Spend this summer exploring issues of health care from the British and Dutch perspectives. You begin your study abroad experience in London, to research the challenges facing global approaches towards healthcare, including such examples as the British National Health Service, the ‘free at the point of access’ health service which operates the vast majority of the country’s hospitals. Next, you’ll travel to Amsterdam, interrogating culturally sensitive issues like euthanasia, and global issues like elder care, which help you develop insight into the Dutch approach.
Embrace the amazing opportunity to examine the policies and practices of two countries facing similar public health challenges to the rest of the Western world, but taking markedly different approaches to addressing them.
Study abroad in London and Amsterdam and you will:
- Enjoy a series of guest lectures and site visits that bring you into contact and conversation with professionals in the field
- Develop leadership on matters critical to health
- Evaluate the political discourses surrounding the provision of ‘free’ healthcare
- Develop ethical and evidence-based policy opinions by looking at public health through various societal lenses
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
What are the challenges facing the British National Health Service after voting to leave the European Union as it provides medical care to all citizens? Have the Dutch found an ethical way to handle euthanasia? Find out the answers and develop a foundation for leading future change on issues of public health with CIEE in London and Amsterdam. You’ll take classes, visit public health institutions and educational centres, and see the sites – all with the goal of studying two of the leading public health care systems in the world.
You’ll also have the chance to learn outside the classroom, by visiting important sites related to the history of your host countries and their current public health systems during numerous excursions. In London, you’ll engage with health care professionals and researchers, visit sites that demonstrate where community cultural dynamics impact the delivery of public healthcare, and evaluate global trends and agendas in public health. In Amsterdam, engaging guest speakers will present on topics such as the health effects of drugs and alcohol, euthanasia, and home birth. You’ll tour the city’s public health services, visit a home for the elderly, and take part in an overnight trip to a different Dutch city, where you might visit a local hospital.
In London you will have the opportunity to attend a multitude of extra-curricular activities:
- One day trip to Oxford or Cambridge, ‘the city of dreaming spires’ exploring the beautiful old cities and parts of the world-famous Universities.
- A visit to the famous Tower of London, the bastion located in the heart of the City of London
- Explore London’s central sites in the City of Westminster, taking in vistas such as Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, St James’ Park, Westminster Abbey, ‘Big Ben’ and the Palace of Westminster
- During your stay in London, you’ll also go on an overnight trip to a location such as Wales, the north of England, Northern Ireland, Ireland, or Scotland, and take a day trips throughout the city.
- Browse through the many burgeoning urban markets, popular in London’s trendy districts such as Camden, Borough, and Shoreditch
- Experience authentic Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames.
In Amsterdam, during your summer course you will have the opportunity to attend extracurricular activities:
- One daytrip will be offered during the orientation period in which you will venture out into the countryside and might be visiting an old medieval castle, a small authentic fisherman’s town or small Dutch city with great history.
- Furthermore an overnight trip will be offered to another region in the Netherlands, offering you the chance to draw similarities - and analyze the differences - between the capital of Amsterdam and a smaller Dutch city and/or countryside. Cities could include Rotterdam and explore Europe’s largest harbor, Maastricht and stroll through the old medical streets or Dordrecht, an old trade city with a nearby nature reserve. Each overnight trip will also contain an activity closely related to your subject matter.
- During the course other activities will be organized throughout the week; each course will offer a welcome and farewell dinner, and extra activities might include a bike tour through Amsterdam’s countryside, an outside movie night at a popular Amsterdam city beach, a visit to a concert, theatre play, fleemarket, or special exhibition in one of Amsterdam numerous museums.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
Program fees include:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer Session II and III 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Credit for the program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Course contact hours are 45 hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session.
Study abroad students take one course each session: Contemporary Challenges in Global Health, followed by Public Health in the Netherlands.
About the City
About The City
Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with over 250 languages spoken in the UK capital. Being one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, London sits at the cutting edge of the creative arts scene providing access to music, fashion, museums (most of which are free) comedy, and theater. For those who want a break in the pace of London life, there is an abundance of open green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city.
One hundred sixty-five canals give Amsterdam its unique charm. The Dutch capital is home to the stock exchange, central bank, numerous Dutch and international companies, and fabulous museums housing original works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Amsterdam is full of life, day and night, with world-renowned museums, art galleries, music clubs and theaters. It is a truly international and multicultural city; with 180 different nationalities represented, Amsterdam boasts one of the most diverse populations in the world. Amsterdammers are easy-going and welcoming to foreigners, and English is the unofficial second language. With over 830,000 inhabitants, Amsterdam offers the advantages of a cosmopolitan center with a small-town feel. Because the city is so compact, bicycles are the most convenient means of transportation; in fact, bicycles outnumber the people in Amsterdam!
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Felicity Inns was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and majored in Environmental Science and Anthropology, obtaining her Masters in Anthropology in the area of international education from the University of Cape Town. Her studies increased her passion for intercultural communication and education. Felicity worked in the CIEE Cape Town Study Centre from 2003 until 2014 when she and her family moved to the United Kingdom and joined CIEE London in March 2015.
As the Resident Director, Renée is responsible for the overall management and development within the CIEE Amsterdam Study Center.
Renée earned a bachelor degree in Communications and international master’s degree in Sociology (with a special focus on migration and ethnic studies). During her studies she spent a semester at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada and wrote her bachelor thesis during an internship in Cape Town, South Africa.
Although she calls Amsterdam her home, she loves being in an international environment, learning new things, and meeting people from all around the world. She truly believes it’s a fascinating process how study abroad changes students in such positive ways.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
In London, students study at the CIEE Global Institute – London, located in Bloomsbury, Central London, just minutes walking distance from the British Library and British Museum. The neighborhood is home to University College London, University of London, and SOAS, making it a wonderfully dynamic and very student friendly area.
In Amsterdam, students study at or nearby the CIEE Study Center, located on the Roetersstraat on the eastern side of the city center, steps from Amsterdam’s Zoo and adjacent to the University of Amsterdam.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
In London, students will reside in central London. Accommodation is ideally located within distance short commute by foot, bike, bus, or train of the CIEE Global Institute, the British Museum, and the British Library. Students make their own meals in kitchenettes. Common living areas in the residence allow students to interact frequently with each other and other international students.
In Amsterdam, students are placed in single rooms in several residence halls with shared shower and kitchen facilities (and in some cases private shower and kitchen facilities). Residence halls are within a short commute by foot, bike, or tram/metro to the CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at local affordable restaurants, in the University cafeteria, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities. Students are required to pay a one-time deposit of 100 euros upon signing their housing contract; this deposit will be returned at the end of the program if the room is in good state.
Towards the end of the program, students will spend the final nights of the program in a hostel near the CIEE Study Center.
In London: upon arrival there is a mandatory orientation organized by CIEE staff to introduce students to British cultures and sample some of the nuances of what will be experienced during your time in London. Students will be given practical information about living in London and the United Kingdom and how to access the ongoing support offered by staff to ensure a successful academic and social experience.
In Amsterdam at the beginning of each session, a mandatory orientation organized by CIEE staff is held to introduce students to Dutch culture and to the academic program, as well as to provide practical information about living in the Netherlands. Ongoing support is provided on a group and individual basis throughout the program.
In London, the residence halls and Global Institute are equipped with wireless internet access.
Internet cafés are available throughout the Netherlands, and most coffee places and cafés in Amsterdam offer complimentary WiFi. All residence halls have wired Internet (for which you need a cable). In some cases there is wireless internet (for which you sometimes might need to buy a router).
All sessions include a combination of lectures, active participation, guest speakers, and guided site visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the course and are asked to give a presentation of their findings. Students are evaluated based on active participation, a presentation, and either an exam or paper (depending on the course) on one of the themes discussed in the course. The European educational system allows students a high level of individual responsibility and initiative, and developing an independent and critical way of thinking is strongly encouraged.
Nature of Classes
Classes are with CIEE study abroad participants only.
In London, students' grades consist of participation, assignments which include papers, a presentation and small written assignments. All assignments are given a percentage grade and the final grade is converted to a letter-grade.
In Amsterdam, the credit system is based on a student’s overall workload, including lectures, seminars, and independent study. In general, grades are based on a combination of class participation, oral presentations, papers, and/ or written or oral examinations. Unlike in the U.S., grades are based on a numerical scale of one to 10, rather than letters.
Language of Instruction
Qualified lecturers from the UK and The Netherlands teach the CIEE courses.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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(GI) PUBH 3006 LNEN/INRE 3008 LNEN
CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN GLOBAL HEALTH
Students will learn about the economic, cultural, ethical, and structural challenges faced by health care systems today. The course will explore different approaches to health care system organization and financing, strategies for using limited resources, and challenges to providing universal access to health care. Students will address specific approaches to these challenges, with a comparative focus on the United Kingdom, the U.S., and other European countries. To supplement classroom learning students will visit active NGOs based in London, including Action on Disability and Development and the Royal Society for Public Health.
SESSION III— AMSTERDAM
PUBH 3001 NETU
Public Health in the Netherlands
The Netherlands, like many Western countries, is facing today’s challenges of rising health care costs, an ageing population and growing staffing shortages. In this course study abroad students will develop a better understanding of the Dutch approach to norms and standards in today’s public health care system. The course will touch upon culturally sensitive issues such as euthanasia, public insurance, and home birth, as well as global issues such as elderly care, children’s health, and ICT technologies in health care. Through a series of thematic lectures, including guest lecturers from professionals in the field, and guided site visits, students are able to place these challenges in a specific context, critically analyzing and comparing them to the UK and the US. The course aims to motivate students to develop leadership on matters critical to health and to form ethical and evidence-based policy opinions by looking at public health care through a Dutch lens.