IES Abroad: Amsterdam - Psychology & Sciences
Envision yourself in a bio lab or a psychology lecture. Now look around you—you’re surrounded by Dutch and international students. Your classroom isn’t in one of those old familiar buildings on your home campus; it’s in one of Europe’s most exciti... read more
I really gained a new perspective on all aspects of life. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to really go up to anybody and hold a conversation no matter where they are from. Just friendlier overall. Yes it was definitely worthwhile. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about different cultures around Europe, not just the Netherlands. Although I have been throughout Europe before this trip, having been able to take it all in within a short period of time was so beneficial as you see the subtle differences of each country. Now, oddly, I want to move to Europe for my Masters educa... Haoyan L - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I was already an international student in the U.S. coming from Europe, so for me living in Amsterdam was actually much closer to my normal lifestyle. I loved the people I met that were also doing their Erasmus there and enjoyed the city to the fullest. I gained friendships and learnt to maximize my experiences by always doing th... Anthilia A - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned more patience and more about who I am. I was definitely worthwhile Eric Rosenheim - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was amazing Emma Peters - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I loved going to museums, traveling, and experiencing nature. I learned how to be independent and do things on my own. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This is experience was an incredible way to try something new. I really pushed myself to explore things I had never done before. With the support there to catch me when I would fall and stumble, I was given the unique opportunity to do what I wanted without the fear of being on my own if I needed help. I made life-long friends, ... Cecilia Vorfeld - Johns Hopkins University View Entire Review
Absolutely!!! One of the best decisions I made. I feel like I gained more a sense of self, and know more of what makes me happy and be more independent. I loved learning about a new culture and integrating myself as much as possible in Amsterdam. I loved meeting people from all around of the world. Amsterdam is such an internati... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I had a wonderfully human experience in Amsterdam. MIH - University of Redlands View Entire Review
YES YES YES. I didn't know anything about the world before I went abroad and know I have a face to associate with more than 12 countries from all over the world. Ali - Ithaca College View Entire Review
I learned about traveling independently and just kind of taking care of myself A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile but it was very challenging emotionally. It is not easy to go abroad and I was shocked to find out how many students study abroad after my experience because the emotional challenge that comes with it is a hefty one. It is hard to make friends and feel comfortable but I believe it was worth it because I do feel... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned many life skills and will always be grateful for this opportunity. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I absolutely loved studying abroad, and I feel like I learned so much about myself. Living in a new city for multiple months puts you out of your comfort zone and helps you learn to be self-sufficient. I loved everything about my semester abroad. Nina Bowness - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned a lot, met a lot of cool people, and had a lot of fun. Definitely worthwhile. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Mostly personal growth, it was definitely worthwhile A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained exposure to a new culture and society, and got to play a role in dutch culture in a very real way. Absolutely worthwhile A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Overall, I enjoyed my classes and was glad I was exposed to a different educational system. Outside of academics, I was given the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus Student Network international orientation weekend, where I made amazing connections with students from both America and other countries from all over Europe. ... A student - Scripps College View Entire Review
SO MANY THINGS. How to be independent. What self-care looks like. Where I find my identity. About my faith. How important it is to be uncomfortable. What it means to be culturally aware. I could go on and on, but in short it was absolutely worthwhile. Mikaela - Purdue University View Entire Review
There is so much to see and so much to do, from visiting the many museums they have to offer, to visiting Keukenhof (the tulip festival in the spring), and of course biking around trying to understand the flow of traffic. Not only would I recommend that every college student spend a semester abroad, but also everyone should visi... Marina - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
Envision yourself in a bio lab or a psychology lecture. Now look around you—you’re surrounded by Dutch and international students. Your classroom isn’t in one of those old familiar buildings on your home campus; it’s in one of Europe’s most exciting and unique cities—Amsterdam—at an internationally-recognized research university, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
With its strong course offerings in psychology and the sciences, you’re bound to find English-taught courses at the VU to apply to your major, from Experimental Cell Biology to The History and Philosophy of Psychology. You can dive deep into your major, but you also have the opportunity to expand your studies with IES Abroad course options, such as offerings in Dutch language and culture, sexuality and gender, studio art, art history, and research.
Amsterdam will be your classroom. Sharpen your independent research skills by getting out and volunteering, observing, or visiting organizations for the IES Abroad Research Seminar. Or practice your new Dutch language skills as you peruse fresh produce with friends at the popular Noordermarkt. If you are adventurous and willing to explore, you will feel what it's like to live as a real Dutch student.
We want you to feel at home in Amsterdam, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the best, most authentic study abroad experience possible.
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