Casa Amalia

The Hague is a dynamic and lively city that attracts students from the Netherlands and abroad. In total, there are 28,500 students studying at higher education institutions in The Hague, 4,000 of them from abroad. These institutions are Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University), The Hagie University of Applied Sciences, Leiden University Campus The Hague and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague amongst others.

When you decide to study in The Hague from abroad you are embarking on an adventure.  You are opening yourself up to new experiences: you will meet new people and get to see other perspectives and cultures. It offers opportunities as well as challenges, because you will be pushed out of your comfort zone since all the things you have taken for granted like your home, friends, and job will change all at once.

Studying abroad is known to make you feel the full range of emotions: excited, happy, sad, lonely, independent, scared and homesick are just a few. Excitement and happiness are more easily shared. But where can you go when you are feeling the need for a safe haven or an anchor as an international student?

Casa Amalia offers an opportunity for international students to meet other (international) students and (international) volunteers from The Hague. The house has a cosy kitchen where you can cook and eat together, and it has a big living room with couches, books and a projector for movie nights. In other words: all the ingredients are there to make this a home that is, as the Dutch would call it, gezellig. 

Would you like to meet dutch and other international students to exchange your culture? Would you like to explore the world’s kitchens? Or would you like to eat like home? Would you like to share your experience with other open-minded people? Then we’d like to welcome you to CASA AMALIA.

Join us!

Join us at Casa Amalia where you can meet dutch and other international students and alumni. Come along and bring a good friend with you for a fine dinner and a good conversation. Please check the introduction film of Casa Amalia for the first impression:

Programme of Casa Amalia in 2020: coming soon

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Programme of Casa Amalia in 2019

  • September 17, 6 to 8 p.m. - Welcome to the Netherlands
    Making and eating world´s pancakes together and sharing first experiences. Playing dutch board games. 
  • October 1, 6 to 8 p.m. - Cross Cultural Dating
    Betty Sari shares her story and experiences with cultural differences.
    Anubhav Kanpal tells about Conscious Kitchen, where you can come for a meal and help as a volunteer if you want to. 
  • October 15, 6 to 8 p.m. - Cross Cultural Friendship and Potluck
    A few students bring food from their home country to share with each other and tell something about their culture.
  • October 29, 6 to 8 p.m. - Things we are grateful for
  • November 12, 6 to 8 p.m. -  Glo-calization: what do we believe in?
  • November 26, 6 to 8 p.m. -  Dutch for Dummies
  • December 10, 6 to 8 p.m. - What do you know about the traditional Dutch black faced 'Zwarte Piet'?
  • December 20, 5.30 - 7.30 p.m. - We will meet two performing arts students of the  Royal Conservatoire The Hague, learning a couple of Christmas Carols. Zoey Hu likes to share her experience with us about how she could overcome her depression. For dinner we will rely on the traditonal ba pao from Indonesia and the vegetarian soup of the Conscious Kitchen.
  • January 28, 6 to 8 p.m. - What is your New Years Resolution? 
  • February 11, 6 to 8 p.m. - FACE OF LOVE - How do you picture LOVE?
    It's almost Valentine, so let's talk about LOVE :) People experience and express love in various ways in different cultures, different religions, in different context. Both in good times and in bad times. How do you experience and express your love?
  • March 3, 6 to 8 p.m. - Movie nights 'Tulip fever'
  • March 17, 6 to 8 p.m. - Taking care of family - cancelled due to Covid-19
  • April 7, 6 to 8 p.m. - Fasting meals- cancelled due to Covid-19
  • April 27 - Dutch King's Day - cancelled due to Covid-19

Feel free to join us at Amaliastraat 10 The Hague. It is free of charge. Please let us know if you like to come by sending an email to Willem Jansen: or Betty Sari:

Casa Amalia is an initiative of three organizations: the student chaplaincy of The Hague (Haastu), Initiatives of Change Netherlands and IFES.