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 the cultural capital city 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!

When you study abroad in Amsterdam, you’ll experience one of the most innovative and multicultural cities in the world. Students can learn all about Amsterdam’s culture, language, and history on a uniquely-designed Amsterdam program. With world-renowned museums, art galleries, and theater, Amsterdam provides students with an international study abroad experience that they’re sure to remember.


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Study Tours & Cultural Excursions in Amsterdam

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
  • Experience a world-class symphony orchestra at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

If you’re a student looking to experience studying and living in Amsterdam, CIEE’s tours and excursions allow you to do just that! Whether you want to study art, film, or Dutch in Amsterdam, the Netherland’s capital city offers something for everyone.

About the Center

Situated in the heart of the Plantegebuurt in Amsterdam East, CIEE Amsterdam boasts four classrooms, a student lounge with complimentary books, an office space, Wi-Fi access, and a charming outdoor patio. 

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Where Students Study

CIEE Amsterdam 
CIEE Amsterdam is located on the Rapenburgerstraat in the historical Plantage district of Amsterdam. Now an educational facility, this site has been a gunpowder factory in the 17th century Jewish girls' orphanage throughout the 18th century.  

Located five minutes by bike or 15 minutes on foot from the main UvA campus and 30 minutes away from the VU Campus, CIEE Amsterdam is very centrally located and well connected to public transport, allowing student easy commutes to housing, classes, and cultural activities throughout the city.  

University of Amsterdam (UvA) 

UvA is the third-oldest university in  the Netherlands and one of the largest universities in Europe, serving more than 40,000 students from 100+ different nationalities, divided across seven major faculties. CIEE students take classes at two different mini campuses: The historic inner-city campus and the newly designed “Roeterseiland” campus. 

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) 

With a student body of 30,000, 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 in Amsterdam’s Zuidas knowledge district. 

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Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or complete volunteer work in Amsterdam. For students looking to intern in Amsterdam, they may have the opportunity to join guest lectures and site visits that connect them with professionals in the field.

Students interested in volunteering in Amsterdam may have the opportunity to teach English once a week at a local elementary or middle school.

Study Abroad Programs in Amsterdam

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Spend January earning credits in one of Europe's most multicultural and historic cities!

Program Interests
  • Bike Friendly
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See business in action in this diverse Dutch capital.

Program Interests
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
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Competitive Admissions
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The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is an ideal place for studying global business.

Program Interests
  • AACSB-Accredited
  • Bike Friendly
  • Host Institution
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  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
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  • Multi-Location Offering

During this Open Campus Block program you’ll learn about the liberal and progressive policies of the Netherlands in CIEE catered course

Program Interests
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
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  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
Competitive Admissions
  • Study Program

Explore Social Sciences + Humanities in one of Europe’s most progressive cities.

Program Interests
  • AACSB-Accredited
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
  • Host Institution
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Semester in Amsterdam (fall 2025)

Pocket Guide to Amsterdam


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!)

Cold rainy winters; comfortable summers, mild spring and fall

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Amsterdam is a great location for students looking to study abroad in Europe because it’s a highly bike-able city that provides students with a quintessential Netherlands experience. Students can immerse themselves in centuries of old architecture and beautiful landscapes, while attending world-renowned universities.

Studying abroad in Amsterdam provides students with a safe multicultural atmosphere that’s easy to travel by bike, train, or car. In addition, universities in Amsterdam offer a wide variety of courses for students looking to study Dutch, film, art, design, medicine, and so much more.

Tips for studying abroad in Amsterdam include keeping your wits about you when traveling in crowded areas, pack an umbrella for the fall, and explore the Netherland’s scenic bike rides along the coasts. CIEE encourages students to select courses that pique their interest, explore different areas of the city as much as they can (e.g. Albert Cuyp Market, Bloemenmarkt, and Rokin), and chat with locals.

In order to ensure our students feel welcomed, supported, and empowered while studying abroad, CIEE staff completes comprehensive diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Staff provide students with advice, resources, and ongoing support both before and during their study abroad program in Amsterdam.
For more detailed information on diversity in Amsterdam, visit our Diversity in Amsterdam page.

The cost of studying abroad in Amsterdam varies depending on the specific program that you choose and how long you plan to study abroad for. For detailed cost information, we recommend researching each individual Amsterdam study abroad program page.

For costs not included in your program’s outlined fees, it’s important to consider factors surrounding your individual journey while abroad.  

Read more: How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad?

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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Apply in 1,2,3!

You may be wondering if there are any scholarships to study in Amsterdam. CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Amsterdam to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program
  2. Review all available funding opportunities
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application
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Study Abroad Scholarships


Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.


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Talk To A Student Who's Lived It...

Ask an Ambassador

Reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors to learn what CIEE Study Abroad is really like from alums who've lived it! Address any questions you may have about Amsterdam, from your academic interests and travel planning to housing and cultural differences. 

Amsterdam Study Abroad Reviews

  • "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