Pre-University Honours Programme: Amsterdam Global City

For centuries, Amsterdam has been a global hub: from the United Provinces, to the glory of the Dutch Republic, the Dutch capital has been at the heart of many global movements. But what does it mean to be a global city, and how does one come into being? How has this city shaped and influenced events around the world? The politics and identity of Amsterdam are constantly in flux: this programme will use the city's past to examine and better understand the present.

Quick Facts

  • Student profile ⇒ Current high school students
  • Housing dates ⇒ 29 June afternoon - 14 July morning 2018
  • Programme dates ⇒ 1 July - 13 July 2018
  • Academic Director ⇒ drs. Reinder Storm
  • Application deadline ⇒ Please email

Why join this programme?

What worldview is embedded in a 16th Century Dutch map of the East Indies? What insights can we gain about daily life in Amsterdam by visiting Rembrandt’s The Night Watch? Participants will examine Amsterdam from local and global perspectives, linking specific locations in Amsterdam to the world, tracing global ideas back to Amsterdam. This course uses Amsterdam and its immense material and intellectual history to investigate the linkages between this city and the rest of the world by focusing on a series of historical highlights. Participants will leave Amsterdam with a map of their home region, produced in Amsterdam in the 16th Century.

This interdisciplinary programme will ask essential questions: what does it mean to be a global citizen, and when and where did our concept of the global arise? How are art, trade, politics and identity intimately interconnected in 17th Century Amsterdam? What parts of history and culture do we celebrate, and what parts do we disguise, hide, or purposely forget, and to what ends?

Special Collections

Photo by Dirk Gillissen

Conditions for admission
Language of instruction
Starts in
June, July

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