Amsterdam, Netherlands

Social Sciences + Humanities

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Information for term Social Sciences + Humanities

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 23 – Dec 25, 2021 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA


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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

  • nationalities

  • annual visitors to the Anne Frank house


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


  • 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.


  • 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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Daily Life

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    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.


    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

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

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    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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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.  



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students must be juniors or seniors when the program starts.

Program Requirements

  • Students must take at least one course at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) but the remainder of classes can be CIEE courses.
  • Students should take at least two classes in each block.

Program Credit

Total credit: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • University of Amsterdam courses: typically, 3-6 U.S. semester/4.5-9 quarter credits; 30-60 contact hours

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.

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.


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.

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Course Information

 Course Notes

  • The UvA semester runs on a block system and CIEE students are present only for the first two of the three semester blocks. The fall semester is the 1st semester of the academic year and therefore starts with block 1. The spring semester is the 2nd semester of the academic year and therefore starts with block 4.
  • Most CIEE courses run during the first two blocks of the semester.

Fall 2021 Courses and syllabi will be available here in January 2021.

Host Institution Courses

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The following list of courses constitutes a representative sample of course offerings through the University of Amsterdam and is subject to change. Not all courses listed are offered every semester, and some courses have pre-requisites. The final list of courses is made available before the semester begins.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.


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Fees & Housing

Spring 2021 18 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 25, 2021 May 29, 2021
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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

Visa Fees = $200

Personal expenses = $2,750

Other = $359 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $7,734

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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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

††† onsite visa fee

Fall 2021 18 weeks Apr 1, 2021 Aug 23, 2021 Dec 25, 2021

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.

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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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