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Program Overview

Program Overview

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

Using the dynamic city of Amsterdam as your laboratory, you’ll explore 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 public health center, a drug safe house, the prostitution information center and a multicultural neighborhood provide you with a behind the scenes look at Dutch policies in practice.

Study abroad in Amsterdam with CIEE and you will:

  • 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 Public Health in the Netherlands in Session II or III and gain a greater understanding of the innovative ways in which the Dutch approach this area
  • 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 $5 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:

  • 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 $2,000 per student

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

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

During your summer course you will have the opportunity to attend extracurricular activities:

  • One daytrip will be offered during the orientation period in which you will venture out into the countryside to visit an old medieval castle, a small authentic fisherman’s town, or a small Dutch city with great history.
  • An overnight trip will be offered to another region in the Netherlands Dutch city, giving you the chance to draw similarities - and analyze the differences - between the capital of Amsterdam and a smaller Dutch city and/or countryside. Cities could include Rotterdam, with Europe’s largest harbor, Maastricht with its old medical streets, or Dordrecht, an old trade city with a nearby nature reserve. Each overnight trip will also contain an activity closely related to your subject matter.
  • During the program, other activities will be organized throughout the week. Each session includes a welcome and farewell dinner. Additionally, you will also go on an overnight excursion that ties with your subject matter. Extra activities might include a bike tour through Amsterdam’s countryside, an outside movie night at a popular Amsterdam city beach, a visit to a concert, theatre play, fleamarket, or a special exhibition in one of Amsterdam numerous museums.

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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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,458
Housing
$925
Insurance
$167

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 $500 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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$134
Books & Supplies
$56
Personal expenses
$394

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 Session I, II 2017 (56 wks)
06/19/2016
07/17/2017
$8,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,533
Housing
$1,850
Insurance
$167

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 $500 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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$268
Books & Supplies
$112
Personal expenses
$788

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 Sessions I, II, III 2017 (60 wks)
06/19/2016
08/13/2017
$12,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,608
Housing
$2,775
Insurance
$167

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 $500 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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$402
Books & Supplies
$168
Personal expenses
$1,182

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 Session II 2017 (56 wks)
06/19/2016
07/17/2017
$4,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,458
Housing
$925
Insurance
$167

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 $500 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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$134
Books & Supplies
$56
Personal expenses
$394

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 Session II, III 2017 (60 wks)
06/19/2016
08/13/2017
$8,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,533
Housing
$1,850
Insurance
$167

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 $500 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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$268
Books & Supplies
$112
Personal expenses
$788

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

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
06/15/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017
$4,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,458
Housing
$925
Insurance
$167

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 $500 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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$134
Books & Supplies
$56
Personal expenses
$394

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
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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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, Contemporary Dutch Social Policy in Session I or II, and/or Public Health in the Netherlands in Session II or III.

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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 clubs and theaters. It is a truly international and multicultural city; with 180 different nationalities represented, Amsterdam boasts one of the most diverse populations in the world. Amsterdammers are easy-going and welcoming to foreigners, and English is the unofficial second language. With over 830,000 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

Instructor Beginning Dutch & Contemporary Dutch Social Policy

Bonny has been teaching Beginning Dutch 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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Judith de Lange

Student Services Coordinator

As the Student Services Coordinator at the office, Judith is responsible for all student services related matters like orientation, housing and activities. Although she loves living in Amsterdam, she went abroad twice. During her bachelor study Communication Science, Judith did a minor in Politics in Berlin. After graduating back in Amsterdam, she went to Antwerp (Belgium) for her master Political Communication. Besides being an exchange student herself, Judith was also active in AEGEE, which is a European-minded student organization. There, she organized exchanges for fellow European students and obtained her organizing skills. Aside from going abroad to study, Judith is also a fanatic traveler. She went to the USA twice and dived into the American nature and culture. She loves to discuss this experience and dream about new travels!

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Jonathan Key

Social Sciences Program Coordinator

As the program coordinator for the Social Sciences program, Jonathan 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 and summer programs.

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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Renee Spruit

Resident Director

Renée grew up in a small town in northern Netherlands, and moved to Amsterdam to attend university. While doing a bachelor’s in communications she went abroad twice; one semester 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.

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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Cato van Hees

Business and Culture Program Coordinator

Cato 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 or nearby the CIEE Study Center, located on the Roetersstraat on the eastern side of the city center, steps from Amsterdam’s Zoo and adjacent 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 several residence halls with shared shower and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are within a short commute by foot, bike, or tram/metro 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, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.

Students participating in Session I or Session III will shortly stay in a hostel (+/- 3-8 days) located near to the CIEE Study Center, depending on the session this will be either upon arrival or departure. Rooms in the hostel will be shared with CIEE students only.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in the Netherlands even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. CIEE staff 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.

The on-site orientation provides participants with an intensive introduction to the Netherlands, the culture, health and safety issues, and the academic program. Excursions in and around the city serve as a general introduction to the public transportation system, and major points of interest, as well as acquainting students with necessary resources and amenities. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Internet cafés are available throughout the Netherlands, and most coffee places and cafés in Amsterdam offer complimentary WiFi. All residence halls have wired Internet (for which you need a cable).

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Academics

Academics

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 either an exam or paper (depending on the course) on one of the themes discussed in the course. 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

Nature of Classes

Classes are with CIEE study abroad participants only.

Grading System

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.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Qualified lecturers from The Netherlands teach the CIEE courses.

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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.

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. The status of Amsterdam as a multicultural city is also addressed.

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. The status of Amsterdam as a multicultural city is also addressed.

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 III

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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