The Semester in Amsterdam team consists of Ms. Yvonne Dalhuijsen, Mr. Ilin Sen, Ms. Kelly Donovan, and Mr. Jan Kostelijk. Should you have any questions about the Semester in Amsterdam programme please feel free to contact us.
Skype: semesterinamsterdam (by appointment, email first)
Telephone: +31 (0)20 59 85282 (Yvonne); +31 (0)20 59 8650 (Ilin); +31 (0) 20 59 84356 (Kelly); +31 (0)20 59 84717 (Jan)
Yvonne was born and raised in The Netherlands. During her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Linguistics she received a scholarship to study in the UK for one year and teach Dutch to fellow students. This first taste of living abroad led to a few years of traveling/working in different countries. Before joining VU Amsterdam in 2017, Yvonne organized language courses for students from all over the world.
“In my opinion, studying abroad is an essential part of any education. As a student, the best part of my degree programme was my year abroad, making friends from all over the world. Besides developing a love for languages, I also learned the value of experiencing different cultures at close hand. Since then, my enthusiasm for welcoming foreign students to Amsterdam has never wavered. With so many nationalities represented, and so many English-language courses, this city is a great choice, also for ‘first-time-abroad’ students!”
Having grown up in a different country every three years, Ilin is truly a world citizen. He finally settled in The Netherlands and, having a background in fine arts, has worked at Amsterdam's Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the Arts faculty of VU Amsterdam. Here he became more involved in the support and guidance of international students, so working at the international office was an obvious step to take.
“My passion lies in the contact with foreign students, from the moment they ask for information about studying abroad, the application process, and their stay in Amsterdam to when they return home. Guiding them in their choice of courses, helping them settle in, and making sure they have a life changing experience is rewarding in itself. I try and make world citizens of all students that I support”.
Kelly was born and raised near Boston and is a dual Dutch-American citizen. After completing her studies in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts she moved to Amsterdam to pursue work in international education. She joined the Semester in Amsterdam programme in 2015 to support the continued internationalization of VU Amsterdam.
“Growing up with mixed nationalities means that intercultural contact has always been important to me. I believe study abroad is an essential component of human mobility and internationalization. Creating opportunities for students to study in Amsterdam, one of the world’s most diverse cities, is an incredibly enriching means of bridging my two nationalities and contributing to the spread of international networks."
Jan was born and raised in The Netherlands. During his Bachelor’s degree in European Studies he moved to the Czech Republic for one year. His time abroad not only showed him the importance of complementing academic studies with international experience but also inspired his passion for internationalization. After graduating Jan worked at the Anne Frank House before joining the Semester in Amsterdam team in 2016.
“Studying abroad brought me so much, not only in the area of expanding knowledge but also on a more personal level. I think learning from other cultures and developing intercultural qualities are the most valuable things students can give to themselves.”