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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

An academic course about contemporary Dutch culture is strongly recommended, if one is offered during the year. In 2014-2015 there are no offerings directly relevant to Holland.

Below are select MIT history courses taught on Europe, which could serve as a good primer.

Course No. Course Name
Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800 (spring)
Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective (spring)

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.


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

Getting Around

Travel by train  -  Holland by bike

Weather in Holland

Mobile phones

Past students have recommended Lebara as a preferred provider.