As an international student in the Netherlands and ready to start your studies at UCT you might be interested to know more about dutch culture or traditions especially when those are related to way of studying and student life!
It is said that the Netherlands is the second country after UK where people are the best speakers of English! That explains also the fact that in the Netherlands somebody can find the largest amount of english taught programmes in continental Europe. Also at our university, since January 2020, the official working language is English!
Dutch culture can also be identified in the way of life and especially student life in our case! As you might notice from the first time, Dutch higher education system promotes a lot the group work and assignments as a way of both learning and assessment of the students. This is particularly true for the ATLAS programme where self-directed learning and project work are two of its many distinctive elements.
If you wish to discover more facts and information on dutch culture and dutch traditions, please feel free to check our dedicated Dutch culture page and get a glipse on what the Netherlands is all about before becoming your second home away from home while studying here!
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Here you can read the experience of Fabian, who comes from Indonesia and is part of the class of 2019.
"When the term "Dutch Culture" is brought up, three things come to mind. Bland food, fun parties, and weird traditions. After living here for one year, I think I've received more than just a gist of Dutch 'uniqueness'. Whether it's the lack of salt in their mashed potatoes for which they call a national dish, or the yearly unethically fun routine to throw pepernoten at anyone anywhere. It's unusual at first, but it's inevitably exciting. There is no doubt that internationals like me will get a culture shock. However culture shocks go away after going down deeper in the rabbit hole, as Dutch people for sure know how to have a great time."
Read more about the international experience in the article 'The Dutch Experience', written by ATLAS students.