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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come spend the summer in The Netherlands, the perfect site to examine business, social and public health challenges with a critical lens.

Using the dynamic city of Amsterdam as your laboratory, exploring the Dutch public health system as well as their policies surrounding prostitution, drugs, housing, abortion, euthanasia, and migration. Guided site visits to places like a drug safe house and the prostitution information center provide you with a behind the scenes look at Dutch social policy in practice.

Study abroad in Amsterdam with CIEE and you will:

  • Study public health in the Netherlands in Session I or III and gain a greater understanding of the innovative ways in which the Dutch approach this area
  • Study contemporary Dutch social policy in the capital of the Netherlands (Amsterdam) during Session I or II and learn more about Dutch policies concerning subjects like prostitution, drugs, and abortion
  • Study Dutch Business Culture in the financial heart of the Netherlands (Amsterdam) during Session II or III and gain an insider’s perspective on how business is done in the Netherlands and the European Union; visit Dutch and international companies
  • Live in an accessible, environmentally-conscious and 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.

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

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England
  • Paris, France

Coursework

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Public Health
Session I and Session III explore the Dutch approach to norms and standards in today’s public health care system. The course touches 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.Contemporary Dutch Social Policy
In Session I and Session II, you’ll use guided site visits to supplement lectures on Dutch social policies, giving you the opportunity to form your own opinions about the effectiveness of their implementation and practice.

Dutch Business Culture>br /> In session II and III; through the Dutch Business Culture program students have the opportunity to learn more about the Dutch economy (and it’s history), the political system and business values than what meets the eye, together with unique site visits this leads to a deeper understanding of Dutch business practices today and in the past.

Excursions

In addition to field visits around the city of Amsterdam, you’ll also venture into the Dutch countryside, offering you insight into typical Dutch rural life as an alternative to the city.

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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.

This 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
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Summer 2015 Session I
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$4,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,012
Housing
$925
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$850
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$60
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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.

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

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Summer 2015 Session II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$4,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,012
Housing
$925
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$850
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$60
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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.

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

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Summer 2015 Session III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$4,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,012
Housing
$925
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$850
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$60
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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.

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

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Summer 2015 Session I, II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$7,830

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,567
Housing
$1,850
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,700
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,050

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.

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

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Summer 2015 Session II, III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$7,830

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,567
Housing
$1,850
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,700
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,050

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.

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

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Summer 2015 Sessions I, II, III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$11,310

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,122
Housing
$2,775
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,550
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$180
Books & Supplies
$225
Personal expenses
$1,575

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.

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

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for each session is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Each course has 45 contact hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take the required course during each session, Public Health in the Netherlands in Session I or III, or Contemporary Dutch Social Policy in Session I or II, or Dutch Business Culture In session II or III.

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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!

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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

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.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. 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.

Students participating in Session I or Session III will shortly stay in a hostel located near to the CIEE Study Center, depending on the session this will be either upon arrival or departure.

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Orientations

Orientations

At the beginning of each session, a mandatory orientation organized by CIEE staff is held to introduce students to Dutch culture and to the academic program, as well as to provide practical information about living in the Netherlands. Ongoing support is provided on a group and individual basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Internet cafés are available throughout the Netherlands. The residence halls offer Internet access and students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam was established in 1993; the summer study abroad program began in 2007. The summer program includes three four-week sessions looking at public health in the Netherlands in Session I and III, contemporary Dutch social policy in in Session I and Session II, and Dutch Business Culture in session II and III.

Public Health
Public Health in the Netherlands focuses on how the Dutch have a utilitarian and practical approach to public policy which has resulted in a unique yet successful health care system.

Contemporary Netherlands Studies
Contemporary Netherlands Studies is ideal for students interested in social policy or environmental studies. It allows students to develop a better understanding of Dutch social policies and the country’s interest in sustainable living. In addition to a classroom component, the study abroad program also involves guided site visits and excursions.

Dutch Business Culture
The themes included in this course are all important determinants of the Dutch business culture. The course starts with the historical context of trade in the Netherlands, followed by a thorough analysis of the economy, political system and society. The latter part describes the Dutch economy in an international context. The combination of lectures, site visits, expert talks, group discussions and assignments fully emerge students in the topic to get an insider’s perspective.

Academic Culture

All sessions include a combination of lectures, active participation, guest speakers, and guided site visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the course and are asked to give a presentation of their findings. Students are evaluated based on active participation, a presentation, and a final 15-page paper on one of the themes discussed in the course.

Nature of Classes

Classes are with CIEE study abroad participants only.

Grading System

Grades are based on a combination of class participation, oral presentations, and papers. Grades are based on a numerical scale of 1 to 10, rather than on letters.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Qualified lecturers from various institutes of higher learning in The Netherlands teach the two required CIEE courses.

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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.

Required CIEE Courses

Session I

NLST 3001 NETU

Contemporary Dutch Social Policy
The goal of this course is to help students gain a greater understanding of the Netherlands and to increase their social awareness of the Amsterdam community in which they are studying. The course seeks to accomplish this through lectures combined with guided site visits within organizations that deal with the social policy topics and issues covered in the lectures. Through an examination of social policy theory and practice, students are challenged to “see” their surroundings from a sociological and anthropological point of view, and to examine where policy and practice are working well and where they may be less successful. In the lectures, social and legal policy is studied as it affects certain groups, e.g., prostitutes, drug addicts, and immigrants. Through the guided site visits, students have the opportunity to form their own opinions about the effectiveness of the implementation and practice of these social policies and to ask staff working in the organization questions about the policies themselves. A general historical overview of the Netherlands is given in order to establish a framework for themes on social policy. This is followed by lectures on tolerance covering such issues as drugs, prostitution policy, abortion, and euthanasia. Multiculturalism is also addressed. This course takes place in Amsterdam. Instructor: Bonny Wassing

PUBH 3001 NETU

Public Health in the Netherlands
The Netherlands, as many other Western countries, is facing today’s challenges of rising health care costs, an ageing 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, 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.

Session II

NLST 3001 NETU

Contemporary Dutch Social Policy
The goal of this course is to help students gain a greater understanding of the Netherlands and to increase their social awareness of the Amsterdam community in which they are studying. The course seeks to accomplish this through lectures combined with guided site visits within organizations that deal with the social policy topics and issues covered in the lectures. Through an examination of social policy theory and practice, students are challenged to “see” their surroundings from a sociological and anthropological point of view, and to examine where policy and practice are working well and where they may be less successful. In the lectures, social and legal policy is studied as it affects certain groups, e.g., prostitutes, drug addicts, and immigrants. Through the guided site visits, students have the opportunity to form their own opinions about the effectiveness of the implementation and practice of these social policies and to ask staff working in the organization questions about the policies themselves. A general historical overview of the Netherlands is given in order to establish a framework for themes on social policy. This is followed by lectures on tolerance covering such issues as drugs, prostitution policy, abortion, and euthanasia. Multiculturalism is also addressed. This course takes place in Amsterdam. Instructor: Bonny Wassing

Session III

Dutch Business Culture

PUBH 3001 NETU

Public Health in the Netherlands
The Netherlands, as many other Western countries, is facing today’s challenges of rising health care costs, an ageing 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, 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.

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