Amsterdam, Netherlands

Summer Business + Communications

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Overview

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Amsterdam is home to the stock exchange, central bank, and international companies, making it the perfect place to deepen your knowledge of business and communications. Broaden your understanding of the role the Netherlands plays in the global market 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.

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

    165
  • bicycles

    800K
  • visitors to the Anne Frank house every year

    1.2M

Location & Culture

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You’ll have no problem feeling right at home among Amsterdam’s 830,000 inhabitants. Though the Dutch capital is home to the stock exchange, central bank, and 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 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.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • 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 outside movie night 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

    Residence Halls: Students live in single rooms, and may have private or shared bathrooms and kitchens. Residence halls are a short commute by foot, bike, tram, or metro to CIEE. Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Note: Session 1 students share quad rooms with other CIEE students in a nearby hostel for the first two weeks of the program. 

  • MEALS

    Students are responsible for their own meals, and have the option to prepare food at the residence hall, or eat at local restaurants – there are many affordable options.

Academics

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Academics

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 and organizations relevant to the course offering.

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.

GPA

2.5

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.

Grading

Grades are based on a combination of class participation, oral presentations, papers, and/or written or oral examinations. All assignments are given a percentage grade and the final grade is converted to a letter-grade.

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

English

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.

Courses

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Course Information

   

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 Open Campus Network and that are offered at multiple CIEE Centers.

Scholarships

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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

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.

 

What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
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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Get Started

Here's what you need to do to take the next steps:
  • 1

    START AN APPLICATION
    You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience! 

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    CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    Contact Us

    Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.