The MBA student life in Amsterdam

The MBA student life in Amsterdam

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Many international students flock to Amsterdam to boost their careers. And it’s not hard to see why. It is a city with a rich history and culture, a vibrant nightlife, and you don’t even need to speak Dutch to be able to get around. Furthermore, many international companies have an office in Amsterdam, so there is a large expat community that will make you feel right at home!

The perks of studying in Amsterdam

Why should you study an MBA in Amsterdam? Well, let's sum it up:

Large international community

Amsterdam is a multi-cultural hotspot, home to many different nationalities and cultures. Fitting in may be easier than you think.

Easy accessibility to other European cities

Via Schiphol Amsterdam airport, you can easily access all major European cities. And train station Amsterdam Centraal offers connections to several international destinations, including London, Berlin and Paris.

English is widely spoken

English is a compulsory subject in school for Dutch children, so many Dutch people speak the language well. Also, many Dutchies love to show off their English language skills, so don’t be surprised if they start a conversation with you once they learn you are a non-native.

Many international companies

The Netherlands, and Amsterdam especially, is home to a lot of multinational companies, such as, Tesla Motors, TOMTOM and Philips. Some of these were founded in the Netherlands, while others have established offices in the country. Amsterdam’s start-up scene is also booming, with many of the start-ups being multinational.

Furthermore, the Netherlands might house more international companies soon, as Brexit, and its consequences, is looming.

Modern student accommodation available throughout the city

International students usually don’t have a problem finding student accommodation in Amsterdam. A good example of modern student accommodation in Amsterdam is Campus Diemen Zuid, which features contemporary studio apartments from 27m2 to 56m2.

The inside scoop

Mamta Bijlani, 26, gives us the inside scoop on what it is like to be an MBA student at Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Amsterdam:

Where are you from? 

I am from Mumbai, India. 

Why did you choose to follow the one-year Full-time MBA Program at Nyenrode?

I am a telecommunications engineer with 3,5 years of work experience at Accenture Solutions Pvt Ltd. However, I want to make a career shift from tech to business and gain some international exposure.

Looking at past records and speaking to the alumni of Nyenrode, I got to know the truly international nature of the program. People from over 19 different countries are studying here. What appealed to me the most was the course structure, with its immersion module and multiple industry visits.

Along with academic knowledge, Nyenrode has provided first-hand experience of the industry life, enabling me to make informed career decisions. The Nyenrode experience is enriching and the university is renowned for its alumni base and network. These reasons convinced me to join the course.

What do you like best about studying in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a truly international location with a huge expat base and people from over 160 countries. Language has never been a barrier here and English is widely used, making the transition smooth. The people are welcoming, warm and friendly.

Furthermore, the startup / entrepreneurial ecosystem is budding and I see good opportunities to work here. And the city has a lot of energy and a nice culture. It is a city I would like to stay in!

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to work in the digital / strategy consulting field in the Netherlands.

Nyenrode means business

Founded in 1946, Nyenrode Business Universiteit is the only private university in the Netherlands. It offers short and long-term programs in the fields of business, management, accountancy, controlling and fiscal law. The university’s campus in Breukelen is located on a 13th-century estate featuring parkland and a stately castle.

The university also has another campus situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic city centre, on Keizersgracht. Here, you can further your career in Europe by following the one-year Full-time MBA program.

The Full-time MBA program

The Nyenrode Full-time MBA is the only MBA that focuses on Europe. Your classes take place in the historic heart of Amsterdam, and you will get to experience the European business community by visiting companies in five European cities: Copenhagen, Zürich, Barcelona, London and Brussels. The ideal setting to boost your career in Europe! 

During Meet the CEO sessions you will present your ideas to board members of Dutch and international companies. You will focus on your personal and professional development to become a responsible leader.    

Full-time MBA Business Game

Experience the MBA life as a Nyenrode MBA student yourself and take part in the upcoming Full-time MBA Business Game.

During this event, you will work on a real-life case study from an international company with students from all over the world. You will get to meet current MBA students, alumni, professors and staff. Workshops on leadership and creativity are given to prepare you for the game.

Limited spots are available, so register now!



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kofidazy 20:58 | 24 May 2018

Great article