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Come spend a semester or year developing 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... read more

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A student studying abroad with CIEE: Amsterdam - Social Sciences
I gained a new self of my self. A sense of independence. It was the greatest adventure of my life so far and I feel like I really found who I was. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and how to live on my own. I learned that traveling can be so hard but so much fun. My time abroad was so worthwhile! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned more about the Dutch culture. I also was able to experience other cultures by traveling. I was able to meet new people and meet up with old ones. Def worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
June 17, 2018 Dehydrated
I learned to remain calm and socialize. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
June 04, 2018 Once In A Lifetime
I gained perspective on a new culture and I learned how to appreciate my culture even more. There was a lot of time for reflection, which was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, and I think that was most important. It is one of the only times I will be able to spend months in Europe, so it was so worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Learned to be independent - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My experience abroad was the best time of my college career. I become increasingly independent and confident as the trip progressed. I learned how to navigate a foreign city and become comfortable in new environments. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
February 01, 2017 Exciting!
I learned that I love to travel and definitely want to think about moving/working abroad! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 18, 2017 Lekker
I became more independent, learned how to allocate my time, etc. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 15, 2017 Fun
Yes, I gained a lot - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 17, 2016 Self Exploration
It was a fantastic experience! Being able to explore for oneself a city that one hasn't been exposed to (for the extended period of a semester), is a promising, and worth-every-second, time. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained a lot of independence living on my own and met some incredible people. I got a lot of travel experiences I never normally would have had. I learned how to be an aggressive biker. And I learned a lot about what politics looks like in a smaller, homogenous country with a very different histor... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and how to manage uncomfortable situations. My intercultural communication skills improved a ton, and I feel like I'm more open minded to different lifestyles. This experience definitely opened my eyes to different ways of life and how to be respectful when being in these new cultures - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned to be way more independent than I was and made new friends in a situation where I didn't know anybody. Trying new things and meeting new people and being comfortable with being uncomfortable are certainly skills I am happy to be better at now. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
June 23, 2018 Fun
Learned a lot about other countries - Brandeis University View Entire Review
June 06, 2018 Keep On Keeping On
I learned to challenge yourself and change will eventually follow. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
February 09, 2018 Fun And Eye Opening
i gained a lot of independence. i gained a greater respect for other cultures. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
July 18, 2017 Enlightening
How to be independent, absolutely worthwhile though I wish I prepared better - Brandeis University View Entire Review
How to live in the present. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a lot of things I cant list them all, mainly independence though - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Definitely a worthwhile experience. There was a lot to learn about the culture as well as what I want for myself going forward. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, it was worthwhile. I gained confidence in my ability to travel alone and in a foreign place. I really came to appreciate my home school and how things are done there after seeing the differences with my host university. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that I can make anywhere my home. I really felt connected to the culture and to the city. It was incredibly worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to really balance serious things like academics with fun things like traveling and going on adventures, and realizing how much you can learn about yourself when you are in a situation that is not completely familiar. - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Come spend a semester or year developing 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 the CIEE course and unique field visits focused on contemporary Dutch social policy
- Take a wide range of courses in the social sciences, as well as a limited number of humanities courses
- Study Dutch language, and explore and engage with the community through the International Student Network, interest groups, weekend homestays, and volunteer opportunities
- Live in the accessible, lively, and multicultural city of Amsterdam and get around the city on your bike

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Dutch
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Social Sciences
  • European Studies
  • Dutch/Flemish Language, Literature
  • Public Health
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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Awarded to motivated students who are eager to share the many transformative benefits of studying abroad when they return to campus. Awards are based on personal statements from student applicants that demonstrate motivation and financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC).

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