Amsterdam, Netherlands

Social Sciences

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Information for term Social Sciences

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 20 – Dec 22, 2018 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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You’ll find this progressive, multicultural city the perfect setting to explore Dutch society, politics, and culture. With an opportunity to live with a Dutch host for your entire stay or just a weekend, you’ll get a truly personal introduction to this country and its eco-friendly, active way of life.

Unique Experiences

  • Get around by bike

    – it’s the Dutch way – and the best way to get a closer perspective of this multicultural city.

  • Get a multinational perspective

    on everything you study by working side by side with the international student body at University of Amsterdam.

  • Live like the locals

    by taking a bike tour, attending a special exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, or another world-class institution.

  • bridges

    1281
  • nationalities

    180
  • annual visitors to the Anne Frank house

    1.2M

Location & Culture

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If you find yourself wondering why it’s so easy to feel at home in Amsterdam, chalk it up to “gezellig.” Roughly translated, that’s Dutch for cozy or home-like – 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 that are protected for historic importance. It’s loaded with 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.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Travel overnight to experience life in another Dutch city or slip out of urban life at a coastal preserve.
  • Take day trips that highlight Dutch innovation outside the city rings of Amsterdam.
  • Cheer alongside Dutch fans at a soccer match, or experience Dutch theatre or dance at a historic performance hall.
  • Team up with a student coach from the University of Amsterdam’s International Student Network (ISN), and enjoy city outings with your own group of international students at the UvA.

PROJECTS

  • Get to know Dutch youngsters by volunteering to teach English once a week at a local Amsterdam school.
  • Join one of several Amsterdam Life Activities (ALA) groups. From exploring Amsterdam’s multicultural composition, to its status as a global culinary capital or a hub for business innovation, there’s a way to pursue nearly every interest.
  • Sign up for a weekend homestay, and get to meet a Dutch family.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. Live with a Dutch host and immerse yourself in the local language and culture within Amsterdam's city rings. Whether you’re placed with a single person or a family with children, you’ll have daily breakfast and lunch plus one additional meal with your host each week.

    Residence Hall The Student Hotel. Student Hotel Amsterdam West provides a newer, more comfortable option. Students live in single rooms with private bathrooms. Located about 20 minutes from the city center, this option includes a free bike, wireless internet, a gym, a restaurant, shared kitchens, and more.

    Residence Halls De Key. Housing Agency De Key provides rooms in one of the several buildings throughout the city. Students have a single room, private or shared shower and kitchen, and a reasonable commute by foot, bike or bus to the city center. 

  • MEALS

    Students in residence halls are responsible for their own meals. Students in homestays are responsible for dinner, six days a week; at a minimum, they will share a meal with their host one evening per week.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Where You'll Study

  • A

    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Steps from the University of Amsterdam, on the eastern side of the city center.

  • B

    UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM

    COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

  • C

    Getting Around

    An exceptionally walkable and bike-friendly city, Amsterdam also has easily accessible public trams, busses, and metros.

What People are Saying

  • I think CIEE did a great job and was very organized in facilitating housing and course enrollment. They made the abroad process very easy and straightforward.

    Federico, Harvard University, Spring 17
  • I loved the trip to Schiermonnikoog!!! So much fun and was definitely a highlight for me. Also, my weekend homestay trip (the CIEE helped arrange) was one of the most amazing experiences I had here in the Netherlands.

    Madeline, Mount Holyoke College, Spring 17

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What you need to know

The program details

Established in 1993, this program allows students to study a range of social science and humanities courses at CIEE Amsterdam and cosmopolitan University of Amsterdam (UvA). Semesters at the UvA consist of two 8-week blocks. Courses at the UvA run for one block (6 ECTS/3 U.S. credits) or two blocks (12 ECTS/6 U.S. credits). Students can also take CIEE classes worth 3 U.S. credits which are taught at two locations in the vicinity of the UvA Roeterseiland Campus.

Courses are taught by highly qualified CIEE and UvA faculty.

Students can take beginning Dutch at CIEE. Those with some experience can take Dutch language class at the Dutch Language Institute of the University of Amsterdam (INTT).

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    While CIEE classes are composed only of CIEE students, classes at the University of Amsterdam usually feature a combination of Dutch students and international students from all over the world. Classes typically meet twice a week for a lecture and discussion session. While discussion sessions are capped at 25 to 30 students, lectures can be significantly larger.

  • GRADING

    Grades are based on results of presentations, papers, and written exams, along with class participation. Grades are given on a scale of 1-10. CIEE will convert grades to a U.S. letter-based scale.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Classes are held Monday through Friday. Students should be ready to take initiative and approach coursework more independently than they may be accustomed to.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Students must be juniors or seniors when the program starts.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours
  • ​University of Amsterdam courses: contact hours: 30- 60; credit – 3 - 6 semester/4.5 - 9 quarter hours
  • CIEE courses: contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

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.

Spring 2019 Courses

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CIEE COURSES

  • NLST 3002 NETH: Contemporary Dutch Social Policy
  • COMM 3301 NETH: Intercultural Leadership and Communication in Amsterdam
  • BUSI 3004 AMNT: Business and Sustainability in the Netherlands
  • DUTC 1003 NETH: Beginning Dutch
  • PUBH 3001 NETH: Dutch Public Health
  • VIST 3001 NETH: Screen Cultures
  • PSYC 3001 AMNT: Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • POLI 3002 AMNT: Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU
  • SOCI 3003 AMNT: Race in the Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM COURSES(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

The following list of courses constitutes a representative sample of course offerings through the University of Amsterdam, and is subject to change. In some cases, prior background knowledge may be required to enroll in a class.

College of Social Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies
Political Science
Social Geography and Urban Planning
Sociology
Communication Science
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Cultural Anthropology
Child Education and Development

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Faculty of Humanities

Arts, Religion and Cultural Sciences
Dutch Studies
History

Archeology and Area Studies
Language and Literature
Media Studies
Philosophy
Modern European Languages

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UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM - DUTCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE COURSES

Beginners
For those who understand some Dutch but are incapable, or almost incapable, of making themselves understood in Dutch. The main objectives of the course are to help participants acquire a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand simple spoken and written Dutch, and teach them how to make themselves understood in elementary spoken and written Dutch.

Pre-Intermediate
For those who have a global understanding of simple, everyday Dutch, and can make themselves understood in simple, everyday Dutch that is still full of mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand simple spoken and written Dutch, and teach them how to make themselves understood in simple spoken and written Dutch.

Intermediate
For those who have a reasonable understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, and can make themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch but still make many mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand spoken and written Dutch in a variety of familiar contexts, and teach them how to make themselves understood in both spoken and written Dutch.

Pre-Advanced
For those who have a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, and who can make themselves understood in everyday Dutch but still make quite a few mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants to extend their vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand spoken and written Dutch in a variety of contexts, and improve their basic writing and speaking skills.

Advanced
Even those who have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch and a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level still make systematic mistakes. Therefore, the advanced course can help those students who have a Dutch language background, but are still looking to improve. Objectives of the advanced level are to improve participants’ writing and speaking skills. Some attention is paid to reading, listening, and extending vocabulary.

Fall 2018 Courses

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CIEE COURSES

UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM COURSES(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

The following list of courses constitutes a representative sample of course offerings through the University of Amsterdam, and is subject to change. In some cases, prior background knowledge may be required to enroll in a class.

College of Social Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies
Political Science
Social Geography and Urban Planning
Sociology
Communication Science
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Cultural Anthropology
Child Education and Development

View Course catalog

Faculty of Humanities

Arts, Religion and Cultural Sciences
Dutch Studies
History

Archeology and Area Studies
Language and Literature
Media Studies
Philosophy
Modern European Languages

View online Course catalog

UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM - DUTCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE COURSES

Beginners
For those who understand some Dutch but are incapable, or almost incapable, of making themselves understood in Dutch. The main objectives of the course are to help participants acquire a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand simple spoken and written Dutch, and teach them how to make themselves understood in elementary spoken and written Dutch.

Pre-Intermediate
For those who have a global understanding of simple, everyday Dutch, and can make themselves understood in simple, everyday Dutch that is still full of mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand simple spoken and written Dutch, and teach them how to make themselves understood in simple spoken and written Dutch.

Intermediate
For those who have a reasonable understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, and can make themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch but still make many mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand spoken and written Dutch in a variety of familiar contexts, and teach them how to make themselves understood in both spoken and written Dutch.

Pre-Advanced
For those who have a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, and who can make themselves understood in everyday Dutch but still make quite a few mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants to extend their vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand spoken and written Dutch in a variety of contexts, and improve their basic writing and speaking skills.

Advanced
Even those who have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch and a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level still make systematic mistakes. Therefore, the advanced course can help those students who have a Dutch language background, but are still looking to improve. Objectives of the advanced level are to improve participants’ writing and speaking skills. Some attention is paid to reading, listening, and extending vocabulary.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Dutch culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 18 weeks Aug 20, 2018 Dec 22, 2018
Academic year 2018-2019 41 weeks Aug 20, 2018 Jun 1, 2019
$38,285
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $27,318 **

Housing = $10,500 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $38,285

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 = $5,200

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $900

Personal expenses = $5,500

Other = $500

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $15,100

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** breakfast and one other meal per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the residence hall option

for students in the residence hall; homestay students should budget $1600 per semester for meals not included in fees

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring 2019 18 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Jan 28, 2019 Jun 1, 2019
$20,450
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,733 **

Housing = $5,250 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $20,450

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 = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $125

Books & Supplies = $450

Personal expenses = $2,750

Other = $359

Total Estimated Costs = $7,534

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** breakfast and one other meal per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the residence hall option

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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