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Program Overview

Program Overview

Deepen your business and communications knowledge while broadening your understanding of the role the Netherlands plays in the global market during CIEE’s Summer Business and Communications program in Amsterdam. Courses such as Dutch sustainable business and the EU, gender and popular culture, and contemporary television, as well as excursions to fascinating sites and interactions with local businesspeople will ensure you leave with practical business and interpersonal skills that you can put to work in your future career.

Study abroad in Amsterdam and you’ll:

  • See business and communications in action in the European Union
  • Go on an overnight excursion during each session to explore another Dutch city
  • Explore Dutch castles, beaches, fishing villages, and cities
  • Study Dutch Business in a European Context in the financial heart of the Netherlands (Amsterdam) during Session I and gain an insider’s perspective on how business is done in the Netherlands within the broader context of the EU.
  • Study Business and Sustainability in the Netherlands in Session II and learn more about the Dutch business field and business values (specifically social and environmental responsibility), leading to a deeper understanding of Dutch business practices today and in the past.
  • Study Gender, Race, Sexuality and Popular Culture in Session II and be able to address the mechanisms by which popular cultures serves as the dominant site of representations of identity.
  • Study Contemporary Television: Business, Storytelling, Audience in Session III, in which you will explore how television today reflects, the ascendancy of online television, the fracturing of the television audience, and the formal/narrative characteristics of the era of television known as the (latest) “Golden Age of TV,” both from a US and Dutch perspective.
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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:

  • 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

Excursions

During the summer program, you will have the opportunity to attend extracurricular activities:

  • One daytrip will be offered during the orientation period in which you will venture out into the countryside. You may visit an old medieval castle, a small authentic fisherman’s town, or small Dutch city with great history.
  • An overnight trip will allow you to explore another region in the Netherlands, offering you the chance to draw similarities - and analyze the differences - between the capital of Amsterdam and a smaller Dutch city and/or countryside. Cities could include Rotterdam that holds and explore Europe’s largest harbor, Maastricht, and stroll through the old medical streets, or Dordrecht, an old trade city with a nearby nature reserve. Each overnight trip will also contain an activity closely related to your subject matter.
  • During the program, other activities will be organized throughout the week. Each session will offer a welcome and farewell dinner, and extra activities might include a bike tour through Amsterdam’s countryside, an outside movie night at a popular Amsterdam city beach, a visit to a concert, theatre play, fleamarket, or a special exhibition in one of Amsterdam numerous museums.
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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.

  • 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.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,458
Housing
$925
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$850
International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$134
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$394

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

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Summer Session II and III 2017 (8 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$8,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,533
Housing
$1,850
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,700
International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$268
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$788

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

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Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017
$4,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,458
Housing
$925
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$850
International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$134
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$394

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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for each session is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Each course has 45 contact hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students select one course during each session: Dutch Business in a European Context in Session I; Business and Sustainability in the Netherlands or Gender, Race, Sexuality and Popular Culture in Session II; Contemporary Television: Business, Storytelling, Audience in Session III.

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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 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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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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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

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 adjacent to the University of Amsterdam.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. However, students are required to pay a one-time deposit of 75 euros upon signing their housing contract; this deposit will be returned at the end of the program if the room is in good state. Students are placed in single rooms in several residence halls with shared (or in some cases private) shower and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are within a short commute by foot, bike, bus, or tram/metro to the CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at affordable restaurants, in the university cafeteria, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities. Depending on the housing facility, students will find between one and three residence assistants living in the residence hall who can help students with various residence life questions.

Important; students participating in Session I will stay in quad rooms in a hostel for the first two weeks of the program. The hostel is located near the CIEE Study Center. Rooms in the hostel will be shared with CIEE students only.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in the Netherlands even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. CIEE staff meets 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.

The on-site orientation provides participants with an intensive introduction to the Netherlands, the culture, health and safety issues, and the academic program. Excursions in and around the city serve as a general introduction to the public transportation system, and major points of interest, as well as acquainting students with necessary resources and amenities. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Internet cafés are available throughout the Netherlands, and most coffee places and cafés in Amsterdam offer complimentary WiFi. All residence halls have wired Internet (for which you need a cable).

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

All sessions include a combination of lectures, active participation, guest speakers, and guided site-visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the course and are asked to give a presentation of their findings. Students are evaluated based on active participation, a presentation, and either an exam or paper (depending on the course) on one of the themes discussed in the course. The European educational system allows students a high level of individual responsibility and initiative, and developing an independent and critical way of thinking is strongly encouraged

Nature of Classes

Classes are with CIEE study abroad participants only.

Grading System

Grades are based on a combination of class participation, oral presentations, papers, and/or written or oral examinations. Unlike in the U.S., grades are based on a numerical scale of one to 10, rather than letters

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Qualified lecturers from the Netherlands teach the CIEE courses.

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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.

SESSION I

BUSI 3002 AMNT

Dutch Business in a European Context
Since the Netherlands is a small country with a population of +/- 17 million people, and the European Union with over 500 million inhabitants, this calls for innovate business practices and a challenging approach of implementing (EU) regulations. How has the EU’s free movement of people, products, services, capital and the Euro affected and still affect the Dutch business world? In light of the recent global financial crisis, this course will examine developments and challenges that are at play, economic integration between member states, and what it takes to have a successful business within the EU/Netherlands.

SESSION II

GEND 3001 AMNT

Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture
In this course, students will apply a critical lens to the representation of gender, race, and sexuality in popular cultural media including Dutch TV, film, radio, the Internet, music, magazines, and literature. Comparisons are made with similar representations in other European countries and the United States. Course materials pay special attention to questions of other identity markers such as race, economic status, disability and the body. The course combines key concepts and theoretical frameworks in critical theory and cultural studies with analyses of media and popular cultural sites. This course will include guest lectures from media and site visits to community groups and NGOs promoting awareness of sexuality issues in the community.

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.

SESSION III

VIST 3002 AMNT

Contemporary Television: Business, Storytelling, Audience
In this course students will survey the contemporary television landscape both in the US and the Netherlands to gain insight into the complex (and sometimes competing) interests that drive the global media marketplace, while teasing out the differences, similarities, and transnational connections that exist between American and Dutch television. This course will draw fully on the position of Amsterdam as a television capital: Amsterdam is not just home to Netflix’s European headquarters (with the rise, success and dominance of Netflix serving as a through line of the course), but to the Dutch production companies Endemol and Eyeworks, which have together created a portfolio of shows that are watched by hundreds of millions of television viewers worldwide.

By analyzing how television today exemplifies broader shifts in the entertainment industry both in the US and the Netherlands, students will gain an in-depth understanding of how television texts circulate both in a national, international, and transnational context.

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