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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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OVERALL RATING 4.4
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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
January 25, 2016 Best Semester Yet
Expanded my interests, made me realize how fun school and adult life can be, made me consider things from a new point of view and open my mind beyond my small campus bubble. Totally worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Gained so much independence, got to travel around the country and other places in Europe, learned to bike like the Dutch - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review The City Of Love
I learned a lot from my experience abroad. I learned to challenge myself beyond my comfortable limits and learned a lot about tolerance and living on my own. It was extremely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Good Stuff
CIEE admin is awesome, Amsterdam is the best city in the world, embrace your independence and thrive. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a real perspective on living abroad and living independently, and got the chance to travel around Europe from a storybook locale as home base. I'll never - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
it was so great to be accepted in such a different city. i loved biking and felt so liberated and in control of myself. it was a great feeling! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Eye Opening
A radically different perspective on policy - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review License To Kill
a new perspective on myself, the world, and humankind in general; how to live independently in a strange new place, how to build yourself a life from the bottom up; that every person, no matter their place of origin, is motivated by the same desires; definitely, absolutely worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Amsterdam - Social Sciences
I learned how to be independent. I learned how to get out of my comfort zone and experience a whole new lifestyle. I learned how to have dinner way too late. I made friends from all over the world. But what I truly learned is that I want to spend as much time as possible, in my life, traveling. - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 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
It was a very worthwhile experience. I learned to live independently in the Netherlands while taking classes and having a good social life. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Incredible. I learned so much about myself and realized how much I want to live in abroad. Even learned I absolutely love to bike (even in the rain). Best four months of my life by far. - Hope College View Entire Review
Past Review Go To Amsterdam
Yes it's clichéd, but it was the best experience of my life. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Loved It
It was great living in Europe for an extended period of time like this - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Eye Opening
aside from all the fun I had while in Amsterdam, my experience living there taught me I can adapt to different cultures easily and live independently - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Amsterdam provided me with great adventure. It was not only a beautiful city but it was also very manageable, the people were friendly, I learned a lot, I made amazing friends, ate good food, and was able to explore a good portion of Europe. I would recommend Amsterdam to anyone! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
It was so incredibly worthwhile. Amsterdam marked major growth in my life as a student and a person. I was exposed to so many new places, people, perspectives and experiences and wouldn't trade my experience for anything. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Intercultural Insight. It was very worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
The best things that I got out of my study abroad experience had little or nothing to do with my classes or my program. The best relationships I made were with other people in the city who I met through walking around, and doing things I loved to do. - 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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