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Extended to: 05/01/2014
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15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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01/26/2015 - 05/30/2015
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11/01/2014
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Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

There may be no better place to study the complexity of global business than in the financial heart of the Netherlands: Amsterdam. Home to large corporations and small local businesses, this dynamic city offers many case studies and examples of solid business and economic practices. Examine theories and tools used by academics and professionals to address today’s pressing economic questions. Explore historical and modern sites of business in action, and speak with local experts. It’s all waiting.

Study abroad in Amsterdam and you’ll:

  • Gain an insider’s perspective on how business is done in the Netherlands and the European Union by visiting Dutch and international companies
  • Take a wide range of high-quality courses in the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam
  • Study Dutch language and integrate into the Dutch and international student community through the International Student Network, interest groups, and weekend homestays
  • Live in an accessible, multicultural European capital city, explore the region through program excursions, and cruise around the city on your bike
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE Business, Finance, and Management Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE Business, Finance, and Management Merit Scholarships

    For high-achieving students in business, management, finance, and accounting programs who enroll in programs that focus on business or economics

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Get to know Amsterdam and the Netherlands outside of the canal belt during an engaging class on Dutch business culture. You’ll learn more about the Dutch economy, political system, and business values than what meets the eye, leading to a deeper understanding of Dutch business practices today. Guest speakers and site visits make this a dynamic and interactive class.

Plus, you’ll take advantage of extensive course offerings and local faculty at the University of Amsterdam. Subjects include corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship and innovation, organizational economics, e-business, information management, marketing, and cultural industries.

Excursions and Company Visits

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Visit corporations like KLM, Philips Electronics, Albert Heijn, or VanMoof, and explore Dutch production at a cheese or flower farm. You also might have a chance to visit another historic Dutch city, the UNESCO World Heritage site at Schiermonnikoog Island, or another Low Country city such as Rotterdam, Maastricht, Luxembourg, or Brussels. Students have enjoyed seeing Delta Works, a wonder of engineering that protects the countryside from the sea. And every two or three weeks, you can sign up for a special interest group to give you more insights to Amsterdam, its community, and daily life. You might see a ballet or go to a soccer match.

Cultural Immersion

The CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam aims to provide an insider’s perspective that most people, both locals and tourists, never see. If you're interested in experiencing Dutch culture more in-depth, you'll have the option of participating in a CIEE-organized day and overnight stay with a host family outside of Amsterdam, which is included in the program fee.

Volunteering

Engage with and give back to your host community by volunteering. Teach English to primary school children on a weekly basis, or help out during a onetime volunteer opportunity, like clearing up a neighborhood garden or helping out on a farm. As a CIEE Business and Culture student, you can participate in one of the interest groups such as the Amsterdam Schools group where you’ll help disadvantaged primary school children from Moroccan and Turkish descent with their English language skills.

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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.

The program fee includes:

  • 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 button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (18 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
08/18/2014
12/20/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$19,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,537
Housing ***
$5,300
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** breakfast and one other meal per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,750

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.

* for students in the residence hall; homestay students should budget $1600 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015 (18 wks)
11/01/2014
01/26/2015
05/30/2015
$19,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,537
Housing ***
$5,300
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** breakfast and one other meal per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,750

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.

* for students in the residence hall; homestay students should budget $1600 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
11/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (41 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
08/18/2014
05/30/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$36,600

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,587
Housing ***
$10,600
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** breakfast and one other meal per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$5,200
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$900
Personal expenses
$5,500

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.

* for students in the residence hall; homestay students should budget $1600 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 1 semester microeconomics, 1 semester macroeconomics, and 1 additional course in accounting, finance, management, marketing, mathematics, or statistics
  • Junior status required
  • Meeting the minimum requirement is not a guarantee of admission; final acceptance to the BC program is subject to review by University of Amsterdam faculty who will look at transcripts and make an evaluation based on performance in related courses already taken.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours.

Most University of Amsterdam courses are 45 contact hours with recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours but may range from 2–4 semester/3–6 quarter hours and 30–60 contact hours per class.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The University of Amsterdam uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to assign value to courses. Study abroad students take either three courses (worth 6 ECTS, or 3 U.S. credits) in block 1 and 2 courses (worth 6 ECTS, or 3 U.S. credits) in block 2, totaling 30 ECTS (15 U.S. credits) credits, or the reverse, taking 3 courses in block 1 and 2 courses in block 2. All students are required to choose from the CIEE courses Dutch Business Culture, Dutch Culture, or Beginning Dutch. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that all students have a minimum of academic content specific to the Netherlands.

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About the City

About The City

One hundred sixty-five canals give Amsterdam its unique charm. The Dutch capital is home to the stock exchange, central bank, numerous Dutch and international companies, and fabulous museums housing original works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Amsterdam is full of life, day and night, with world-renowned museums, art galleries, music, opera, theater, and dance. It is a truly international and multicultural city. Amsterdammers are easy-going and welcoming to foreigners, and English is the unofficial second language. With over 790,000 inhabitants, Amsterdam offers the advantages of a cosmopolitan center with a small-town feel. Because the city is so compact, bicycles are the most convenient means of transportation; in fact, bicycles outnumber the people in Amsterdam!

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Bonny Wassing

Bonny has been teaching Dutch Language and Culture and Dutch Contemporary Social Policy for CIEE since 2006. As a native speaker of Dutch, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Bonny studied Dutch Language and Literature and Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies, he spent a semester at Columbia University in New York, studying Linguistics and back at the University of Amsterdam he started as a student-assistant. After his studies he left for Romania where he lectured Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Bucharest for two years. Back in the Netherlands, he taught Dutch Language and Culture at different institutes. In 2013 and 2014 he was lector of Dutch language Yale University.

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“It’s wonderful to see how students pick up the language and how quickly they are able to say basic sentences. What I love about teaching Dutch culture is to break the stereotypes of the Dutch – though some might be (partly) true. I love to discuss in class the norms and values of the Dutch in comparison with the US American ones, so they have a better understanding of Dutch society as a whole.”

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Jonathan Key

Social Sciences Program Coordinator

As the program coordinator for CIEE's Social Sciences program, Jonathan Key is committed to ensuring that students who enroll in this program are afforded every opportunity to pursue their academic interests during their study abroad in the Netherlands. From course selection to grade conversion, Jonathan is there to help students navigate the landscape and academic ethos of Dutch higher education. Jonathan came to this position after serving as the resident coordinator of CIEE's Study Center in Groningen, where he ran the Urban Planning and Society semester program and the Society, Environment, Transportation, and Space summer program.

Born and raised in Belgium, Jonathan has been fascinated with the United States for as long as he can remember, and after being an exchange student in Oregon for a year after high school, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life in the orbit of the U.S. Without knowing it at the time, he took his first step on the road to becoming an Americophile when he watched his first episode of American TV as a toddler, and television has since then been closely bound up with his understanding of the U.S. He married the two during his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Groningen, graduating with a BA and MA degree in American Studies in which he focused principally on unpacking the changing representation of women on the small screen.

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Caroline Rotenberg

Student Services Coordinator

Caroline Rotenberg brings her experience as a former CIEE student to her job as the student services coordinator in the CIEE Amsterdam office. Born and raised in the States to a Dutch mother and an American father, her knowledge of and appreciation for both cultures were instilled from a young age and was only further instilled during her semester studying abroad in Amsterdam as a CIEE student in 2009. She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kenyon College and returned to Amsterdam for her master’s degree in Migration in Ethnic Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During her master’s degree, Caroline began working for CIEE where she has continued working after her graduation in 2013.

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Renee Spruit

Resident Director

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, and meet new people. When she got back to the Netherlands she went on to earn an international master’s degree in Sociology (with a special focus on Migration and Ethnic Studies) at the University of Amsterdam.

In 2008, she was appointed 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.

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Annabel Thomas

Activities and Projects Coordinator & Instructor

Annabel Thomas is the instructor of the cultural component of the CIEE Dutch Culture seminar. She co-teaches this seminar with a Dutch language teacher to help CIEE students to overcome both cultural and language barriers. Annabel aims to teach students intercultural skills that help bridge the gap between U.S. culture and Dutch culture, or other intercultural encounters.

As the activities and projects coordinator at the Amsterdam Study Center, Annabel Thomas runs around the Netherlands to look for interesting, special and entertaining activities for CIEE students. Her aim is to find activities and projects that fit the program goals, experiences that add value to studying abroad and locations that are not easy to reach for students on their own. You will find her browsing the Internet, reading guidebooks and reviews, or leading a group of students to an event.

Annabel strongly believes in volunteering as a way of integrating in another culture. For example, CIEE Amsterdam students have worked in a soup kitchen, taught English to Amsterdam school kids, helped out at a work reintegration project for the homeless, and met locals whilst cleaning a local park. CIEE is constantly looking for new ways to reinforce the ‘Dutch experience’. Another project CIEE Amsterdam runs is the ‘Weekend Homestay Project’ where students spend a weekend at the house of a Dutch family somewhere in the Netherlands.

Before she joined CIEE, Annabel received her bachelor’s degree in Experience Marketing from the University of Applied Sciences in Haarlem and her master’s degree in Eastern European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked with international students as a residence assistant, as an intern at the international office, and as the National Representative of the Netherlands in the International Student Network.

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Cato van Hees

Business and Culture Program Coordinator

Cato is the program coordinator for the Business and Culture Program In Amsterdam. After high school Cato took part in two language courses abroad, which inspired her to study in an international environment and learn more about foreign cultures. Consequently, she studied International Business and Management at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, which provided Cato with a thorough understanding of economic and business studies and international exchange. During her own experience abroad, Cato studied Economics and Business at the Complutense University of Madrid and completed an internship at the International Office of the Monterrey Institute for Technology and Higher Education in México.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) dates back to Amsterdam’s heyday in the 17th century when the city was one of the world’s most important ports and trading centers. The Athenaeum Illustre, which later became the University of Amsterdam, was founded in 1632. The university is spread out over various parts of the city center and is situated both in old buildings and in modern high rises. UvA has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students and a strong commitment to international education, which is reflected in its international student body and curriculum.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Housing is included in the program fee. In Amsterdam we offer several housing options. The most common option is a single room in an international residence hall that is offered by the UvA. All rooms have private or shared showers and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are all within a reasonable commute by foot, bike, or bus to the UvA and the center of Amsterdam.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at cafeterias and UvA restaurants, at restaurants throughout Amsterdam, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities. All residence halls have resident assistants who take care of minor housing issues and organize activities throughout the semester.

A limited number of homestays with Dutch families are also available. This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion in the local culture. The student has a furnished room and shares a kitchen, bathroom, and living area with the host family. Housing includes daily breakfast and lunch plus at least one other meal per week with the family. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Homestays can range from families with children to one-person households.

Students can also choose to live in the Student Hotel, the option most similar to an American dorm. This residence hall has close to 700 rooms available for international and Dutch students, and is located outside of the city center but offers several extras (student restaurant, gym and study facilities). There is limited availability in the Student Hotel.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Amsterdam even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

Each semester begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE in Amsterdam. It includes a welcome dinner, an academic orientation, an introduction to Amsterdam and Dutch society and culture, a ‘survival’ Dutch lesson, and excursions in and around Amsterdam. During the orientation, students have the chance to meet each other and learn more about Amsterdam, CIEE, and the University of Amsterdam. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

University Life

CIEE works closely with the University of Amsterdam’s International Student Network (ISN) during orientation and throughout the semester to ensure that students are well integrated into the international student body, working as much as possible against creating an American enclave. You'll be matched with an ISN coach and student group at the beginning of the semester. Weekly gatherings are held throughout the semester as well as various cultural events and excursions.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Business and Culture study abroad program is designed for students who are majoring or minoring in business or economics and considering a career in the business world, or who plan to explore graduate studies in business or pursue an M.B.A. Students can take courses from the areas of business studies, economics, or economics and finance, either pursuing courses in one of these tracks or choosing courses from multiple areas. Of the 300 students in the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) Bachelor’s program, approximately 75 percent of students are international and 25 percent are Dutch. The program is fully taught in English, giving CIEE students the opportunity to interact with Dutch and other international students on issues relating to business and economics.

Academic Culture

Students from the U.S. may notice a substantial difference between the educational style employed in their own countries and that used in the European system.

The European educational system allows students a high level of individual responsibility and initiative, and developing an independent and critical way of thinking is strongly encouraged. This academic environment will be part of the challenge for visiting students at the UvA.

The University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) and many other of its faculties divide each semester into two eight-week blocks. FEB courses take place only during one block. All courses are 6 ECTS (3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours U.S.). Average class size at the FEB is approximately 75 students in the lectures and 40 in the tutorials. Average class size at the FEB is approximately 75 students in the lectures and 40 in the tutorials.

The University of Amsterdam operates on a semester calendar, with each semester consisting of two consecutive eight-week class periods. The university’s fall semester runs from the end of August to the end of December, and the spring semester runs from the beginning of February to the beginning of June.

The CIEE Study Center office is located on the Roetersstraat directly across from the Faculty of Business and Economics academic buildings.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are with other CIEE study abroad participants only. University of Amsterdam classes are open to both Dutch and international students, although in many classes the majority is international.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

CIEE offers a Beginning Dutch course in which students can learn the basics of Dutch language. If a student already has a background in Dutch, he or she can choose to take a language class at the Dutch Language Institute of the University of Amsterdam (INTT).

Grading System

The credit system is based on a student’s overall workload, including lectures, seminars, and independent study. In general, grades are based on a combination of class participation, oral presentations, papers, and/ or written or oral examinations. Unlike in the United States, grades are based on a numerical scale of one to 10, rather than letters. All CIEE participants receive a University of Amsterdam transcript listing course titles, final grades, and credits earned, as well as the CIEE Academic Record, which converts the grades to a U.S. grading scale.

Language of Instruction

Dutch
English

Faculty

CIEE faculty are associated with Dutch institutions of higher education. University courses are taught by University of Amsterdam faculty.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Courses

Dutch Business Culture
Through the Dutch Business Culture course, students have the opportunity to learn more about the Dutch economy, political system, and business values than what meets the eye, leading to a deeper understanding of Dutch business practices today and in the past. The lectures are divided into several cultural themes that are characteristic for contemporary Dutch business. Each theme covers approximately two weeks and will be introduced by a lecturer. After an introduction class, the other classes will be a combination of company visits, meetings with experts in the field, lectures, group discussions and exercises to have the students fully immersed in the topic and to get an insider’s perspective. Themes include: the beginnings of Dutch trade, the Amsterdam stock exchange, the economic structure of the Netherlands in the 21st century, the Dutch political system and Dutch norms and work values.

CLST 3002 NETH / DUTC 3002 NETH / NLST 3003 NETH

Dutch Culture
The Dutch Culture course helps students develop a series of concepts and skills that will allow them to improve the way they interact in an intercultural context. More specifically, it provides students with the conceptual tools and practical space needed to reflect on, understand, adapt to, and integrate into Dutch culture. The Dutch Culture course is not a typical culture course as it offers a much more dynamic experience.

Students will collaborate with classmates, a local culture partner, and the course instructor. Together they will explore cultural self-awareness (who and how you are), cultural literacy (who and how the 'other' is within Dutch culture), and cultural bridging. Concepts include: global citizenship, cultural values, cultural dimensions, and stereotyping. Skills include conscious communicating, suspending judgment, shifting perspectives, resolving disagreements, and articulating the intercultural experience. Through readings, field reports, discussions, and experiential assignments, students will be supported and challenged to better adapt to life in the Netherlands. The course will facilitate students' intercultural interactions during their time abroad and position them to approach future experiences with cultural difference more actively, openly, and effectively.

Beginning Dutch
Students with no background can participate in CIEE’s Beginning Dutch. During this course, students will learn the basics of Dutch language in an interactive classroom. The Dutch language will be learned in the context of contemporary issues and events in Dutch society. Students with background in Dutch language can participate at an appropriate level at the language institute of the UvA (INTT). While Beginning Dutch is not required, it is strongly recommended, particularly for academic year students and students in homestays.

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Cultural Industries
Human Resource Management
Information Management
Marketing
Retail Marketing
Strategic Management
Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Economics
Economics of Markets and Organizations
Industrial Organization
International Trade and Investment
Public Economics
Organizational Economics

Finance
Advanced Corporate Finance
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Money and Banking

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Business Studies
E-Business
Marketing Management
Organizational Psychology
Strategy and Organization

Economics
Behavioral Economics
Development Economics
International Money
Labor Economics
Macroeconomics
Mathematical Economics
Microeconomics
Post-Keynesian Macroeconomics
Regulation, Regulatory Impact, and Reform
Transition Economics

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Econometrics and Research Skills
Industrial Organization
Intermediate Financial Accounting
International Money
International Trade and Investment
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Organizational Economics
Regulation, Regulatory Impact, and Reform
Transition Economics
Political economy: Dialectical Methodology

Finance
Investment and Portfolio Theory 1
Investment and Portfolio Theory 2

Econometrics
Mathematical Economics
Operations and Process Management

Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Management Accounting, Intermediate
Management Accounting, Advanced

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