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Work

How to Write a CV with No Previous Work Experience

We've all been there: you need the experience to get the job but need a job to get the experience. Maybe you are looking for an internship or you want to prep your CV for your future entry-level job opportunities. In any case, experience is a buzzword in the employment sphere. Though you may not […]

12 Effective Ways to Ace Your New Internship

Getting ready for the new semester? How about starting a new internship? Interning is a great experience. Not only are you taking steps towards future career options but you are also practicing your skills and boosting your CV with new experiences. How to do well at your new internship, you ask? Read on, my friend... […]

5 Reasons Being a Working Student is Seriously Great

To be a working student or to not be, that is the question. Something that many students contemplate, or even struggle with, is deciding whether or not they should work alongside their studies. Should I focus on my classes or should I become a working student? Well, the good news is, you don’t have to […]

Culture & Entertainment

5 Must-See Dutch Art Museums You Need to Visit

Dutch culture is extremely diverse and fascinating. A pillar of Dutch cultural legacy is its plethora of museums, which happens to also be one of the reasons why studying in the Netherlands is awesome. The Netherlands has tons of museums and galleries and a lot of major Dutch cities are labelled as European cultural capitals. […]

6 Very Persuading Reasons You Should Learn Dutch

Being an international student here does not mean you have an excuse to not learn Dutch! Since you live and study in Holland, why not learn the language? Dutch is a fun language, not only to listen to but to learn as well. Honestly, you don't need to become fluent. Just learn enough to not […]

The Absolute Best Cultural Discounts for Students in the Netherlands

We’ve all been there: you want to go out and do something but you don’t want to spend a small fortune (well, a ‘small fortune’ in the eyes of a student). As an international student or even an exchange student you probably want to explore the new place you are going to be living and […]

Education

Non-EU Student Scholarships You Need to Know About

By now, we are all experts on student financing. Or, at least close to being experts. Studying in the Netherlands can be a bit expensive when you factor in your living costs, not to mention tuition fees. There are so many great reasons to study here. Why let study costs block your way? The answer […]

Have You Heard about These EU Student Scholarships?

Scholarships are a great alternative to student finance when it comes to funding your studies. Scholarships in the Netherlands are great because there's one for everyone (really, there is). If you're an EU student, you technically still count as an international student when you study at a Dutch university. Therefore, you should also have the […]

7 Amazing Apps that Will Improve Your Study Habits

For most of us, midterms are over and finals loom in the near future. It’s been two months or more since classes have started and you’re just getting used to a routine. You already know the best places to study, how to improve concentration and how to beat procrastination: what more is there to learn? […]

Essentials

Networking: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Networking is a word that is used a lot nowadays: networking this, networking that. It’s almost used so much that the meaning is lost. The gist seems to be: it is something you should be doing and doing a lot. Networking is actually pretty simple, and yes, we agree that you should be doing it! […]

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for Students

As a student, you probably have at least one account on Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook. And we all know that what you put on the internet, stays on the internet. Did you know? It is a high likelihood that your future employers will search your name on Google to check for any red flags. Because […]

Loonheffingskorting: What’s That All About?

If you’ve been reading about labour law or allowances for students, you might have come across the word loonheffingskorting. If you don’t speak Dutch, this word might be quite intimidating or confusion and with good reason! Sometimes, Dutch websites aren’t that detailed and you're probably sick and tired of using Google Translate for everything. Loonheffingskorting […]

Money

Top 5 Websites to Get Student Discounts in the Netherlands

Living as a student can be expensive. Even if you have mastered the student budget, it’s always a bonus to be able to save a little money here and there. You're already forking out a bit of cash on your other living costs. Want to buy some new gym shoes or simply treat yourself to a meal […]

Debit Cards 101: Get a Student Debit Card Right Now!

You’ve already chosen to study in the Netherlands. You’re also an expert when it comes to housing allowance, health insurance allowance, and all the other things related to living costs and student finance. One more thing to add to your list: debit cards. We are here to help you with all things bank-related and in this case, tell you all about debit […]

How to Create a Budgeting Journal in 6 Easy Steps

As a student, balancing your money can be one of the hardest things to learn, keep on doing, and do well. Living alone for the first time can lead to countless late-night cramming sessions with a trusty double-cheese pizza or one-too-many beers out with your friends to procrastinate instead of writing your paper (Don’t lie. […]

Testimonials

Student Stories: How Not to Spend 6 Months Applying for the Rent Subsidy

It's a well-known fact that finding the perfect student housing can be challenging. Not only is the demand for rooms noticeably higher in the student cities, but the rent also tends to be more expensive. Luckily, in the Netherlands, you have the opportunity to apply for housing allowance and make your living more affordable. In […]

Medhat’s Story: Finding Expat Jobs in a Competitive Market & International Environment

International student and graduate visa holders that anxiously seek out expat jobs tend to get lost in their search for one. The College Life Accelerate program, designed explicitly for non-EEA students and graduates in the Netherlands, has helped simplify this task by mapping out the entire job seeking process & providing hands-on support every step […]

Hrishikesh’s Story: How College Life Accelerate Helped him Land a Job 2 Weeks Before the Zoekjaar Visa Expiration Date

College Life Accelerate is a program created specifically for non-EEA students and graduates in the Netherlands. The program’s aim is to help you land a job after graduation in your preferred industry, field and company size. College Life interviewed one of the programme’s alumni, Hrishikesh, to share his experience as well as some insights to […]

Travel

A Short and Sweet User Manual to Dutch Public Transport

Though biking is considered the main method of transportation in the Netherlands, there’s more to getting around than simply using your bike. Surely, using a bike outweighs public transport in that it is free and you can usually access many places faster and more directly. However, that doesn’t mean you should totally rule out using […]

How Being a Singapore Exchange Student Changed My Life

As incredibly cliché as this may sound, experiencing the Singapore exchange student life will undeniably change your perspective on most things. Whether this is for better or worse is up to you and you only. This post is an attempt at putting a 20-year-old Gen Zer's experience of living and studying for one semester in […]

3 Best Sites for Student Trips: The Best Flights, Tours and More!

So, exams are done and you want to go on a trip with your friends to celebrate. Now, the question is where should you look? As a student, you definitely want good deals for flight tickets, tours, and more right? Don't worry, because in the following article we will show you the top 3 best […]
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