Amsterdam, Netherlands

Social Sciences + Humanities

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Information for term Social Sciences + Humanities

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 19 – Dec 21, 2019 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 27 – May 30, 2020 (18 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Bring your interest in Dutch language, society, politics, and culture to this progressive, multicultural city for coursework across social science and humanities in English at CIEE Amsterdam and our cosmopolitan partner, University of Amsterdam (UvA). Select from Dutch language learning at the Dutch Language Institute (INTT) which is part of UvA and courses across disciplines including anthropology, European studies, film studies, history, international relations, media, psychology, sociology, urban studies, and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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 weekly activites. 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 and explore nearly every facet of Amsterdam.
  • Take part in a Power and Privilege workshop to explore the uneven distribution of power and privilege in the Netherlands along gendered, raced, and classed lines.
  • Lend your voice to the Student Representative Council and help shape CIEE Amsterdam’s activities and programming.
  • Sign up for a weekend homestay, and get to meet and spend a weekend with a Dutch family.

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Live with a Dutch host and immerse yourself in the local language and culture. 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: The Student Hotel Amsterdam West provides a comfortable housing option that American students may be most familiar with. Students live in single rooms with a private bathroom. Located about 20 minutes by bike or public transportation from the city center, this is a great option for students who prefer an American dorm style experience abroad.

    Residence Halls De Key: Housing agency De Key provides studio apartments in a modern building, which is shared with Dutch and other international students. Students live in single rooms with a private bathroom and kitchenette. Located in Amsterdam West about 20 minutes by bike or public transportation from the city center, this is a great option for a student wanting to live as Dutch students do during their semester abroad.

    Transportation: Students are responsible for paying their own travel costs in and around Amsterdam. The best way to travel around the city is by bike. Through rain or shine, the Dutch will steadfastly cycle to work, school, and back home – and you can too! CIEE staff will recommend how to get a bike once you arrive on site.

  • 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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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

This program invites students to study a range of social science and humanities courses at CIEE Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam (UvA). Semesters at UvA consist of three 8-week blocks but CIEE students are only present for the first two blocks. Courses run either for one or two blocks. Students can also take CIEE classes which are taught at two locations in the vicinity of the UvA Roeterseiland campus.

University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the third oldest university in the Netherlands and one of the largest universities in Europe with over 30,000 students divided over seven major faculties.

Dutch Language Institute at the University of Amsterdam (INTT) offers Dutch courses at all levels to students of the University of Amsterdam and other highly educated foreign language speakers.

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

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 a range of assessment methods, including presentations, papers, and written exams, along with class participation. Grades are awarded 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

Students will enroll in 15 credits with a minimum of one University of Amsterdam course.  The rest of the credits may be made up of CIEE courses, University of Amsterdam courses or a mix of the two.

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.

Fall 2019 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
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Social Geography and Urban Planning
Sociology
Communication Science
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.

Spring 2020 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
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Social Geography and Urban Planning
Sociology
Communication Science
Cultural Anthropology
Child Education and Development

View online 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

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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
  • 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 & 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.

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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • 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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Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 18 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 19, 2019 Dec 21, 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 = $700 ††

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $200

Personal expenses = $2,750

Other = $200

Total Estimated Costs = $7,900

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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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

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

†† This would cover six round trips per week from students' housing to the UvA campus/the CIEE classroom

Academic year 2019-2020 18 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 19, 2019 TBD
$38,855
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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 = $27,888 **

Housing = $10,500 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $38,855

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 = $1,400 ††

Books & Supplies = $400

Visa Fees = $200

Personal expenses = $5,500

Other = $200

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $15,650

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.

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

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

†† This would cover six round trips per week from students' housing to the UvA campus/the CIEE classroom (and is double the amount of the single-semester costs)

Spring 2020 18 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 27, 2020* May 30, 2020*
$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 = $700 ††

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $200

Personal expenses = $2,750

Other = $200

Total Estimated Costs = $7,900

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.

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. Students may need to pay a 100 EUR deposit depending on their housing placement

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

†† This would cover six round trips per week from students' housing to the UvA campus/the CIEE classroom

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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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