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London, England Amsterdam, Netherlands

Summer Comparative Public Health Systems II + III ( London + Amsterdam)

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8 weeks



6 total semester hours

9 total quarter hours


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Compare what links and differentiates the Public Health systems of the British and the Dutch. In London, you will learn about the National Health Service and the challenges that it is facing in the twenty-first century. Next, travel to Amsterdam and investigate how culturally sensitive issues like euthanasia and drug-taking impact public health. When class is in session, all your courses will be delivered at CIEE London and CIEE Amsterdam. Outside the classroom, you'll be invited to participate in co-curricular activities in and beyond the cities to round out your study abroad experience and enhance classroom learning.

Unique Experiences


approaches to Western public health, illuminated by site visits and expert guest lectures.


the political discourse surrounding “free” healthcare.


at iconic sites in London and Amsterdam, and beyond.







  • London students at Stonehenge
  • Amsterdam bikes at sunset
  • Amsterdam tour group by canal

Your Destination


Home of the 2012 Olympic Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, free museums, comedy, and theatre. There are abundant opportunities for enjoying summer in London – with eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city and more green space than any comparable city in the world. 

London is the perfect place to analyze Global Health. Our multicultural city and broad socioeconomic variety allow students to study pathologies that other more homogeneous cultures lack. You also have access to the resources of the British Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Wellcome Trust. 

CIEE London is within walking distance of all the city’s tourist highlights, but it is also tucked away in the University district. Located in a beautiful Georgian square just moments from the British Museum and 10 minutes from Trafalgar Square and its art galleries, CIEE London has a lounge, cafe, and study areas - perfect for discussing your program with your fellow students.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in London.


Wondering why it’s so easy to feel at home in Amsterdam? Chalk it up to “gezellig.” Roughly translated, that’s Dutch for cozy – a sensibility commonly associated with this city. Compact and easy to navigate by bike or on foot, Amsterdam houses more than 6,000 buildings from the 16th century forward, protected for historic importance. It’s loaded with charm and treasures, from gabled houses standing shoulder-to-shoulder along the canals, to masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Matisse.  What's more, CIEE Amsterdam is located in the tranquil Plantage neighborhood, where students can easily drop in to speak to CIEE staff, study, or simply hang out in the student area between classes. An exceptionally walkable and bike-friendly city, Amsterdam also has easily accessible public trams, buses, and metros.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Amsterdam.

The Culture

london tube mural on ceiling


  • Explore a historic location outside London on a day trip. Previous trips have included Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, and Canterbury. 
  • See the famous Tower of London, home of the crown jewels recently valued at around $5.8 billion. 
  • Explore central sites in the City of Westminster, home of Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, St. James’ Park, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Palace of Westminster. 
  • Browse the urban markets on Sundays in Shoreditch and Brick Lane or enjoy fabulous food on Fridays in Borough Market, and hunt for souvenirs in Camden. 
  • Experience Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames.
London student group in Chinatown


  • During orientation, venture out into the countryside to visit an old medieval castle, a small authentic fisherman’s town, or a small Dutch town bearing immense historical significance.
  • Take a day trip that highlights Dutch innovation outside the city rings of Amsterdam, such as a trip to the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, or an architecture and design-focused visit to Rotterdam. 
  • Explore Amsterdam's world-famous canal belt on a private canal cruise, or leave the city behind and paddle a canoe through the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) .
  • Relax during an open-air movie screening at a popular Amsterdam city beach. 
  • Go to a concert, play, flea market, or a special exhibition in one of Amsterdam’s museums.

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This eight-week program allows students to study two of the world’s leading healthcare systems and build a foundation in public health. All students in this program are required to take the following courses: Contemporary Challenges in Global Health and Public Health in the Netherlands. In London, students connect with healthcare professionals and researchers, visit sites that demonstrate the impact of cultural dynamics on the delivery of public healthcare, and evaluate global trends and agendas in public health. In Amsterdam, students discuss the health effects of drugs and alcohol, euthanasia, and home birth.

In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

CIEE Global Institute – London is located in the heart of Bloomsbury. It sits in one of the most vibrant and student-populated neighborhoods of central London and features Georgian-style architecture, classrooms, a café, garden terrace, and tech zone.

CIEE Amsterdam is conveniently located across the street from the University of Amsterdam, embedded in a thriving, student-friendly neighborhood with cafés, restaurants, and picturesque canals.



Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


All students take one required CIEE course per session

Program Credit

Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from London and Amsterdam when classes are in session. Students should be ready to take initiative and approach coursework more independently than they may be accustomed to in the U.S.

Class Format

Classes taught at the CIEE Global Institute – London and CIEE Amsterdam are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and attendance is strictly enforced for both classes and required co-curricular excursions. The class typically features a combination of lectures, active participation, guest speakers, and guided site visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the course and then present their findings.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded based on participation, papers, presentations, and written assignments and/or written or oral exams.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Course Information

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

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Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Summer Session II and III 2024 8 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $9,250

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $5,553**

Housing = $3,200

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $9,250

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $371

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $140

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $130

Other = $161

Total Costs = $2,102

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support


Our Staff

Mark Simmons

Center Director

Mark is a Scot, a Brit and a Londoner. He has an MA in History from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate degree in Administrative and Information Management from...

Gildas Fresneau

Center Director

Gildas holds a master’s degree in European Law from the University of Rennes (France). He worked in many roles within international higher education before joining CIEE as Center Director.

Dr. Miriam Handley

Associate Director

Miriam studied at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and at the world-famous drama school the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked as a lecturer and author for...

Cathelijn Kuis

Student Life Director

Cathelijn studied Journalism (BA) and American Studies (MA) at the University of Utrecht.

Seán O’Donnell

Student Life Manager

Seán O’Donnell studied Anthropology at Goldsmiths – perhaps that’s why he is so good at working with students as they explore and study with us in London! He has worked...

Merve Erdogan

Academic Director

Merve studied Sociology, Public Administration, and Political Science and obtained a Masters degree in Communication Science. She worked as a lecturer and academic tutor and is currently working as Academic...

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