Broaden your horizons in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Area has plenty of opportunities for those who would like to learn something new, broaden their horizons or get creative. We’ve delved into the world of workshops and courses and come up with some lists to give you a taste of what’s out there. Don’t speak the local lingo? No problem, all these workshops are held in English. If you are interested in learning Dutch, however, find more information here. Alternatively, check the events calendar if you're looking for events catering to internationals.



  • Speech, Speech! Toastmasters International runs courses to help you brush up on your public speaking and leadership skills.

  • The JCI Amsterdam International is dedicated to uniting ambitious young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are up for some serious networking.

  • The rush and bustle of corporate life getting you down? Calm yourself and find bliss with a tai chi workshop.

Food and drink

  • The acclaimed Wijninstituut gives English language wine courses that introduce oenophiles to the magical world of grape appreciation. Five evening courses spread over three months cover all the basics. Alternatively, Singel wine shop The Library hosts regular English language wine tasting classes in a relaxed and informal setting. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.  

  • The Wynand Fockink distillery in the heart of Amsterdam has been producing Dutch spirits for over 300 years. Book a tasting and learn the ins and outs of the craft – and of course, sample what’s on offer!

  • Peter Pan cookery studio offers cooking classes at their location in Amsterdam Noord, where guests are invited to pick their own fresh herbs from the garden to use in their culinary creations. 

  • De Kookfabriek guarantee to have you cooking like a Michelin-starred chef in no time.

  • Spice things up with a Subcontinental cookery class at Authentic India, a family-run shop that will teach you to prepare delicious meat and vegetarian dishes.


  • ACCESS Netherlands runs a number of courses to help expecting parents prepare for what’s in store.

  • Learning some basic Dutch can help with all aspects of life in the Netherlands. Check out our list of language courses in Amsterdam.

  • What to do if...? The Amsterdam Red Cross runs handy first aid courses in English to prepare you for emergencies.

  • Buying a house can be a daunting prospect at the best of times, but Expat Housing Seminars will guide you through the minefield so you can get a mortgage with confidence.

  • IN Amsterdam regularly holds seminars focused on important topics for internationals, including housing, taxes and the Dutch job market. Expert guest speakers share their insights and answer questions at each one, making them a valuable resource.