below are select MIT courses taught with an emphasis on Western Europe.
Course No. Course Name
European Politics (spring)

Language Courses

Course No. Course Name
online only
Introduction to Dutch: three week online course

Additional Resources

In addition to academic work, there is an excellent variety of resources to learn or improve your Dutch language skills.
Duolingo According to an independent academic study, an average of 34 hours of Duolingo are equivalent to a university semester of language education.
Radio Nederland Wereldomroep Free Dutch radio intended for international audiences.

Training Sessions

Learning about Holland's culture and society helps you to get to know the country and its people.
April 25, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm View Event Details
Get advice about your summer from MISTI alumni and learn more about cross-cultural communication, the workplace and staying safe abroad
April 11, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm View Event Details
Required training for MISTI MIT-Netherlands students.
May 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm View Event Details
Required training for MISTI MIT-Netherlands students.

Recommended Reading

Entoen A brief but comprehensive look at Dutch History
Netherlands Institute for Social Research Social and Cultural Reports on the Dutch


Every student needs a valid passport. If you are a US citizen and need to apply, please contact the passport division of the State Department. Routine service requires 4-6 weeks.

Visa for the Netherlands

Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required.
See if you need a visa with the Visa Application Wizard for the Netherlands.

Work permit

Depending on your nationality and length of stay, you may need a work permit to intern in the Netherlands. The Program Manager can advise you about the details.

Housing Resources

DUWO Largest student housing corporation in the Netherlands
Student Woning Repository of all nonprofit student housing agencies in Netherlands (small fee)
Easy Kamer Flatshare website
Kamernet Dutch housing platform
De Key Student housing company in Amsterdam
SSH - short stays Furnished rooms in Utrecht, Zeist, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Zwolle
Erasmate Europe’s short-term housing platform
Pararius Database of apartments in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht and throughout the rest of Holland
HousingAnywhere Student-to-student housing platform
Roombase Helps students find both rooms and roommates in the Delft area

Getting Around

Travel by train

Weather in Holland

Mobile phones

Past students have recommended Lebara as a preferred provider.