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I am a student from Santa Cruz, California, that is considering doing a field study for my major in Leiden. I know absolutely nothing about the area, where it is near, what language is spoken, etc (wow I feel so ignorant). However I am interested in working for the WMDA which is located there. Could someone please let me know a bit about the city and such? Are the people friendly? Would you recommend living there for 6 months? I have never been to Europe at all, but would love to spend my field study in a completely new environment!

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Thank you very much,


2 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Delft

The language spoken is Dutch. NL is actually one of the European countries most friendly to an American student, since almost everybody speaks English on a basic level. Leiden is a typical Dutch city, wich canals, brick houses and such. There is a lot of info here at VT, just search. Amsterdam whaich has a lot of attractions is 30 minutes by train.

The question whether you must go there for 6 month is complex and can not really be addressed in general, but in principle the accomodation would be easier for you in Holland or Nordic countries than say France or Italy.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hengelo

Leiden is one of the older smaller Dutch cities.
We speak Dutch , but most Dutchies understand and speaks English too.
At the University you won't have any trouble with language.
People are friendly and in nearby The Hague there's a big International community with a lot of your fellow countrymen.
There's an American Women's Club of the Hague.
check out the following websites:

[original VT link]


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