Amsterdam, Netherlands

January in Amsterdam

Study Program



3 weeks



3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours


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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. 


Unique Experiences


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


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



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







  • students getting ready to bike amsterdam
  • amsterdam students on excursion abroad

Your Destination

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 conveniently located close to the University of Amsterdam 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

amsterdam canal abroad reflection houses


  • 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.

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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



CIEE Amsterdam is conveniently located a short walk away from the University of Amsterdam in a thriving, student-friendly neighborhood surrounded by cafés, restaurants, and picturesque canals. 



Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

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.


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.


Course Information

Health Professions and Related Programs

Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

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

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 January 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $4,350

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 = $2,320**

Housing = $1,650***

Insurance = $80

Total Fees = $4,350

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 = $353

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $145†††

Total Costs = $2,048

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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*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

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

††r?ound-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

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

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.

Cathelijn Kuis

Student Life Director

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

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:


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Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
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