Where to study abroad?! Marseille vs. Amsterdam
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 22, 2013 7:53 AM Last Post By: rtheodore94
Jun 21, 2013 1:37 PM
Where to study abroad?! Marseille vs. AmsterdamI'm looking to spend a semester in Western Europe but I am torn between two locations. Marseille, France or Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I love history, food, travel and culture and what to get the most out of my time in one of these locations. I am a business major and will be studying not working so this probably doesn't make that much of a difference. Does anyone have any suggestions as to which one may be a better experience? I know this is a tough question, but any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Jun 21, 2013 6:43 PM
1For me Amsterdam would win by miles, i think it is for me much more to do and see no matter your personal tastes and is far a more interesting and quirky place.
But i think it may not be so in the middle of winter, if at all you are affected by the cold, and the big thing Marseille has going for it is far warmer climate.
Jun 21, 2013 10:03 PM
I love history, food, travel and culture
As for culture:
At least in 2013 Marseille is capital of culture So when is your semester? Will cause some vibe when the programme will not be too 'elitair'.
Difficult choice, in Amsterdam some reputated museums recently reopened after years/decades of reconstruction.
Maybe your roots/hometown might play a role, going to a quite different biotope?
Or the language?
Anyway good luck.
Jun 22, 2013 6:30 AM
3Marseille is warmer for sure,and has IMHO better food.Though you can eat quite well in Amsterdam too..
There is far more stuff to 'see' in Amsterdam though and it is a more relaxing place for me...nicer to walk around,big parks,better museums and galleries etc.Far more touristy and (I guess) a lot more expensive for accommodation etc.
Jun 22, 2013 7:06 AM
4You did not mention your country, but in Am,sterdam almost everyone speaks english, at least to some extend. In Marseille you'll probably have to depend much more on french. In itself that might be good, because at the end of your stay, you'll be able to speak french. Depending on the people you meet and your efforts, that might not be the case in Amsterdam and for what reason should you learn dutch.
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