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Program Overview

Program Overview

There may be no better place to study the complexity of global business than in the financial heart of the Netherlands: Amsterdam. Home to large corporations and small local businesses, this dynamic city offers many case studies and examples of solid business and economic practices. Examine theories and tools used by academics and professionals to address today’s pressing economic questions. Explore historical and modern sites of business in action, and speak with local experts. It’s all waiting.

Study abroad in Amsterdam and you’ll:

  • Gain an insider’s perspective on how business is done in the Netherlands and the European Union by visiting Dutch and international companies
  • Take a wide range of high-quality courses in the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam
  • Study Beginning Dutch and integrate into the Dutch and international student community through the International Student Network, interest groups, and community engagement
  • Live in an accessible, multicultural European capital city, explore the region through program excursions, and cruise around the city on your bike
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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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-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.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Get to know Amsterdam and the Netherlands outside of the canal belt during an engaging class on Dutch business culture. You’ll learn more about the Dutch economy, political system, and business values than what meets the eye, leading to a deeper understanding of Dutch business practices today. Guest speakers and site visits make this a dynamic and interactive class.

Plus, you’ll take advantage of extensive course offerings and local economics and business faculty at the University of Amsterdam. Subjects include corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship and innovation, organizational economics, e-business, information management, marketing, and cultural industries.

Excursions and Company Visits

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Visit corporations like KLM, Philips Electronics, Albert Heijn, or VanMoof, and explore Dutch production at a cheese or flower farm. You also might have a chance to visit another historic Dutch city, the UNESCO World Heritage site at Schiermonnikoog Island, or another Low Country city such as Rotterdam, Maastricht, Luxembourg, or Brussels. Students have enjoyed seeing Delta Works, a wonder of engineering that protects the countryside from the sea. And every two or three weeks, you can sign up for a special interest group to give you more insights to Amsterdam, its community, and daily life. You might see a ballet or go to a soccer match.

Cultural Activities and Excursions

During your semester abroad CIEE Amsterdam will organizeyou will have the chance to participate in several activities and excursions to expand your study abroad experience within the Netherlands beyond the city of Amsterdam. Each semester includes an overnight trip in which we venture off the beaten path: during the Ffall semester, we usually explore another city in the Netherlands, while in the Sspring semester we trade in our urban setting for Schiermonnikoog, an island and nature preserve off the coast of the Netherlands. Students will also have the opportunity to join two daytrips; thefor example, you might first will focus on the historical development and distinct character of another Dutch city that is not Amsterdam, whereas the second will allow students toor learn more about a typical “Dutch” product or invention (for example, the Dutch model for sustainable farming, or the ingenious system of storm surge barriers known as the Delta Project). We do not leave out Amsterdam, though: Further activities in and around Amsterdam capitalizeing on itsthe city’s status as the cultural heart of the Netherlands, CIEE will invite students to: attend a performance of the latest play, ballet or musical at one of Amsterdam’s many historic theaters and concert halls.
As part of the Business & Culture program special visits will be organized to Dutch corporations or you will exploreas well as more traditional manufacturers, such as for example Dutch production at a cheese ofr flower farms for example.

Community Engagement

At CIEE, we believe strongly in the added value of having our students give back to the local community, which is why we provide our students with a number of community engagement projects and/or opportunities throughout the semester:

  • CIEE Teach: Students can teach English to children in local Amsterdam primary and middle schools on a weekly basis
  • CIEE GoLocal: Students can sign up for a weekend homestay experience, which gives them the chance to experience Dutch family life from up close
  • CIEE Multiculti: Students can join a community engagement project that focuses on the multicultural makeup of the city of Amsterdam

Interest Groups

CIEE Amsterdam’s Interest Groups are designed to allow our students to dig deep into one aspect of Amsterdam by joining any of the six activities each Interest Group organizes throughout the semester. Our roster of CIEE Amsterdam Interest Groups includes:

  • CIEE Active: from canoeing down the Amstel river to an intense hockey clinic or a serene yoga lesson, CIEE Active will get you moving in or around Amsterdam
  • CIEE Foodies: chew your way through the culinary history of the Netherlands, try your hand at preparing some of the staples of (and newest additions to) to Dutch cuisine, and learn more about the ever-evolving food scene in Amsterdam
  • CIEE Book Club: envisioned as a hybrid of a book club, a debate club and a moving town hall meeting, CIEE Book Club will allow politically or socially engaged students to exchange (informed) thoughts on headline issues that will be explored from a variety of angles.
  • CIEE Queer: Amsterdam is known as one of the gay capitals of the world, a claim students will have the chance to evaluate by exploring the many facets of gay life and the LGBTQ community in Amsterdam
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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.

The program fee includes:

  • 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 button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (18 wks)
04/15/2016
08/22/2016
12/24/2016
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,182
Housing ***
$5,250
Insurance
$118

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.

* 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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,750
Other ***
$359

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.

* 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

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Spring 2017 (18 wks)
11/01/2016
01/30/2017
06/03/2017
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,133
Housing ***
$5,250
Insurance
$167

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.

* 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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,750
Other ***
$359

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.

* 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

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Fall 2017 (18 wks)
04/15/2017
08/21/2017
12/23/2017
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,133
Housing ***
$5,250
Insurance
$167

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.

* 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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,750
Other ***
$359

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.

* 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

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Academic year 2016-2017 (41 wks)
04/15/2016
08/22/2016
06/03/2017
$37,700

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$26,782
Housing ***
$10,500
Insurance
$118

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.

* 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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$5,200
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$900
Personal expenses
$5,500
Other ***
$359
Expenses during break ****
$1,500

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.

* 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

**** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Junior status by the program start date
  • For Business courses students must have completed at least 3 business courses (e.g. marketing, (HR) management, entrepreneurship), plus one course in mathematics and one course in statistics.
  • For Economics courses students must have completed intermediate (upper division) courses in macroeconomics and microeconomics plus at least one course in mathematics and one course in statistics.
  • For Accounting, finance and econometrics courses students must have completed the required courses for Economics courses (mentioned above), plus two background courses in the respective subject.
  • Meeting the minimum requirement is not a guarantee of admission; final acceptance to the BC program is subject to review by University of Amsterdam faculty who will look at transcripts and make an evaluation based on performance in related courses already taken.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.

Most University of Amsterdam courses are 45 contact hours with recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours but may range from 2–4 semester/3–6 quarter hours and 30–60 contact hours per class.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The University of Amsterdam uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to assign value to courses. Study abroad students take either three courses (worth 6 ECTS, or 3 U.S. credits) in block 1 and 2 courses (worth 6 ECTS, or 3 U.S. credits) in block 2, totaling 30 ECTS (15 U.S. credits) credits, or the reverse, taking 3 courses in block 1 and 2 courses in block 2. All students are required to choose from the CIEE courses Dutch Business Culture, Intercultural Communication and Leadership in Amsterdam, Beginning Dutch, Contemporary Dutch Social Policy, Dutch Public Health or Screen Cultures. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that all students have a minimum of academic content specific to the Netherlands.

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About the City

About 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 cultural organizations, 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!

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Bonny Wassing

Instructor Beginning Dutch & Contemporary Dutch Social Policy

Bonny has been teaching Beginning Dutch and Culture and Dutch Contemporary Social Policy for CIEE since 2006. As a native speaker of Dutch, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Bonny studied Dutch Language and Literature and Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies, he spent a semester at Columbia University in New York, studying Linguistics and back at the University of Amsterdam he started as a student-assistant. After his studies he left for Romania where he lectured Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Bucharest for two years. Back in the Netherlands, he taught Dutch Language and Culture at different institutes. In 2013 and 2014 he was lector of Dutch language Yale University.

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“It’s wonderful to see how students pick up the language and how quickly they are able to say basic sentences. What I love about teaching Dutch culture is to break the stereotypes of the Dutch – though some might be (partly) true. I love to discuss in class the norms and values of the Dutch in comparison with the US American ones, so they have a better understanding of Dutch society as a whole.”

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Judith de Lange

Student Services Coordinator

As the Student Services Coordinator at the office, Judith is responsible for all student services related matters like orientation, housing and activities. Although she loves living in Amsterdam, she went abroad twice. During her bachelor study Communication Science, Judith did a minor in Politics in Berlin. After graduating back in Amsterdam, she went to Antwerp (Belgium) for her master Political Communication. Besides being an exchange student herself, Judith was also active in AEGEE, which is a European-minded student organization. There, she organized exchanges for fellow European students and obtained her organizing skills. Aside from going abroad to study, Judith is also a fanatic traveler. She went to the USA twice and dived into the American nature and culture. She loves to discuss this experience and dream about new travels!

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Jonathan Key

Academic Manager

As the program coordinator for the Social Sciences program, Jonathan is committed to ensuring that students who enroll in this program are afforded every opportunity to pursue their academic interests during their study abroad in the Netherlands. From course selection to grade conversion, Jonathan is there to help students navigate the landscape and academic ethos of Dutch higher education. Jonathan came to this position after serving as the resident coordinator of CIEE's Study Center in Groningen, where he ran the Urban Planning and Society semester and summer programs.

Born and raised in Belgium, Jonathan has been fascinated with the United States for as long as he can remember, and after being an exchange student in Oregon for a year after high school, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life in the orbit of the U.S. Without knowing it at the time, he took his first step on the road to becoming an Americophile when he watched his first episode of American TV as a toddler, and television has since then been closely bound up with his understanding of the U.S. He married the two during his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Groningen, graduating with a BA and MA degree in American Studies in which he focused principally on unpacking the changing representation of women on the small screen.

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Renee Spruit

Resident Director

Renée grew up in a small town in northern Netherlands, and moved to Amsterdam to attend university. While doing a bachelor’s in communications she went abroad twice; one semester at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and one semester doing an internship in the tourism industry in Cape Town, South Africa. She loved to be in an international environment, learn new things, and meet new people. When she got back to the Netherlands she went on to earn an international master’s degree in sociology (with a special focus on migration and ethnic studies) at the University of Amsterdam.

Renée loves working with international students; seeing the excitement on arrival day and the comfort upon departure; She truly believes it’s a fascinating process how one makes a place his or her new home.

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Annabel Thomas

Instructor Intercultural Communication and Leadership in Amsterdam

Annabel received her Bachelor of Economics from the INHOLLAND University in Haarlem and her Masters degree in Eastern European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. In her student years she has worked with different European Institutions and representatives from all European countries through the Erasmus Student Network. Annabel has worked for CIEE several years in the role of activities and projects coordinator at the Amsterdam Study Center, organizing trips, volunteering projects and learning experiences for CIEE students studying in Amsterdam. At the moment she teaches the CIEE Dutch Culture seminar in Amsterdam (which will be replaced by the Intercultural Communication and Leadership in Amsterdam course from fall 2015 onwards) and runs a booking agency for musicians and artists. Annabel: “I love to ask students questions about culture and to see them come back to class with new observations every week. Through working with US Americans I learn more about Dutch Culture every day.”

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Cato van Hees

Operations Manager

Cato studied international business and management at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, which provided Cato with a thorough understanding of economic and business studies and international exchange. During her own experience abroad, Cato studied economics and business at the Complutense University of Madrid and completed an internship at the International Office of the Monterrey Institute for Technology and Higher Education in México.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) dates back to Amsterdam’s heyday in the 17th century when the city was one of the world’s most important ports and trading centers. The Athenaeum Illustre, which later became the University of Amsterdam, was founded in 1632. The university is spread out over various parts of the city center and is situated both in old buildings and in modern high rises. UvA has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students and a strong commitment to international education, which is reflected in its international student body and curriculum.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Housing is included in the program fee, and there are several housing options. The best way to experience Dutch culture up close is through a homestay. Students have a furnished private room and share a kitchen, bathroom, and living area with the host family, and receive daily breakfast and lunch plus one other meal per week with the family. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Homestays can range from families with children to one-person households, and are all located within the ring of Amsterdam.

Students can also opt to live in a single room in an international student residence hall:

University of Amsterdam residence halls are located in several buildings throughout the city, all within a reasonable commute by foot, bike or bus to the classes. Students typically have a single room but shared shower and kitchen facilities where students can prepare meals. All locations have RAs who provide support in the case of minor housing issues and organize activities throughout the semester. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student.

Additional residence hall accommodation is available at the Student Hotel Amsterdam West, a newer building offering more comfort that the UvA dorms. All rooms are singles and feature en-suite bathrooms. The Student Hotel West is located outside of the city center, about a 20-minute commute from Central Amsterdam, and offers several extras including free bike, wireless internet, on-site bar, study facilities, and a gym. Meals are not included in the program fee; students can prepare meals in the shared kitchens, or take out a meal plan at the in-house restaurant.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Amsterdam even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. On-site CIEE staff meet with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

Each semester begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE in Amsterdam. It includes a welcome dinner, an academic orientation, an introduction to Amsterdam and Dutch society and culture, a "survival" Dutch lesson, and excursions in and around Amsterdam. During the orientation, students have the chance to meet each other and learn more about Amsterdam, CIEE, and the University of Amsterdam. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

University Life

CIEE works closely with the University of Amsterdam’s International Student Network (ISN) during orientation and throughout the semester to ensure that students are well integrated into the international student body, working as much as possible against creating an American enclave. You'll be matched with an ISN coach and student group at the beginning of the semester. Weekly gatherings are held throughout the semester as well as various cultural events and excursions.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet is available at the CIEE Study Center and in all University of Amsterdam (UvA) buildings. You'll also have access to the UvA computer labs spread across the city for class-related activities, and receive a personal email account upon arrival, free of charge. All housing options 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).

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Culture

Culture

The Study Center in Amsterdam aims to provide an insider’s perspective of the Netherlands by organizing various activities. If students want to immerse themselves in Dutch culture, they can stay at a Dutch homestay during the semester or just for a weekend.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Business and Culture study abroad program is designed for students who are majoring or minoring in business or economics and considering a career in the business world, or who plan to explore graduate studies in business or pursue an M.B.A. Students can take courses from the areas of business studies, economics, or economics and finance, either pursuing courses in one of these tracks or choosing courses from multiple areas. Of the 300 students in the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) Bachelor’s program, approximately 75 percent of students are international and 25 percent are Dutch. The program is fully taught in English, giving CIEE students the opportunity to interact with Dutch and other international students on issues relating to business and economics.

Academic Culture

Classes at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) will take place over the course of one eight-week block period. All courses are 6 ECTS (3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours U.S.). Average class size at the FEB is approximately 75 students in the lectures and 40 in the tutorials.

The University of Amsterdam operates on a semester calendar, with each semester consisting of two consecutive eight-week class and one consecutive four-week periods. The university’s fall semester runs from the end of August to the end of December, and the spring semester runs from the beginning of February to the end of June. CIEE students are only enrolled in courses that run during the first two consecutive eight-week class blocks, meaning that you can finish your semester before Christmas (first semester), and at the end of May (second semester).

Students from the U.S. may notice a substantial difference between the educational style employed in their own countries and that used in the European system.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. This academic environment will be part of the challenge for visiting students at the UvA.

The CIEE Study Center office is located on the Roetersstraat directly across from the Faculty of Business and Economics academic buildings.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are with other CIEE study abroad participants only. University of Amsterdam classes are open to both Dutch and international students, although in many classes the majority is international.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

CIEE offers a Beginning Dutch course in which students can learn the basics of Dutch language. If a student already has a background in Dutch, he or she can choose to take a language class at the Dutch Language Institute of the University of Amsterdam (INTT). See below for more information.

Grading System

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 United States, grades are based on a numerical scale of one to 10, rather than letters. All CIEE participants receive a University of Amsterdam transcript listing course titles, final grades, and credits earned, as well as the CIEE Academic Record, which converts the grades to a U.S. grading scale.

Language of Instruction

Dutch (Dutch language class)
English

Faculty

CIEE faculty are highly qualified academics and practictioners. The university courses are taught by University of Amsterdam faculty.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All 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

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Courses

BUSI 3001 AMBC

Dutch Business Culture
Through the Dutch Business Culture course, students have the opportunity to learn more about the Dutch economy, political system, and business values than what meets the eye, leading to a deeper understanding of Dutch business practices today and in the past. The lectures are divided into several cultural themes that are characteristic for contemporary Dutch business. Each theme covers approximately two weeks and will be introduced by a lecturer. After an introduction class, the other classes will be a combination of company visits, meetings with experts in the field, lectures, group discussions and exercises to have the students fully immersed in the topic and to get an insider’s perspective. Themes include: the beginnings of Dutch trade, the Amsterdam stock exchange, the economic structure of the Netherlands in the 21st century, the Dutch political system and Dutch norms and work values. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

NLST 3002 NETH

Contemporary Dutch Social Policy
The Dutch Contemporary Social Policy class analyzes specific themes within Dutch Society dealing with social policy issues and practice. The themes covered are: Drugs, Prostitution, Gender and Sexuality, Migration, Housing Euthanasia and Abortion. These specific themes have been chosen to reflect the distinctive social policies for which the Netherlands is known for. The underlying theme throughout the course is the issue of social tolerance. In a society like that of the Netherlands, for example, social policies on drugs and prostitution can be more liberal and open. The key question is whether these policies are successful and what tensions exist between theory and practice. The background, history, and development for these policies will be analyzed. The course thus moves from the micro level i.e., the actual social issue on hand, to the macro level, where the interrelatedness of the issues is studied. The combination of lectures and guided site visits of organizations related to the themes of the course will allow students to study how social policy plays out in practice. Students will develop a sociological and anthropological perspective of their surroundings and develop greater social consciousness. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

COMM 3301 NETH

Intercultural Communication and Leadership in Amsterdam
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Amsterdam as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

DUTC 1003 NETH

Beginning Dutch
Students with no background can participate in the CIEE Beginning Dutch course. During this course, students learn the basics of the Dutch language in an interactive classroom and where Dutch language will be learned in the context of contemporary issues and events in Dutch society. Students with a prior background in Dutch language can participate in the appropriate level at the language institute of the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Dutch Language Education (Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs, known as INTT). While Dutch is not required, it is strongly recommended, particularly for academic year students and students in homestays. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

PUBH 3001 NETH

Dutch Public Health
The Netherlands is facing today’s challenges of rising health care costs, an aging population and growing staffing shortages. In this course 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 and children’s health. Through a series of thematic lectures, including guest lectures 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 other countries. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

VIST 3001 NETH

Screen Cultures
Beginning from the premise that we live mediated lives, and that the visual media texts we consume on a daily basis shape our understanding of the world around us, CIEE Screen Cultures will explore the ways in which media at large – and film and television, in particular – produce meaning, articulate ideology and identity, and both reflect and effect cultural change. After a brief critical introduction to the historical development of film and television, as well as an overview of the major theoretical approaches that inform the study of popular culture, this course will home in on the representation of gender and sexuality across a wide range of film and television texts, hailing from the post-World War II period up to the present. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to illustrate how media theory and media text exist in a dialogical relationship, paving the way for us to come to a renewed understanding of the complex dynamics that shape the changing representations of women and men on and off the screen. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

University of Amsterdam Courses

Fall Semester

Business Studies
Corporate Social Responsibility
Cultural Industries
Human Resource Management
Information Management
Marketing
Retail Marketing
Strategic Management
Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Economics
Economics of Markets and Organizations
Industrial Organization
International Trade and Investment
Public Economics
Organizational Economics

Finance
Advanced Corporate Finance
Finance
Money and Banking

Spring Semester (Subject to change)

Business Studies
E-Business
Marketing Management
Organizational Psychology
Strategy and Organization

Economics
Behavioral Economics
Development Economics
International Money
Labor Economics
Macroeconomics
Mathematical Economics
Microeconomics
Post-Keynesian Macroeconomics
Regulation, Regulatory Impact, and Reform
Transition Economics

Economics and Finance
Advanced Corporate Finance
Econometrics and Research Skills
Industrial Organization
Intermediate Financial Accounting
International Money
International Trade and Investment
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Organizational Economics
Regulation, Regulatory Impact, and Reform
Transition Economics
Political economy: Dialectical Methodology

Finance
Investment and Portfolio Theory 1
Investment and Portfolio Theory 2

Econometrics
Mathematical Economics
Operations and Process Management

Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Management Accounting, Intermediate
Management Accounting, Advanced

University of Amsterdam Institute for Dutch Language Education (Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs, or INTT)

DUTCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE COURSES

Beginners

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.

Pre-Intermediate

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.

Intermediate

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.

Pre-Advanced

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.

Advanced

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.

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