Why Amsterdam?


The 2018 edition of the Studyportals Academy will take place at the Student Hotel – Amsterdam city. All activities, including the networking events, will be held within walking distance of the venue. Amsterdam is one of the top creative European capitals, and a suitable venue for our conference as the city is in perpetual change and transformation. From its canals to its world-famous museums and from its historical sights to its nightlife, Amsterdam is one of the most unique and beautiful cities in Europe. If you’re still on the fence about visiting, here are some reasons why should visit Amsterdam and join the Studyportals Academy this April.

Accessible and Connected

Amsterdam’s connectivity is one of the major reasons why it’s the perfect location for the Studyportals Academy. Amsterdam airport – Schiphol – is one of the busiest hubs in Europe, linking directly to more than 300 international destinations, with exceptional public transport connections to the city and a taxi fleet that is 100% electric.

An Iconic International Destination

There’s a lot for Studyportals Academy participants to explore in Amsterdam. The city is packed with cultural, historical and architectural delights – from museums, attractions to restaurants, cafés, and nightlife. Browse through some of our favorite guides to Amsterdam to make the most of your stay!

Lonely Planet

Rough Guides


Culture Trip

Street Art

King’s day

The Studyportals Academy takes place during a Wednesday & Thursday because the following Friday marks one of the most iconic Dutch public holidays – King’s Day! King’s Day is when the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their king. King Willem Alexander was born on 27 April and so there are many parties, flea markets and, of course, the king himself visits one or several cities with his family. It’s one of the largest celebrations in the Netherlands, and only has a few simple rules: wear orange and have fun! If you are staying over, book your hotel early because Amsterdam will be crowded.

While the majority of Amsterdam’s major museums and attractions are closed on King’s Day, several notable visitor hotspots traditionally stay open including the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum. An overview of museums open on King’s Day can be downloaded here.


Your visit to Amsterdam coincides with another inspiring happening – Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe. This spring the world’s largest flower garden will captivate its visitors with over 7 million blooming flower bulbs, beautifully arranged across 32 hectares of land. Let the footpaths in the flower fields take you to charming gardens, fountains and flower shows, while the variety of styles, colours and fragrances delight your senses!

Keukenhof is located outside of Amsterdam, but you can reach it conveniently by train, bus or car. More information about tickets and transport can be found here.