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Program Overview

Program Overview

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
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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

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.

Excursions

During your summer course in Amsterdam 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 and might be visiting an old medieval castle, a small authentic fisherman’s town or small Dutch city with great history.
  • Furthermore an overnight trip will be offered to 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 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 course other activities will be organized throughout the week; each course 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, fleemarket, or special exhibition in one of Amsterdam numerous museums.

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.

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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.
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End Date
Costs
Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$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 **
$6,358
Housing ***
$2,025
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

*** 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 *
$1,700
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$230
Books & Supplies
$175
Personal expenses
$1,250

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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Contact hours for all courses are 45 and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

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.

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About the City

About The City

About Barcelona

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.

About Amsterdam

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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Magda Bernaus

Center Director

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).

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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

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Judith de Lange

Student Services Coordinator

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

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Fernando Janeiro

Program Coordinator, Barcelona

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”.

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Renee Spruit

Resident Director

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

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

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Barcelona

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.

Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, students study at or nearby 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

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.

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Orientations

Orientations

In Amsterdam at the beginning of each session, a mandatory orientation organized by CIEE staff is held to introduce students to Dutch culture and to the academic program, as well as to provide practical information about living in the Netherlands. Ongoing support is provided on a group and individual 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). In some cases there is wireless internet (for which you sometimes might need to buy a router).

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

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.

Grading System

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

English

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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.

Barcelona

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.

Amsterdam

NLST 3001 NETU

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.

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