Spend this summer exploring issues of health care from the Dutch and British perspectives. You begin your study abroad experience in Amsterdam, interrogating culturally sensitive issues like euthanasia, and global issues like elder care, which help you develop insight into the Dutch approach. Next, you’ll travel to London to research the challenges facing the British National Health Service which owns the vast majority of the country’s hospitals and has made medical care available to all citizens.
Embrace the amazing opportunity to examine the policies and practices of two countries facing similar public health challenges to the rest of the Western world, but taking markedly different approaches to addressing them.
Study abroad in Amsterdam and London and you will:
- Enjoy a series of guest lectures and site visits that bring you into contact and conversation with professionals in the field
- Develop leadership on matters critical to health
- Develop ethical and evidence-based policy opinions by looking at public health through various societal lenses
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- Paris, France
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
Program fees include:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer 2014 (8 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Round trip airfare between locations
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* Multi destination ticket based on East Coast departure; note students will require three one way tickets for this program
Total recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Each course has 45 contact hours.
Study abroad students take one course each session: Public Health in the Netherlands, followed by Britain's NHS, the Cost of Free Health Care.
About the City
About The City
Amsterdam, with world-renowned museums, art galleries, music, opera, and theater is a truly international and multicultural city. Amsterdam offers the advantages of a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. Because it is so compact, bicycles are the most convenient means of transportation; in fact, bicycles outnumber the people in Amsterdam!
Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with over 250 languages spoken in the UK capital. This makes London the most linguistically diverse city in the world. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums (which are all free!) comedy, and theater. For those who want a break in the pace of London life, there is an abundance of green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Originally from New York, Resident Director Elizabeth Cameron-Cooper studied communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She has lived and worked with American study abroad students in London since 2002 and is an expert on advising students on cultural adjustment and living abroad. Elizabeth has traveled extensively throughout the UK and Europe, providing a wealth of information for CIEE students. As Resident Director, Elizabeth is available for advice and support throughout the semester and oversees all aspects of the CIEE London Program.
Growing up in a small town in the North of the Netherlands, after high school Renée decided to move to Amsterdam to study. Although she has great memories of her home town, she was sure she wanted to explore more and go beyond the borders of what she knew. While doing a bachelor’s in Communications she was lucky enough to go abroad twice; one semester taking part in a PR program at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada and one semester doing an internship in the tourism industry in Cape Town, South Africa. She loved to be in an international environment, learn new things, meet new people, and when she got back to the Netherlands and graduated in Communications, she applied for an international Master’s in Sociology (with a special focus on Migration and Ethnic Studies) at the University of Amsterdam.
After graduation and working for a bit in various jobs, in 2008 she was appointed as the Resident Coordinator at CIEE. From 2008 onwards she has seen the Amsterdam Study Center grow from one program in Social Sciences to several semester and summer programs in both Amsterdam and Groningen. During these years she got to know all aspects of the programs; academics, housing, program development and overseeing the office as a whole.
Renée loves working with international students; seeing the excitement on arrival day and the comfort upon departure; She truly believe it’s a fascinating process how one makes a place his or her new home.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
In Amsterdam, students study at the CIEE Study Center, located on the Roetersstraat on the eastern side of the city center, steps from Amsterdam’s Zoo and in close proximity to the University of Amsterdam. While in
London, students study at the CIEE Study Center in South Kensington.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. In Amsterdam, students are placed in single rooms in residence halls with shared shower and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are within a short commute by foot, bike, or bus to the CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at affordable restaurants, in the University cafeteria, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.
In London, students will be offered accommodation based in historic and charming Kensington, just a few minutes’ walk from the CIEE Study Center in London. Bedrooms are fully furnished. The majority of students live in double-occupancy rooms, while some will live in single, triple or quadruple rooms. Students make their own meals in common kitchens, which are well equipped with utensils such as cookware, silverware and dishes. Common living areas in each residence allow students to interact frequently with each other.
Internet cafés are available throughout the Netherlands and the residence halls in Amsterdam offer Internet access. In London, all residences are equipped with high-speed wireless internet access and CIEE students also have access to a 24-hour fully equipped computer lab at the Metrogate residence halls. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Public Health in the Netherlands
The Netherlands, like many Western countries, is facing today’s challenges of rising health care costs, an ageing population and growing staffing shortages. In this course study abroad students will develop a better understanding of the Dutch approach to norms and standards in today’s public health care system. The course will touch upon culturally sensitive issues such as euthanasia, public insurance, and home birth, as well as global issues such as elderly care, children’s health, and ICT technologies in health care. Through a series of thematic lectures, including guest lecturers from professionals in the field, and guided site visits, students are able to place these challenges in a specific context, critically analyzing and comparing them to the UK. The course aims to motivate students to develop leadership on matters critical to health and to form ethical and evidence-based policy opinions by looking at public health care through a Dutch lens.
Britain's NHS, the Cost of Free Health Care
This course is intended as a lively and informative introduction to the British National Health Service. Established in 1948, Britain’s NHS owns the vast majority of the country’s hospitals, blood banks, and ambulance operations, employs most specialist physicians, and has made medical care available to every resident for free. Beloved by the British, the NHS remains controversial in the U.S., where it has been used as a lightning rod to inflame the health care debate, raising the specter of “socialized medicine.” This course will focus on building a nuanced understanding of the National Health Service. Study abroad students will study how the NHS emerged from the gradual nationalization of health services during World War II, and how it has grown to become Europe’s largest employer. They will gain an understanding of the governing structure of the NHS, and how policies are determined and carried out within it. Through screenings, class exercises, debates, and field trips, students will research the major challenges facing the NHS, including managing limited resources, the demands of a growing and aging population, providing community care, as well as the current reform efforts spearheaded by the Coalition. They will pay particular attention to the ethical dilemmas raised by a nationalized health system, e.g. setting guidelines for the provision of life extending medicines and the setting of targets for emergency admissions. Guest speakers will include NHS practitioners; field trips will include an outing to a general practitioners service and local hospital as well as the opportunity to talk to frontline health workers and NHS patients.