Travelling in order to learn is a time-honoured and incredibly rewarding tradition, and learners of any age can benefit from the chance to study abroad. The Dutch Coast is an incredible region, rich in culture and natural beauty, with a many-layered history, and vital political and commercial importance in modern Europe. For educators looking to enhance their students’ knowledge, this is a fantastic choice of destination. Here are some of the areas in which it can provide excellent learning experiences.
The Hague: A Political Hub
For those studying politics, there are few more valuable destinations to visit than The Hague when they study abroad. The seat of the Dutch government, and home of the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, it is more than just a national political hub – it is one of the world’s most important centres for law and politics, and one of the small handful of world cities to host permanent United Nations institutions. The opportunity to learn first-hand about the roles of the Dutch Parliament and the ICC makes this an extremely rewarding city to visit; its history also makes it interesting, particularly the striking Binnenhof Palace, which has had an influential role in the region since the 11th century.
Art Along the Dutch Coast
The Dutch Coast has proved a fertile ground for art and design through the ages, from the celebrated Golden Age to the avant-garde architecture of the modern day. For art students looking to study abroad, this rich heritage and prolific modern scene provide a fantastic opportunity to explore almost any era of European art, and the range of museums and galleries on offer is excellent. The most famous of these is the Rijksmuseum, which is renowned for its architecture almost as much as its collections of Dutch Golden Age art, including many of Rembrandt’s most famous works. Modern and contemporary art from the Netherlands and beyond can be explored in great detail at the Stedelijk Museum, including pieces from Van Gogh, Kandinsky, and De Kooning. While both of these museums are in Amsterdam, The Hague has its own share of impressive galleries, including the Escher Museum where students can see some of the most famous prints from the legendary graphic artist.
Amsterdam: A Complex History
For students of history, Amsterdam is a city well worth considering as a place to study abroad. Its complex past, particularly during World War II, has many facets, and its excellent historical museums and monuments provide a fittingly in-depth exploration of the era’s often-dark legacy. The most famous history-focused museum in the city is undoubtedly Anne Frank’s House, which allows visitors to gain insight into the life of this extraordinary diarist; to put her struggles in context, meanwhile, the Jewish Historical Museum sheds light on the issues and hardships faced by the city’s Jewish community through the ages. For another facet of wartime Amsterdam, the Dutch Resistance Museum provides insight into the resilient spirit of the city’s people under occupation.