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My favorite class was the Netherlands and its European Context course. It gave me so much insight into my host country, and I learned about Europe and the EU. I felt well-educated leaving the course and as if I could contribute to discussions on current issues pertaining to the Netherlands and the EU.
– Sara Schmidt
Anderson University

housing and meals


Students live with other Central College Abroad and international students in Hugo de Grootstraat, a beautifully renovated historic building overlooking a typical Dutch canal. This residence hall is located within minutes of the Central College Abroad center and both Webster and Leiden Universities where students can take courses. Living arrangements include:

  • single rooms
  • Internet hookup
  • shared bath and toilet facilities for each floor
  • laundry facilities in the building
  • common room on every floor
  • within 10 minute walking distance from Central College facilities

Additional housing options may be utilized during peak enrollment times.


While meal plans are not provided, all students have access to a communal kitchen with their own locked cupboard. This is a great opportunity to meet other students and enjoy the camaraderie of the living facility.

Take advantage of shopping for food at the nearby outdoor markets, where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat and fish, as well as traditional Dutch treats.

The Central College Abroad Center

The Central College Abroad center in Leiden is centrally located on the Rapenburg Street. This location is within walking distance of the residence hall, and both Leiden and Webster Universities. This popular gathering spot for Central College Abroad students includes a seminar room where Central College Abroad classes are taught, a computer lab and lounge. The director's office is also housed here.