Amsterdam, Netherlands

Summer Business + Communications

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Information for term Summer Business + Communications

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 11 – Aug 6, 2022 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Amsterdam is home to the country’s stock exchange, the Dutch National Bank, and many international companies, making it the perfect place abroad to deepen your knowledge of business and communications. Broaden your understanding of the role the Netherlands plays in the global marketplace with courses on sustainable business, contemporary television, or intercultural communication. Courses are taught in English at CIEE Amsterdam and are complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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Unique Experiences

  • Go on an excursion

    to another city in the Netherlands

  • Explore Dutch castles,

    beaches, fishing villages, and cities.

  • Get a deeper understanding

    of Dutch business practices today and throughout history.

  • canals

  • bicycles

  • visitors to the Anne Frank house every year


Location & Culture

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You’ll have no problem feeling right at home among Amsterdam’s 875,000 inhabitants. Though the Dutch capital is a European hub for business and finance, including the headquarters of numerous Dutch and international companies, it’s got an artsy, vibrant side too — think museums housing original works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt, art galleries, music clubs, and theaters. Not to mention, though it boasts 180 different nationalities (making it home to one of the most diverse populations in the world), English is the unofficial second language here, so it’s easy to communicate with the locals.

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


  • During the orientation, venture out into the countryside to visit an old medieval castle, a small authentic fisherman’s town, or small Dutch city with great history.
  • Take a trip to Rotterdam, The Hague, or Utrecht – each significant in its own right – and compare your observations to what you know of Amsterdam.
  • Take a bike tour through Amsterdam’s countryside.
  • Relax during an open air movie screening at a popular Amsterdam city beach.
  • Go to a concert, play, flea market, or a special exhibition in one of Amsterdam’s museums.

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 ensuite bathrooms and access to kitchen facilities. Common areas are available in each of the housing options. 

    Homestays: Students live with a Dutch host and immerse themselves in the local language and culture. Each student is placed in a single room and has access to shared space. 

    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. 

    Homestays: Students in homestays will receive two meals a day during the week. 

What People are Saying

  • "I had a fantastic time and met some really great people."

    Margaret O., Franklin Pierce University
  • "it was a nice transition to a very intense situation so they did a great job helping people get into the swing of things ."

    Brittany M., California State University - Fresno
  • "Great time and interesting course"

    Abigail R., University of Cincinnati


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Students choose one, two, or three 4-week sessions and focus on the global business and communications industry in the Netherlands. Courses are taught by qualified lecturers from the Netherlands and class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions, as well as site visits to  organizations and businesses that specifically fit the profile of the course(s) students choose to enroll in.  

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

All students must enroll in one 3-credit CIEE course per session.

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits per session.

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

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

Classes are with CIEE study abroad participants only. The program combines lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and guided site visits.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded based on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.  Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

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

Students studying in Amsterdam for multiple sessions may only take the Communicative Dutch Language course once.

Summer 2022 CIEE Courses

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Summer Session I

Semester Credit

Summer Session II

Semester Credit

Summer Session III

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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.



Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session III 2022 4 weeks Deadline Passed Jul 11, 2022 Aug 6, 2022
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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 = $3,931 **

Housing = $925

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $5,350

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 = $700

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $140

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $2,490

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

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

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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