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08/18/2014 - 12/20/2014
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Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come spend a semester or year developing fascinating insight into Amsterdam, one of the world’s most beautiful, dynamic, and progressive cities, on CIEE’s Social Sciences program. Your goal: examine the social, political, and cultural realities of life in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Europe. A challenging social sciences curriculum, exciting volunteering activities, fun special interest groups, and a homestay with a local family all ensure a truly unique international experience.

Study abroad in Amsterdam and you'll:

  • Gain an insider’s perspective on Amsterdam and the Netherlands through the CIEE course and unique field visits focused on contemporary Dutch social policy
  • Take a wide range of courses in the social sciences, as well as a limited number of humanities courses
  • Study Dutch language, and explore and engage with the community through the International Student Network, interest groups, weekend homestays, and volunteer opportunities
  • Live in the accessible, lively, and multicultural city of Amsterdam and get around the city on your bike
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Learn more about the Netherlands by taking one of the CIEE classes, Dutch Culture, Contemporary Dutch Social Policy, Dutch Public Health, Beginning Dutch, or Dutch Business Culture. Study a wide range of subjects through the University of Amsterdam, such as gender, sexuality, and society; development and planning; media, communications and film; and more.

Excursions

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Numerous excursions to sites of cultural and historical significance will supplement what you learn in class to help you experience the local culture in Amsterdam in a stimulating, multilayered way. Excursions include a visit to a historical Dutch city; an overnight trip to either Schiermonnikoog Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or a Dutch or Belgian city such as Groningen, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Ghent or Bruges; a visit to the site of a typical Dutch product, such as a cheese farm or the Delta Works that protect the Dutch countryside from the sea; and a visit to a cultural venue to see a ballet performance or a soccer match. You'll also have the option of staying overnight with a host family outside of Amsterdam.

Student to student

While studying in Amsterdam, you’ll have ample opportunities to volunteer, ranging from teaching English in primary schools to one-time activities like clearing up a neighborhood garden.

Interest Groups

CIEE study abroad in Amsterdam offers Interest Groups as vehicles for meeting a wider range of Dutch locals, and to better engage with the local community. Four to six groups are available each semester that offer a deeper understanding of the multiculturalist society or the queer community, or to meet regularly to teach English classes to kids aged 11-12, for example.

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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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End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (18 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
08/18/2014
12/20/2014
$18,850

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 **
$13,148
Housing ***
$5,300
Insurance
$102

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 dormitory 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 2014 (18 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2013
01/27/2014
05/31/2014
$18,850

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 **
$13,148
Housing ***
$5,300
Insurance
$102

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 dormitory 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
11/01/2014
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
Extended to: 05/01/2014
08/18/2014
TBA
$35,800

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 **
$24,798
Housing ***
$10,600
Insurance
$102

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 dormitory 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
  • Junior status strongly recommended
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours. For the academic year, total recommended credit is 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours.

CIEE course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students typically take either three courses (two worth 12 EC / 6 U.S. credits plus one worth 6 EC / 3 U.S.) or four courses (three worth 6 EC / 3 U.S. plus one worth 12 EC / 6 U.S.) totaling 30 EC (15 U.S.) chosen from the UvA and CIEE course offerings. Students must enroll in a minimum of the equivalent of 15 U.S. credits and a maximum of 18 U.S. credits.

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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 (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 32,000 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

Housing is included in the program fee. In Amsterdam we offer several housing options. The most common option is a single room in international residence halls that are offered by the University of Amsterdam (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 RA’s 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.

Finally, students can choose to reside in shared student apartments where you share an apartment with one or more Dutch students. You will have your own private sleeping room, but depending on each apartment you might share the bathroom and kitchen. Availability depends on available rooms and a strong sense of independence is recommended.

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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, CIEE 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.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet is available at the CIEE Study Center and in all University of Amsterdam (UvA) buildings. You'll also have access to the UvA computer labs spread across the city for class-related activities, and receive a personal email account upon arrival, free of charge. All housing options have wired or wireless Internet.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

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The CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam aims to provide an insider’s perspective that most people, both locals and tourists, never see. We do this through guided site visits relating to contemporary Dutch social policy and unique destinations within and around the Netherlands.

Excursions include a visit to another historical Dutch city; an overnight trip to either Schiermonnikoog Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or a Dutch or Belgian city such as Rotterdam, Maastricht, Ghent, Bruges, or Brussels; a visit to the site of a typical Dutch product, such as a cheese farm or the Delta Works that protect the Dutch countryside from the sea; and a visit to a cultural venue to see a ballet or soccer match. Students also have the option of staying overnight with a host family outside of Amsterdam.

Interest Groups

The Social Sciences study abroad program offers Interest Groups as vehicles for gaining access to a wider range of Dutch locals, and to better engage with the local community. Four-to-six groups are offered per semester and meet regularly to perform volunteer work or as discussion groups supplemented with special events such as theater performances, museum visits, and movie nights. At the end of the semester, each interest group has a special closing event having to do with their interest group theme. Themes include Education in Amsterdam, where students teach English in primary schools; Queer Amsterdam, where students gain a better insight into the queer culture in Amsterdam; News and Media in Amsterdam, where students contribute to their own magazine published twice a semester; and Culinary Amsterdam, where students get a taste of Dutch cuisine.

Volunteer

You'll have several unique volunteer opportunities allowing you to connect and give back to the community in which you live. Opportunities may include teaching English to children aged 11 - 12. In addition to these semester-long activities, CIEE Amsterdam organizes several one-time volunteer opportunities in which you can contribute to the community by helping out anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day.

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University Life

You are encouraged to sign up for activities organized by the International Students Network (ISN) of the University of Amsterdam. ISN organizes activities, which help students meet other international students and ease the adjustment to living in the Netherlands. Following the CIEE orientation, you will attend the ISN orientation. You can then join one of many international student groups, with which you will attend different cultural activities throughout the semester and expand your network of international and Dutch friends.

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Academics

Academics

The Social Sciences study abroad program at the University of Amsterdam was established in 1993. The CIEE program falls under the College of Social Sciences (CSS), which offers bachelor’s level programs in English. CIEE students can choose between a large number of social science courses, in addition to a limited number of humanities courses.

Academic Culture

Most classes offered at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are small in size, consisting of 30 students or less. Most meet twice a week (once for a two-hour lecture and once for a two-hour seminar or discussion- based work group).

Classes comprised of so many different nationalities offer a wide range of perspectives. This diversity enables students to analyze and discuss issues from multiple viewpoints. Joining the CIEE Study Center and the University of Amsterdam not only helps students develop a better comprehension of Europe in an international comparative perspective, but also enhances their ability to communicate with people from other countries, which is crucially important in light of today’s globalization and increasingly international work environments. Approximately 50% of the international students at UvA are from Europe, 25 percent from the U.S., and 25 percent from Canada, Australia, and countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

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 on the eastern side of the city centre, within close proximity to the UvA academic buildings.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are designed for CIEE study abroad participants only. UvA classes are open both to Dutch and to 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 the Dutch language. If a student already has a background in the language, her or she can choose to take a language class at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Dutch Language Education (Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs en Taaladvies or 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 U.S., 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 Description

Course Description

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 cancelled 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

NLST 3002 NETH
Contemporary Dutch Social Policy

The Dutch Contemporary Social Policy class analyzes specific themes within Dutch Society dealing with social policy issues and practice. The themes covered are: Drugs, Prostitution, Gender and Sexuality, Migration, Housing Euthanasia and Abortion. These specific themes have been chosen to reflect the distinctive social policies for which the Netherlands is known for. The underlying theme throughout the course is the issue of social tolerance. In a society like that of the Netherlands, for example, social policies on drugs and prostitution can be more liberal and open. The key question is whether these policies are successful and what tensions exist between theory and practice. The background, history, and development for these policies will be analyzed. The course thus moves from the micro level i.e., the actual social issue on hand, to the macro level, where the interrelatedness of the issues is studied. The combination of lectures and guided site visits of organizations related to the themes of the course will allow students to study how social policy plays out in practice. Students will develop a sociological and anthropological perspective of their surroundings and develop greater social consciousness. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

DUTC 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 (as well as de-code), 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 cultural partner, and the course instructor. Together, they will explore cultural self-awareness (who & how you are), cultural literacy (who and how the ‘other’ is within Dutch culture), and cultural bridging. Concepts include, but are not limited to: 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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, and will feature a combination of company visits, inviting experts from the field, lectures, group discussions and exercises to have the students fully emerge 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Beginning Dutch
Students with no background can participate in the CIEE Beginning Dutch course. During this course, students learn the basics of the Dutch language in an interactive classroom and where Dutch language will be learned in the context of contemporary issues and events in Dutch society. Students with a prior background in Dutch language can participate in the appropriate level at the language institute of the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Dutch Language Education (Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs, known as INTT). While Dutch is not required, it is strongly recommended, particularly for academic year students and students in homestays. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Dutch Public Health
The Netherlands is facing today’s challenges of rising health care costs, an aging population and growing staffing shortages. In this course 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 and children’s health. Through a series of thematic lectures, including guest lectures 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 other countries. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

University of Amsterdam Courses

The following list of courses constitutes a representative sample of course offerings through the University of Amsterdam, and is subject to change. In some cases, prior background knowledge or permission of the instructor may be required to enroll in the class.

Ethnicity, Migration and Nationalism
Anthropology of Africa and the Black Atlantic
Anthropology of East Asia
Anthropology of Modern Asia
Ethnicity and Education
Perceptions of Asia
Urban Struggle

Society, Culture and Modernity
A Political Geography of the European Union
Anthropology of Biomedicine and Global Health
Anthropology of Conflict and Violence
China
Global Health, Care & Society
Innovation, politics and global transformation in the early 21st century
Mindfulness
Moving Manhood
On Guilt and Shame - Eichmann's Heritage
Religion and Politics in the USA
Seminar on Law & Legal Practice in an International & Comparative Perspective
Youth Cultures in a Transnational Context
Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity
Anthropology of Food
Global Health Internship
Media, Movement, and Marriage: Religion in the 21st Century
Philosophy of Childrearing and Education
Pleasure, Power and Gender in Sport
Political Subjectivity, Citizenship and Belonging
Race and Physical Anthropology
Seminar on Law & Legal Practice in an International & Comparative Perspective
Social Stratification, Life courses and Gender
The meaning of having children in cultural perspectives
Youth Cultures in a Transnational Context

Urban Studies
Cities in Time and Space
Cities in Transition
Divided Cities
Environment and Sustainable Development
Financial Geography
Perspectives on Home and Housing
Spatial Implications of Environmental Change
Urban Struggle
Using GIS for Spatial Analysis

Dutch Society
Dutch Identity: Images of Dutch Society Through Time
Social Trends, Social Problems, and Social Policies

Gender, Sexuality, and Society
Experiencing Differences
Gender and Ethnicity in Western and (Post)Colonial History
Gender, Conflict and International Relations
Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Politics
Moving Manhood
Reproduction, Health and Technologies
The Local and Global Complexity of Prostitution
Social Stratification, Life Courses, and Gender
Social Theories of Sexuality

International Relations and Globalization
Art and Conflict
Authoritarian Barriers to Development and Democracy: Central Asia and the Middle East
China’s Changing Place in the World: Domestic Developments and Foreign Policy
Critical Humanitarian Governance
Debating European Integration: History, Politics, Theory
Global Leader or Fragmented Follower? EU Internal and External Policy-Making Processes
Grand Strategy: Combining Diplomacy and Military Force in the Face of Uncertainty
International Political Economy
Introduction to Conflict Studies
Nationalism, Identity and Conflict
Politics and Conflict and Syria
Quantitative Analysis Techniques for Intelligence Services
Secret Affairs I
Secret Affairs II
The European Union as a Global Actor: Conceptualizations, Case Studies and Interactions
The History of the International System
The Middle East’s Next Top Model
The Political Economy of Development: The Role of the IMF and the Worldbank
The United States, Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship
Transnational Governance

Communications and Media
Introduction to Communication Science
Introduction to Research Methodology
Media Life
Media, Movement, and Marriage: Religion in the 21st Century
Political Communication and Journalism
Research Practice Seminar
Topic International Communication
Topic Media and Politics in a Comparative Perspective
Topic National Identity and the News
Topic Organisations and Social Media
Topic Virtual Teams and Distributed Collaboration

Media Studies
Documentary Film: History
Film and Cultural Memory
Like, Share, Tweet: Social Media and Web Economies
Performance at the Edge
Sound Cultures
Television, Seriality and the Drama Series
The American Western and Its Impact on Global Film Culture
World Cinema

History, Archeology and Area Studies
Amsterdam in the Golden Age
Britain, Europe and Euroskepticism
Eurocentrism: History, Identity, White Man’s Burden
European Memory and Heritage: How Do Transnational Memories Work?
“Gentlemen Don’t Read Each Other’s E-Mail”: United States Intelligence and National Security
Metropolitan America
Political Geographies of Europe
Post-Yugoslav States and Societies in Transition: From War to Transnational Justice
Putin’s Russia
Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy: From Cold War to Putinism
The Politics of Power: Expert Power in 20th Century America
The World of Mark Twain

Language and Literature
Cultural Analysis
Cultural Conflicts
Dance Me to the End of Love, Epistemology of Romance
Identities in Popular Culture
Identities in Visual and Cultural Studies
Introduction to Islamic Law
Islamic Art and Architecture
Moving Images and Literature
Shakespeare in Focus

Philosophy
Intellectual History I
Intellectual History II

Politics, Governance, and Democracy
An Introduction to Global Environmental Politics and Governance
A Political Geography of the European Union
Citizenship
Democratic Governance
Global Elites and Leadership
Introduction to European Union Politics
Negotiation, Conflict, and Governance
Policy and Evaluation
Policy Making in the European Union
Political Sociology and the Quest for Legitimacy
Political Subjectivity, Citizenship and Belonging
Politics and Expertise
Politics of Development
Social Movements: Change from Below
Socionext
The Governance of Risk
The History of the International System

University of Amsterdam Institute for Dutch Language Education
(Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs, or INTT)

DUTCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE COURSES

Beginners
For those who understand some Dutch but are incapable, or almost incapable, of making themselves understood in Dutch. The main objectives of the course are to help participants acquire a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand simple spoken and written Dutch, and teach them how to make themselves understood in elementary spoken and written Dutch. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Pre-Intermediate
For those who have a global understanding of simple, everyday Dutch, and can make themselves understood in simple, everyday Dutch that is still full of mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand simple spoken and written Dutch, and teach them how to make themselves understood in simple spoken and written Dutch. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Intermediate
For those who have a reasonable understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, and can make themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch but still make many mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand spoken and written Dutch in a variety of familiar contexts, and teach them how to make themselves understood in both spoken and written Dutch. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Pre-Advanced
For those who have a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, and who can make themselves understood in everyday Dutch but still make quite a few mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants to extend their vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand spoken and written Dutch in a variety of contexts, and improve their basic writing and speaking skills. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Advanced
Even those who have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch and a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level still make systematic mistakes. Therefore, the advanced course can help those students who have a Dutch language background, but are still looking to improve. Objectives of the advanced level are to improve participants’ writing and speaking skills. Some attention is paid to reading, listening, and extending vocabulary. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

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