IES Abroad: Amsterdam - Social Sciences & Humanities
Are you eager to take an independent, fresh look at the world—and at yourself? Let Amsterdam redefine your perspective. This progressive city is known for its cutting-edge contributions to the arts, business, politics, and social policy, and for i... read more
I learned a lot about myself, travelled a ton with and without companions, made friends, discovered a love for french fries with mayo, learned a lot about anthropology that I couldn't have learned at my home school, and became a more independent adult. I wouldn't trade my experience for the world - it was definitely worthwhile. Betsy Barthelemy - Macalester College View Entire Review
I learned how to live alone! My home school has a meal plan that provided all my food. However, while studying abroad, you have to prepare all your own meals and just live alone. Also you're in a different timezone. It was worthwhile because it was the first taste of actual independence I've had A student - Ohio Wesleyan University View Entire Review
I learned how to adapt to new environments and become more tolerant of other people who come from different backgrounds or have interests with which I am unfamiliar. Sam Rosenberg - University of Virginia View Entire Review
While learning about new cultures and ways of life, I learned a lot about myself while being abroad. A student - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
I gained a more global mindset and a new sense of independence. These skills aren't easy to make, and going abroad fosters them. Caitlin Muller - DePauw University View Entire Review
While abroad, I became a more independent and mature individual. This was the first time where I was completely in charge of feeding myself on a daily basis, buying groceries, not living on campus, and not having parental supervision within a pretty large radius. I learned a lot about myself and also discovered what I am capable... A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I made so many new, incredible friends and I can see myself staying in touch with them for years to come. Amsterdam is now my second home, and I miss it every day. A student - Lawrence University View Entire Review
Cultural relativism is the single most important yet applicable concept to consider while studying abroad. Robert Lee Ramirez - DePauw University View Entire Review
I learned how to rely more on myself, I gained confidence in my abilities to meet new people and to become engaged in another culture. My time abroad was very worthwhile because not only did I learn a great deal academically but I also feel like I experienced valuable personal growth as well. Carli Snyder - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
The program I was enrolled in allowed me to take some classes at the University of Amsterdam as well as with professors teaching at the IES centre. (Classes I took: Gender and Sexuality in the Context of Amsterdam, Dutch Language and Culture, Conflict Studies, Global and Local Complexity of Prostitution) The classes were very in... Meghna R - Grinnell College View Entire Review
As cheesy and overplayed as it is, studying abroad in Amsterdam has changed my frame of reference for everything from academics to international relations. I would repeat the semester in a heartbeat. A student - Oberlin College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of self-confidence about being on my own. It was definitely worthwhile. Kelsey G - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained an amazing experience with some wonderful women. This summer was all about spending time with some incredibly intelligent women. This includes both the girls on the trip with me (we were in a unique group, there were about 25 girls and no boys), and the instructor of the art history course that I took, Anja Novak, and t... A student - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about independence and how to navigate my way through cities on my own and using the resources around me. I loved my time abroad and I absolutely think it was worthwhile. A student - University of Kansas View Entire Review
It was worthwhile without a doubt. I learned how to be more independent and mindful of other worlds and cultures. McKenzi - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
I learned how to feel comfortable doing things by myself. I travelled by myself, went out to eat by myself, and even went to the movies alone. Studying abroad really made me feel like I can survive on my own in any city confidently. Gillian Burkhardt - Miami University View Entire Review
I learned many valuable things during my time abroad. Budgeting money and traveling alone were probably the biggest. Also, I had never lived in a city and Amsterdam is always bustling with people, so it was good to experience this. Extremely worthwhile. Tony - Skidmore College View Entire Review
Studying abroad in the Netherlands through IES Abroad was the best choice I have made in college thus far. I can say with confidence that it changed my life for the better. Going into it I wasn't sure what to expect, but I come out of it with a heightened sense of self as well as a greater awareness of others. The IES Amsterdam ... Abby - Lawrence University View Entire Review
The experience was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot, especially how to move to a new country and establish a life there. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
During the spring semester of 2016, I spent an amazing semester abroad in Amsterdam. I decided to study in a place where I knew no one, but could easily communicate without being fluent in the native language. Amsterdam was the perfect fit for me. Studying government and gender studies, University of Amsterdam provided a welcomi... A student - Cornell University View Entire Review
I gained more independence, willingness to accept and overcome challenges, and a more global perspective. It was definitely worthwhile. A student - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
Studying in Amsterdam with IES wasn't just a life changing experience, it was preparation for life after graduation and acceptance of a new life style and culture. Looking back on it, I wouldn’t have chosen another program or location. I met tons of other study abroad students from various countries who said they loved their pro... Abigail Z - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
This question is difficult to answer, as I feel like I've learned so much about Amsterdam and myself at the same time. Studying abroad allowed me to gain an understanding of what the world is like beyond the borders of America, which is something I think a lot of people start to forget, or just don't pay attention to. It was def... Charlotte W - North Carolina State University / NC State View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself as this was my first time living on my own. Also learned how to bike a whole lot better which is definitely a skill to hold on to. Became a better traveler, came out of my shell, and overall just a great personal growth and cultural experience. Lauren M - Macalester College View Entire Review
I LOVED Amsterdam. It's such a different environment from what we experience in the US, and also very unique in the social context of Europe in general. The other program participants came from all over the US, and came from very diverse backgrounds. If you have the chance to go, do it. I had the most amazing summer of my entire... A student - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
Are you eager to take an independent, fresh look at the world—and at yourself? Let Amsterdam redefine your perspective. This progressive city is known for its cutting-edge contributions to the arts, business, politics, and social policy, and for its importance in the history of Europe and the world.
Our Study in Amsterdam Program takes advantage of the city’s unique balance of history and contemporary culture, and lets you structure your studies at the prestigious Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) and at the IES Abroad Center.
With a strong focus on internationalism, the UvA offers a wide range of courses for you to enroll in, including Conflict and Cultural Diversity, Globalization and International Relations, and Sociology.
You can also choose from IES Abroad’s course offerings, in studio art, Dutch language, research, and other subjects.
Amsterdam will be your classroom. Several courses include hands-on components to help you explore Amsterdam and its surroundings while learning about the city’s past and present. Study the history of Amsterdam by visiting some of the city’s historic spots, including Anne Frank’s home and the Rembrandt House. Explore the city’s well-known museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. Find out more about this diverse culture by hopping on a bike and touring the city’s historic neighborhoods. Meet the people of Amsterdam and discover just how diverse they are.
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 most authentic study abroad experience possible.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts