Spend your January in the Netherlands, learning about a country known for its progressive social policies. You’ll take a class on the Dutch public health system and use the mini-metropolis of Amsterdam as your laboratory to clarify your views on where you stand on key contemporary issues. You’ll go on guided site visits, hear from guest lecturers, compare Dutch public health to that of the United States, and come away illuminated with insight about this beautiful country.
Study abroad in Amsterdam and you will:
- Learn the innovative ways in which Dutch society approaches public health
- Live in an accessible, environmentally-conscious and multicultural European capital city
- Explore the region through program excursions
- Cruise around the city on a bike
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
Take part in field visits in and around the city of Amsterdam, and explore another Dutch city to draw similarities -- and analyze the differences -- between the capital of Amsterdam and a smaller Dutch city life during a two night overnight trip.
Explore the Dutch approach to norms and standards in today’s public health care system. The course touches 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.
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.
- 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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January 2017 (3 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
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.
All students take the required course, Public Health in the Netherlands.
About the City
About The City
Amsterdam, with world-renowned museums, art galleries, music, opera, and theater is a truly international and multicultural city. Amsterdam offers the advantages of a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. Because it 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
Judith de Lange
As the Student Services Coordinator at the office, Judith is responsible for all student services related matters like orientation, residence permits, housing and activities. Although she loves living in Amsterdam, she went abroad twice. During her bachelor study Communication Science, Judith earned 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!
As Academic Manager of the CIEE Amsterdam Study Center and Senior Program Coordinator for the Social Sciences program, Jonathan is first and foremost committed to ensuring that students who study in Amsterdam are afforded every opportunity to pursue their academic interests during their study abroad experience. From course selection to grade conversion, Jonathan is there to help students navigate the differences between American and Dutch academic culture. In his capacity as Academic Manager, Jonathan is primarily responsible for monitoring the quality and overseeing the development of CIEE Amsterdam’s roster of CIEE courses, while also maintaining and further expanding CIEE Amsterdam’s long-standing partnership with the University of Amsterdam.
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 a pivotal step on the road to becoming an Americophile when he watched his first episode of American television as a toddler, and television has since then been closely bound up with his understanding of the U.S. He combined the two during his undergraduate and graduate studies in American Studies at the University of Groningen, during which he focused principally on unpacking the changing representation of women in American television. Since 2015, Jonathan teaches CIEE Screen Cultures, in which students critically analyze the representation of gender and sexuality in modern and contemporary American television and film.
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.
As Program Coordinator at the Amsterdam Study Center, Ruth works with customized programs and coordination of the Social Sciences program. Ruth studied at the University of Amsterdam. After doing her bachelor’s degree in Musicology she pursued a master’s in Middle Eastern Studies. Her final year she spent in Beirut, Lebanon, where she interned and worked for a local NGO and where she did her thesis research on ‘The Effect of External Funding on the Objectives of Local NGO’s in Lebanon’.
Ruth is a firm believer that education and intercultural communication are key to making the world a better place.
Cato van Hees
Cato van Hees leads the Business and Culture semester program and manages the coordination, planning, and execution of all courses taught in the summer. As Operations Manager, she is responsible for the study center’s implementation of new projects and programs, while monitoring the quality of existing procedures. She also oversees the financial management in Amsterdam.
A native of the Netherlands, Cato studied at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences of Groningen, where she earned her bachelor in International Business and Management. She spent her third year of study abroad, studying Business and Economics at the Complutense University of Madrid and conducting marketing research for the international programs of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Cuernavaca.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
In Amsterdam, students study at or near the CIEE Study Center, located on the Roetersstraat on the eastern side of the city center, steps from Amsterdam’s Zoo and across the street from the University of Amsterdam.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Depending on several factors, students are placed in single rooms in residence halls or in shared rooms in a hostel (with CIEE students only) located within a short commute by foot, bike, or bus 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 the hostel, in the many local affordable restaurants, or in the University cafeteria.
At the beginning of the term, a mandatory orientation organized by CIEE introduces students to Dutch culture, the academic program, and practical information about living in the Netherlands. Ongoing support is provided on a group and individual basis throughout the program.
Internet cafés are available throughout the Netherlands, and most coffee places and cafés offer complimentary WiFi. The hostel offers wireless Internet access (while the dorms offer either wireless or wired access) and students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
The CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam was established in 1993.
Public Health in the Netherlands focuses on how the Dutch have a utilitarian and practical approach to public policy which has resulted in a unique yet successful health care system.
The course features 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 on one of the themes discussed in the course.
Nature of Classes
Classes are with CIEE students only.
Grades are based on a combination of class participation, oral presentations, and papers. Grades are based on a numerical scale of 1 to 10, rather than on letters.
Language of Instruction
Qualified lecturers from the Netherlands teach the CIEE course.
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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PUBH 3001 NETU
Public Health in the Netherlands
The Netherlands, as many other Western countries, 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, 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. 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.