Amsterdam is Amazing, Program is Fine June 23, 2022

By (Political Science, Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/01/2022 to 06/04/2022 with

CIEE: Amsterdam - Social Sciences + Humanities

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Making new connections

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

CIEE classes easy, UvA classes vary (most of grade is the final) CIEE courses are not very high quality

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

TSH City Center was great housing, but many other students got worse housing far from the city.

* Food:

Not provided

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Worked out because I got great housing. But if likely to get housing outside of city, which is not ideal.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Amsterdam is expensive!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bike a lot. Get a swap fiets bike. Get a student museum card.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Amsterdam is a beautiful city
  • Biking
* What could be improved?
  • Better housing for all
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Push yourself

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Contemporary Dutch Social Policy

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Katie Poltz
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Interesting course
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Beginning Dutch

Course Department: Dutch
Instructor: Lisa Janssen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great course great teacher
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Dutch Public Health

Course Department: Health
Instructor: Leighann Kimble
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very interesting
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Cross-cultural Psychology

Course Department: Pyschology
Instructor: Iro Fragkaki
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Did not learn a lot
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Comparative Welfare System Politics

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Franca van Hooren
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Fantastic course and teacher, highly recommend
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