Perfect for pairing with other programs.
This summer, come probe a number of Europe’s most pressing social issues in two of its most dynamic cities. You’ll begin in Barcelona, looking at the political, social, and cultural changes Spain has undergone over the past 35 years since the country’s return to democracy. The study abroad program’s second session brings you to Amsterdam where you’ll examine Dutch social policy and evaluate where these practices are working well and where they may be less successful.
Study abroad in Barcelona and Amsterdam and you will:
- Develop insight into the politics, social theory and practice of both countries
- Enjoy site visits to organizations that put you into conversation with both policy makers and those affected by those policies
- Increase your social awareness of your new host communities
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, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
You will develop insight into the politics, social theory, and approach to some of Europe’s most pressing social issues in two of its most dynamic cities, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Site visits put students in conversation with policy makers and people affected by those policies.
Starting in Barcelona, examine the political, social, and cultural changes Spain has undergone over the 35 years since the country’s return to democracy.
The program’s second session brings you to Amsterdam, where you will study Dutch social policies and evaluate where these practices are working well and where they are not.
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
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Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** No meals are included while in Amsterdam, nor in the Residencia option in Barcelona. Students selecting the homestay option in Barcelona have two meals per day included while in Barcelona.
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.
* Estimated amount for all meals for students staying in apartments in Amsterdam plus Residencia in Barcelona. Total estimated meals cost for students living in homestays in Barcelona (for lunches), in addition to all meals while in Amsterdam, is $1150.
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Contact hours for all courses are 45 and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
All study abroad students take the one course during each session. In Barcelona: Spain Today: Politics and Society, and in Amsterdam: Contemporary Dutch Social Policy.
About the City
About The City
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history—Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th century Eixample district with its original examples of Modernist architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.
Amsterdam is full of life, day and night, with world-renowned museums, art galleries, music, opera, theater, and dance. It is a truly international and multicultural city. Amsterdammers are easy-going and welcoming to foreigners, and English is the unofficial second language. With over 825,000 inhabitants, Amsterdam offers the advantages of a cosmopolitan center with a small-town feel. Because the city is so compact, bicycles are the most convenient means of transportation; in fact, bicycles outnumber the people in Amsterdam!
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Magda Bernaus is the Center Director. Her professional experience is varied and spans the touristic, cultural, and education sectors. She has worked in international education since 1999, and she has been the CIEE Study Center Director since 2012. Her academic area of expertise is medieval architecture, and she has extensive experience designing and teaching art and architectural history courses for both Spanish and North American universities in Spain. She holds a degree in tourism management (Escola de Turisme - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), a degree in art history (Universitat de Barcelona), and a Ph.D. in art history (Universitat de Barcelona).
Few cities in the world offer modern art, architecture, and design lovers as engaging a combination of assets as Barcelona. Like an artist’s muse—“the great enchantress,” as art critic R. Hughes calls it—Barcelona has provided inspiration to many, from Catalan-born architect Antoni Gaudí, to Andalusian painter Pablo Picasso or Valencian designer Javier Mariscal. Their work, like that of so many others, is inextricably linked to Barcelona.
Barcelona’s welcoming and, as a consequence, cosmopolitan character doesn’t end there. In the last 20 years, the city has experienced a radical change in many aspects, and some of the most renowned international artists and architects—Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel—have played a leading role in the reshaping of the city’s image. They have all left an unmistakable trace in the city. I am sure this is exactly the kind of lasting imprint Barcelona will leave on you.
— Magdalena Bernaus, Center Director
Judith de Lange
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!
Fernando Janeiro is a native of Galicia in western Spain. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Univesidade de Vigo in 2002, he moved to Barcelona and completed a second bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2007), and then an M.A. in Comparative Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2009), and a Teaching Certificate for Spanish as a Second Language (International House / IL3 Universitat de Barcelona, 2014). Nando has extensive experience teaching language and humanities courses in both Spanish and English. In addition to teaching, during the academic year Nando coordinates the semester Architecture and Design programs. Nando is a self-educated illustrator and designer, and he recently published his first comic book, “Rufino y Escrutinio: problemas en los márgenes”.
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.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student in individual rooms), in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students in individual rooms sharing kitchen, or in a shared apartment typically in double or single rooms.
Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allowed to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia or shared apartment option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays, residencias and shared apartments are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center.
As slots in residencies and shared apartments may be limited, students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) dates from 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 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, as reflected in its international student body and curriculum.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
In Barcelona students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student), in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students or in a shared apartment. Students will be placed in single rooms no matter what option they choose. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allowed to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays, residencias and apartments are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center. As slots in homestays, residencies and apartments may be limited; students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.
Students live in residence halls in Amsterdam. Students are placed in single rooms in residence halls with shared shower and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are 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 affordable restaurants, in the University cafeteria, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.
The size of the classes in Barcelona varies, but there are never more than 15 students. For Amsterdam this varies, depending on enrollment. All classes meet Monday through Friday. Study abroad 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.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.
In Barcelona, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to standards in the U.S. Grades are given on a 10-point scale.
In Amsterdam, the credit system is based on a student’s overall workload, including lectures, seminars, and independent study. In general, grades are based on a combination of class participation, oral presentations, papers, and/ or written or oral examinations. Unlike in the U.S., grades are based on a numerical scale of one to 10, rather than letters.
Language of Instruction
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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HISP 3003 BABC
Spain Today: Politics and Society
This course focuses on the transition years from 1975 until the present. Spain’s return to democracy and its implications are analyzed in detail. Topics such as the 1978 constitutional system, the creation of a decentralized political system, and an analysis of the different political parties are covered. The course also addresses important sociological aspects, such as the dramatic change undergone by the traditional Spanish family in this period, and the role of the mass media in Spanish society.
Contemporary Dutch Social Policy
The goal of this course is to help study abroad students gain a greater understanding of the Netherlands and to increase their social awareness of the Amsterdam community in which they are studying. The course seeks to accomplish this through lectures combined with guided site visits within organizations that deal with the social policy topics and issues covered in the lectures. Through an examination of social policy theory and practice, students are challenged to “see” their surroundings from a sociological and anthropological point of view, and to examine where policy and practice are working well and where they may be less successful. In the lectures, social and legal policy is studied as it affects certain groups, e.g., prostitutes, drug addicts, and immigrants. Through the guided site visits, study abroad students have the opportunity to form their own opinions about the effectiveness of the implementation and practice of these social policies and to ask staff working in the organization questions about the policies themselves. A general historical overview of the Netherlands is given in order to establish a framework for themes on social policy. This is followed by lectures on tolerance covering such issues as drugs, prostitution policy, abortion, and euthanasia. Multiculturalism is also addressed. The status of Amsterdam as a multicultural city is also addressed.