Study Abroad in Amsterdam

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Explore Amsterdam, Netherlands

What was once a small fishing village in the 12th century has bloomed into both the cultural capital of the Netherlands, one of the top financial centers in Europe, and the biggest city in the country. Yet its 60 miles of historic canals lined with gable-roofed homes make this  city still feel cozy, and unmistakably one of a kind!.

Study abroad students kayaking excursion in Amsterdam
Study abroad students getting a tour guide experience in Amsterdam
Study abroad students attending a sporting event

Every CIEE semester program includes frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Amsterdam, past study tours and excursions have included:

  • Overnight trips to Rotterdam, Maastricht, or The Hague
  • Bike tours through Amsterdam’s countryside
  • Tours of medieval castles, authentic fishing towns, and other urban areas
high school students posing for a group photo in Amsterdam

Where Students Study

CIEE Amsterdam
Conveniently located across the street from the University of Amsterdam.

University of Amsterdam (UvA)
UvA is the third oldest university in the Netherlands and one of the largest universities in Europe with over 30,000 students divided over seven major faculties. CIEE students take classes at two different mini-campuses: the historic inner-city campus and the newly designed “Roeterseiland” campus (which is located on the same block as CIEE Amsterdam).

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

With a student body that is fast approaching the UvA’s in size, the VU is the smaller – but just as established – second research university in Amsterdam. Unlike the UvA, the VU occupies a centralized campus located in the southern part of the city.

Student group photo in front of  Amsterdam monument

Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer program. In Amsterdam, students can volunteer to teach English once a week at a local elementary or middle school.

Study Abroad Programs in Amsterdam

Pocket Guide to Amsterdam

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages
    Dutch, English

    Available Transportation
    Bikes, tram, bus, subway, feet

    Famous Local
    Carice van Houten – Dutch actress whose role as Melisandre on Game of Thrones brought her worldwide fame (and an Emmy nomination!)

  • Climate
    Cold rainy winters; comfortable summers, mild spring and fall

    Places to Explore
    Amsterdam has 1,281 bridges – three times as many as Venice, Italy

  • Airport
    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

    Social Norms
    Calling the Netherlands "Holland" is a little bit of a faux-pas - Holland refers to only two of the 12 provinces that make up the country

    What to Pack
    Umbrella, comfortable shoes

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What People are Saying

  • "It was the experience of a lifetime to study abroad and CIEE is what made this experience possible."

    Kaleinani N., Occidental College
  • "I had a fantastic time and met some really great people."

    Margaret O., Franklin Pierce University
  • "I would be likely to recommend CIEE because of the welcoming and helpful staff. The excursions and orientation made adjusting so much easier"

    Madeline J., University of Utah
  • "I had a great time this semester and I'm really glad that I chose CIEE."

    Cole L., Wesleyan University