Amsterdam, Netherlands

January in Amsterdam

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Information for term January in Amsterdam

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2023
  • Dates: Jan 2 – 24, 2024
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Spend January earning credits in one of Europe's most multicultural and historic cities! This exciting winter program in Amsterdam is designed for students from all areas of study who want to experience what it's like to call the global metropolis of Amsterdam home for three weeks. This program includes two courses, one on the Dutch public health system and the other on gender, race, sexuality, and popular culture. Both courses are delivered in English at CIEE Amsterdam.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore another Dutch city

    because there is more to the Netherlands than its capital, and we will show you a slice of small(er) town Dutch life!

  • Visit the Amsterdam Zoo

    just steps away from CIEE Amsterdam located on the Roetersstraat on the eastern side of the city center.

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    Spend a day

    at the Rijksmuseum and view the masterpieces of Rembrandt and his pupils.





Location & Culture

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With world-renowned museums, art galleries, theaters, and the headquarters of international organizations, Amsterdam is a truly multicultural city. It has all the advantages of an international cosmopolitan city and still retains a small-town feel. Its residents come from more than 180 countries. Because it is so compact, bicycles are the most convenient means of transportation. In fact, bicycles outnumber people in Amsterdam! Explore its charm and treasures, from the gabled houses that stand shoulder to shoulder along the canals, to glorious masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Matisse, and more. Not to mention being home to one of the most diverse populations in the world. English is Amsterdam’s unofficial second language, so it’s easy to communicate with the locals. 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.

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


  • Learn about culturally sensitive issues such as euthanasia, public insurance, and home birth, as well as global issues such as elderly care and children’s health. 
  • Take part in excursions and field trips in and around the city of Amsterdam and get to know this accessible, environmentally conscious, and multicultural European capital city. 
  • Experience a world-class theater or dance performance at a historic concert hall such as the Royal Concertgebouw, considered by critics to have some of the best acoustics in the world. 
  • Take part in a Power and Privilege workshop to explore the uneven distribution of power and privilege in the Netherlands along gender, race, and class lines.  
  • Hear a guest lecture from an expert in Dutch politics who will provide insights on key contemporary public health issues in the Netherlands. 

Daily Life

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    Housing is tight in Amsterdam, however CIEE offers a variety of accommodation options within the Amsterdam metropolitan area, including residence halls, shared apartments, and homestay families. All housing is within a 40- to 50-minute commute to CIEE Amsterdam. If we cannot accommodate your first choice of housing, we will let you know before you arrive onsite.  

    Residence Halls/Shared Apartments: Students live in single or shared rooms with en suite bathrooms and access to kitchen facilities. Common areas are available in each of the housing options.  

    Transportation: Students are responsible for their own travel costs in and around Amsterdam. The best way to travel around the city is by bike. Whatever the weather, the Dutch will steadfastly cycle to work, school, and back home – and you can too! CIEE staff will fill you in on all your options for getting a bike once you arrive onsite.  


    Apartments/Residence Halls: Students staying in apartments and residence halls are responsible for their own meals.  

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Where You'll Study

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    A short commute by foot, bike, or bus from the student accommodations.

What People are Saying

  • "There is a lot of freedom to explore and adventure independently, allows for one to be interested in their own fields and follow those interests. While there are some structured trips and a regular class and classroom, it's nice to have some guidance but also freedom to continue in certain areas of interest."

    Jillian M., Wofford College


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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 Prerequisites

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.

Program Requirements

Students take one of the offered courses.

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 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

The course features a combination of lectures, active discussion, 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, presentation, and either an exam or paper on one of the topics discussed in the course.

Class Format

Classes are for CIEE students only.


Grades are based on a combination of class participation, oral presentations, and papers. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. 

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.

Language of Instruction


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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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.

Dates & Fees

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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

January 2024 Nov 1, 2023 Jan 2, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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.

What's Included

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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 and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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