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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come spend a semester or year gaining fascinating insight into Amsterdam, one of the world’s most beautiful, dynamic, and progressive cities, on CIEE’s Social Sciences program. Your goal: examine the social, political, and cultural realities of life in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Europe. A challenging social sciences curriculum, exciting volunteering activities, fun special interest groups, and a homestay with a local family all ensure a truly unique international experience.

Study abroad in Amsterdam and you'll:

  • Gain an insider’s perspective on Amsterdam and the Netherlands through CIEE course field trips and unique site visits
  • Take a wide range of courses in the social sciences and humanities
  • Study Dutch language, and explore and engage with the community through the International Student Network, interest groups, weekend homestays, and community engagement opportunities
  • Live in the accessible, lively, and multicultural city of Amsterdam and get 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

Learn more about the Netherlands by taking one of the CIEE classes: Intercultural Communication and Leadership in Amsterdam, Contemporary Dutch Social Policy, Dutch Public Health, Beginning Dutch, Dutch Business Culture or Screen Cultures. Study a wide range of subjects at the University of Amsterdam, in such fields as political science and international relations, gender, sexuality, and society; development and social geography; media, communications and film, and more.

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 Explore: 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 the activities that each group organizes around a related theme. The various Interest Groups organize six activities throughout the semester and are open to all students. Groups and themes can change, and are tailored to the interest of the group. There are currently four Interest Groups:

  • CIEE Multiculti: Discovering different cultures within Amsterdam (e.g. Moroccan dinner, meditation workshop or a Jewish tour)
  • CIEE Active: All kinds of sports activities that can be practiced in (or a little bit outside of) Amsterdam. For example: squash, standup paddling, hot yoga and biking.
  • CIEE Queer: Exploring gay life and the LGBTQ community in Amsterdam (e.g. Gay Walking tour or Drag Queen Bingo)
  • CIEE Book Club: Reading and discussing 4 books throughout the semester and several related activities. All books are in English and provide a mix of Dutch and U.S. culture. The books are provided by CIEE.

Internships

CIEE Amsterdam does not offer internships (yet). But students can participate in community engagement projects, which include teaching English weekly to children in a local primary school, spending a weekend with a Dutch family, and joining a community engagement project that focuses on the multicultural makeup of the city of 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)
04/01/2016
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)
04/01/2017
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)
04/01/2016
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 year status required by the program start date
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

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

Most University of Amsterdam courses are 45 contact hours for 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter hours but may range from 2–4 U.S. semester/3–6 quarter hours and 30–60 contact hours per class. CIEE courses are 45 contacts hours for 3 U.S. credits.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students typically take either three courses (two worth 12 ECTS / 6 U.S. credits plus one worth 6 ECTS / 3 U.S. credits) or four courses (three worth 6 ECTS / 3 U.S. credits plus one worth 12 ECTS / 6 U.S. credits) totaling 30 ECTS (15 U.S. redits) chosen from the UvA and CIEE course offerings. Students can choose to take up to two CIEE elective courses in addition to UvA courses

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About the City

About The City

One hundred sixty-five canals give Amsterdam its unique charm. The Dutch capital 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!

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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, 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!

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Jonathan Key

Academic Manager

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.

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Renée Spruit

Resident Director

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.

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Ruth Sudholter

Program Coordinator

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.

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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 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.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam 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 of Amsterdam is located in buildings throughout central Amsterdam, with a main campus east of the city center. UvA has an enrollment of more than 30,000 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

Housing is included in the program fee, and there are several housing options. Bedding is provided with all 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:

  • De Key residence halls are located in several buildings throughout the city, all within a reasonable commute by foot, bike or bus to the classes. Students have a single room with usually 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. Some buildings have wireless internet, other locations provide wired internet which require a router and internet cable (that CIEE will provide for you). Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Note: students staying at de Key are required to pay a €100 security deposit fee that they receive back at the end of the program, when the room is left in proper state.
  • Additional residence hall accommodation is available at the Student Hotel Amsterdam West, a newer building offering more comfort than the de Key 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 a 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 share 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 organized by CIEE in Amsterdam. It includes a welcome dinner, academic orientation, info on health and safety and other practical matters, and an introduction to Amsterdam and Dutch society and culture. The mandatory orientation daytrip takes students on an excursion outside 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 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. 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 students also receive a personal email account upon arrival, free of charge. Most housing options have wireless Internet. In some cases, there is wired Internet (for which you might need a router and an internet cord, that CIEE provides).

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    Culture

    Culture

    Cultural Activities and Excursions

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    During your semester abroad with CIEE Amsterdam you will have the chance to participate in several activities and excursions to expand your study abroad experience beyond the city of Amsterdam. Each semester includes an overnight trip in which we venture off the beaten path: during the fall semester, we usually explore another city in the Netherlands, while in the spring 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; for example, you might focus on the historical development and distinct character of another Dutch city, whereas the second will allow students to learn more about a typical “Dutch” product or invention (for example architecture in the Netherlands, the Dutch model for sustainable farming, or the Delta Works). We do not leave out Amsterdam, though. Since Amsterdam is considered the cultural heart of the Netherlands, CIEE will invite students to a soccer match, a theatre play and/or dance performance at one of Amsterdam’s many historic theaters and concert halls.

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    Academics

    Academics

    The Social Sciences study abroad program at the University of Amsterdam was established in 1993. The CIEE program falls under the College of Social Sciences (CSS), which offers bachelor’s level programs in English. CIEE students can choose between a large number of social science courses, in addition to a limited number of humanities courses.

    Academic Culture

    Most classes offered at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are small in size, consisting of 30 students or less. Most meet twice a week (once for a two-hour lecture and once for a two-hour seminar or discussion-based work group).

    Classes comprised of so many different nationalities offer a wide range of perspectives. This diversity enables students to analyze and discuss issues from multiple viewpoints. Enrolling in classes offered by CIEE Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam not only helps students develop a better understanding of the principal social, political and cultural issues in Europe (from an international/comparative perspective), but also enhances their ability to communicate with people from other countries, which is crucially important in light of today’s globalization and increasingly international work environments.

    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 on the eastern side of the city centre, within close proximity to the UvA academic buildings.

    Nature of Classes

    CIEE classes are designed for CIEE study abroad participants only. UvA classes are open both to Dutch and to 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 the Dutch language. If a student already has a background in the language, he or she can choose to take a language class at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Dutch Language Education (Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs en Taaladvies or 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 U.S., 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 practitioners. 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

    NLST 3002 NETH

    Contemporary Dutch Social Policy
    Contemporary Dutch Social Policy 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. Credits: 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. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

    BUSI 3004 AMNT

    Business and Sustainability in the Netherlands
    This course begins with the exploration of the Dutch culture of tolerance, both from a historical, an ethical and a business-centered point of view. The second part focuses specifically on the efficiency and effectiveness of Dutch business culture, in which questions of sustainability and the development of sustainable business practices will be of specific importance. The third section hones in on what a business is and which role it plays in Dutch society. The latter part of the course provides concrete examples of Dutch business culture(s) today and challenges the student to create her or his own Dutch business. The sequence of the themes illustrates how the various parts relate to each other and how they determine(d) contemporary Dutch business and society. These themes include: Dutch trade and tolerance, labor migration and integration, Dutch norms and work values, corporate responsibility, creating new business models, and starting a new business in the Netherlands. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 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. Credits: 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. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

    VIST 3001 NETH

    Screen Cultures
    Beginning with 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. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

    University of Amsterdam Courses

    The following list of courses constitutes a representative sample of course offerings through the University of Amsterdam, and is subject to change. In some cases, prior background knowledge or permission of the instructor may be required to enroll in a class.

    Ethnicity, Migration and Nationalism
    Anthropology of Africa and the Black Atlantic
    Anthropology of East Asia
    Anthropology of Modern Asia
    Ethnicity and Education
    Perceptions of Asia
    Urban Struggle

    Society, Culture and Modernity
    A Political Geography of the European Union
    Anthropology of Biomedicine and Global Health
    Anthropology of Conflict and Violence
    China
    Global Health, Care & Society
    Innovation, politics and global transformation in the early 21st century
    Mindfulness
    Moving Manhood
    On Guilt and Shame - Eichmann's Heritage
    Religion and Politics in the USA
    Seminar on Law & Legal Practice in an International & Comparative Perspective
    Youth Cultures in a Transnational Context
    Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity
    Anthropology of Food
    Media, Movement, and Marriage: Religion in the 21st Century
    Philosophy of Childrearing and Education
    Pleasure, Power and Gender in Sport
    Political Subjectivity, Citizenship and Belonging
    Race and Physical Anthropology
    Seminar on Law & Legal Practice in an International & Comparative Perspective
    Social Stratification, Life courses and Gender
    The meaning of having children in cultural perspectives
    Youth Cultures in a Transnational Context

    Urban Studies
    Cities in Time and Space
    Cities in Transition
    Divided Cities
    Environment and Sustainable Development
    Financial Geography
    Perspectives on Home and Housing
    Spatial Implications of Environmental Change
    Urban Struggle
    Using GIS for Spatial Analysis

    Dutch Society
    Dutch Identity: Images of Dutch Society Through Time
    Social Trends, Social Problems, and Social Policies

    Gender, Sexuality, and Society
    Experiencing Differences
    Gender and Ethnicity in Western and (Post)Colonial History
    Gender, Conflict and International Relations
    Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Politics
    Moving Manhood
    Reproduction, Health and Technologies
    The Local and Global Complexity of Prostitution
    Social Stratification, Life Courses, and Gender
    Social Theories of Sexuality

    International Relations and Globalization
    Art and Conflict
    Authoritarian Barriers to Development and Democracy: Central Asia and the Middle East
    China’s Changing Place in the World: Domestic Developments and Foreign Policy
    Critical Humanitarian Governance
    Debating European Integration: History, Politics, Theory
    Global Leader or Fragmented Follower? EU Internal and External Policy-Making Processes
    Grand Strategy: Combining Diplomacy and Military Force in the Face of Uncertainty
    International Political Economy
    Introduction to Conflict Studies
    Nationalism, Identity and Conflict
    Politics and Conflict and Syria
    Quantitative Analysis Techniques for Intelligence Services
    Secret Affairs I
    Secret Affairs II
    The European Union as a Global Actor: Conceptualizations, Case Studies and Interactions
    The History of the International System
    The Middle East’s Next Top Model
    The Political Economy of Development: The Role of the IMF and the Worldbank
    The United States, Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship
    Transnational Governance

    Communications and Media
    Introduction to Communication Science
    Introduction to Research Methodology
    Media Life
    Media, Movement, and Marriage: Religion in the 21st Century
    Political Communication and Journalism
    Research Practice Seminar
    Topic International Communication
    Topic Media and Politics in a Comparative Perspective
    Topic National Identity and the News
    Topic Organisations and Social Media
    Topic Virtual Teams and Distributed Collaboration

    Media Studies
    Documentary Film: History
    Film and Cultural Memory
    Like, Share, Tweet: Social Media and Web Economies
    Performance at the Edge
    Sound Cultures
    Television, Seriality and the Drama Series
    The American Western and Its Impact on Global Film Culture
    World Cinema

    History, Archeology and Area Studies
    Amsterdam in the Golden Age
    Britain, Europe and Euroskepticism
    Eurocentrism: History, Identity, White Man’s Burden
    European Memory and Heritage: How Do Transnational Memories Work?
    “Gentlemen Don’t Read Each Other’s E-Mail”: United States Intelligence and National Security
    Metropolitan America
    Political Geographies of Europe
    Post-Yugoslav States and Societies in Transition: From War to Transnational Justice
    Putin’s Russia
    Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy: From Cold War to Putinism
    The Politics of Power: Expert Power in 20th Century America
    The World of Mark Twain

    Language and Literature
    Cultural Analysis
    Cultural Conflicts
    Dance Me to the End of Love, Epistemology of Romance
    Identities in Popular Culture
    Identities in Visual and Cultural Studies
    Introduction to Islamic Law
    Islamic Art and Architecture
    Moving Images and Literature
    Shakespeare in Focus

    Philosophy
    Intellectual History I
    Intellectual History II

    Politics, Governance, and Democracy
    An Introduction to Global Environmental Politics and Governance
    A Political Geography of the European Union
    Citizenship
    Democratic Governance
    Global Elites and Leadership
    Introduction to European Union Politics
    Negotiation, Conflict, and Governance
    Policy and Evaluation
    Policy Making in the European Union
    Political Sociology and the Quest for Legitimacy
    Political Subjectivity, Citizenship and Belonging
    Politics and Expertise
    Politics of Development
    Social Movements: Change from Below
    Socionext
    The Governance of Risk
    The History of the International System

    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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