Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Summer School

Elena Ruggiero was an AUAS Summer School student in 2018. She is a student from Italy studying at the John Cabot University.

The AUAS summer program definitely exceeded my expectations: from the academic program itself, to the Professors who guided us in the two-week course, the amazing team who helped us feel part of a big family even abroad, and, last but not least, the wonderful friends I met. 

Elena Ruggiero - 2018 AUAS Summer School student

The AUAS summer program definitely exceeded my expectations: from the academic program itself, to the Professors who guided us in the two-week course, the amazing team who helped us feel part of a big family even abroad, and, last but not least, the wonderful friends I met.

I had already been in Amsterdam three years ago and fell in love with the city at first sight. It was March, and I was with my best friends.

I usually believe returning the places that stole a piece of your heart can be "dangerous": you have high expectations, and your new experience risks to ruin the magic of the previous one. My first experience in Amsterdam was so magical that I was scared to be making a mistake by applying for the AUAS program. So I kept repeating myself: low expectations.

But two months after my AUAS experience, I am back to my school in Italy, truly missing those two weeks: from the classes, to our lunch time all together, our trips around Amsterdam, the events organized by the school, and the amazing nights with my international group of friends.

The AUAS confirmed the love I had for Amsterdam and allowed me to LIVE the city and its people as I would have probably never done otherwise. I got "the best of both worlds" from this experience, from an academic perspective and from a personal perspective.

Today, I am extremely thankful I applied for the program, and I am thankful to all the people who helped us students find a home away from home.

Grazie ❤