Amsterdam, Netherlands

World Government

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Calling all budding diplomats!

Located in the heart of Western Europe, and the capital of a country that played a leading role in the formation of the European Union, the Netherlands and its capital city of Amsterdam are home to a number of organizations that have a profound impact on driving the worldwide political agenda, including the European Investment Bank, the High Commissioner’s Office for Refugees, and the International Organization for Migration.

This program is designed to give you an in-depth introduction to the key institutions and policy frameworks that, simply put, run the world! By participating in this program, you will become intimately familiar with the roles played by the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), and other global institutions and stakeholders (like the IMF and the World Bank) in shaping and steering global politics, diplomacy and governance. By studying a variety of case studies that illustrate both the inner workings of these institutions, as well as the challenges they face, you will be able to critically evaluate what the past, present, and future of global politics looks like.

Round up your experience with excursions to The Hague and Brussels where you’ll meet decision makers and get behind-the-scene tours of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC) or the EU.

You’ll quickly feel at home in Amsterdam. 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 Take-Aways

  • Education

    Get familiar with the concepts and workings of the United Nations

  • Skills

    Hone your skills of research, analysis, public speaking, and debate

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in World Government

Location & Culture

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Enjoy art, culture, and camaraderie in cozy Amsterdam

Amsterdam has 40 museums with a range of collections, from quirky to world-renowned. Along with ones focused on cheese, spectacles, handbags and cat culture, there are major destinations dedicated to Dutch masters and modern art. Around the city you will find one of the 40 parks close by wherever you go, which ‘Amsterdammers’ use for picnics, BBQ’s and overall relaxation. Also, did you know? Amsterdam has more canals than Venice and more bicycles than people. With 140 bicycle shops and 400 km of bike paths crisscrossing the city, it’s easy to rent, ride and get around.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog.

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  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members


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Sample Activities

  • Participate in a cooking workshop and learn how to make (and then eat!) one of the traditional Dutch dishes;
  • Go on a boat cruise of Amsterdam’s world-famous canal belt, which dates back to the 17th century;
  • Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city center and go canoeing in the Amsterdam Forest;
  • Spend a morning at Amsterdam’s Albert Cuyp market and taste and sample the many goods that are for sale daily at the country’s largest open-air market;
  • Go on a bike trip that will take you from the heart of the city to its rural outskirts, where you may or may not spot a few windmills!

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Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances, covid-related measures and restrictions and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

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