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Spend the summer traveling to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Lucerne, Venice, Florence and Rome, the historic art and architectural centers of Europe. You’ll earn 3 credits taking “European Art and Architecture” through Richmond, the American International University in London. Live in hotels and student residences, with breakfast included daily. A Travel Manager accompanies the group throughout ...


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Study abroad in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, Netherlands with IES, one of the oldest and most trusted programs in the business. With IES Abroad Amsterdam Semester and Year program, students can explore peaceful streets and canals that wind in and out of historic houses and neighborhoods. The IES Abroad Center is located on the Universiteit van Amsterdam campus so students are able to ea...


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Study Liberal Arts & Sciences at the VRIJE (VU) University of Amsterdam. You can join a low-cost program offered by CSA, and earn credits. The program is open to all students and adults worldwide. A transcript will be issued by VU. Cultural activities and excursions. Low cost housing options are available. Participants can choose between Semester, Year, Quarter, Summer, and Monthly terms. They ...


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Program Overview Spend your January in the Netherlands, learning about a country known for its progressive social policies. You’ll take a class on the Dutch public health system and use the mini-metropolis of Amsterdam as your laboratory to clarify your views on where you stand on key contemporary issues. You’ll go on guided site visits, hear from guest lecturers, compare Dutch public health to...


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Learn Dutch with Languages Abroad in Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands. It is Located in the Northern part of the country and very close to Germany. It is one of the most liberal minded countries in the world, and the Netherlands is extremely welcoming to visitors. As part of the Live and Learn program, you'll have the unique opportunity of living in the home of your own private...


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Carleton College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, now operates the Women's and Gender Studies in Europe (WGSE) program previously offered by Antioch Education Abroad. Since 1984, the Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe (WGSE) program has offered students a unique opportunity to explore feminist and queer theory in practice across Western and East Central Europe. The program e...


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Spend the summer studying a challenging and interdisciplinary topic in the vibrant UNESCO World Heritage city of Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Summer School offers small-scale courses in a wide range of fields at an excellent research university, VU University Amsterdam. The courses in the summer school are classified into three levels: the Beginner Bachelor, Advanced Bachelor and Master. Offere...


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Explore the effects of human mobility on local communities, global politics, and transnational economies. This program examines the factors driving internal and international migration in Morocco and elsewhere in North and sub-Saharan Africa. Students consider how human mobility is shaped by religion, security, youth culture, desertification, poverty, and other pressing issues and how mobili...


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Housing and urban issues have come to the forefront of social, economic and environmental debates in recent years as metropolitan modes of living have become even more widespread and globally pervasive. In this three-week programme students will explore the fundamental issues that are shaping the development and evolution of cities in the 21st century. With a focus on real urban places, set in...


Global Player's Amsterdam Internship is ideal for student athletes looking for a true expat experience. This program is a great opportunity to see the world, enhance your resume, gain valuable skills and experiences and make unique connections around the world. Not only will student athlete's gain real world experience in their specific field, but they will also be competing internationally in ...

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Studying Abroad in Amsterdam

Easily the most popular city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is known as the creative, cultural, and financial center, the beating heart of the country. With its mix of cobblestone paths and busy streets, Amsterdam manages to feel like a bustling village with all the amenities of a modern city. This lovely and surprising city has more canals and bridges than Venice. Live and study abroad in Amsterdam — there are some great programs in this picturesque place.

Geography & Demographics

The city is located in the western Netherlands, less than 20 miles from the North Sea and just off a large inlet. Amsterdam’s past, present and future is filled with water. It started out as a fishing village and rose to its prime in the Golden Age of the Dutch, when Amsterdam was the country’s main port and the richest city in the world. The 165 canals of Amsterdam run crisscross throughout the city and are officially an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearly 1,300 bridges cross the many canals, and “the bridge was open” is a tardy Amsterdam schoolkid’s version of “the dog ate my homework.” 

The city itself enjoys the a mild climate that can be somewhat unpredictable, but the summers are warm and the winters cold. The famous tulips bloom around the city in early spring and make the countryside look like an endless velvety rainbow. Some of the most well known areas for viewing the blooms are in villages under an hour away.

Food & Culture

Known for its laid-back atmosphere and welcoming people, it is a city where friends can be easily made and students will quickly feel immersed. Although the official language is Dutch, it is estimated that up to 90 percent of the people speak English as a second language, so students can learn another language but also find many programs taught in English.

The food in Amsterdam is as warm and inviting as the people. Meats, breads and pastries are very popular. It is very typical in Amsterdam to serve a meal with a little sweet treat on the side. Coffee comes with a small cookie; poffertjes, small, fluffy pancakes served with butter and powdered sugar, can be found along almost any street through the colder months. Sinterklaas, or The Night of Saint Nicholas in early December, is accompanied by chocoladeletters. The large letters are made of chocolate then decorated and passed between friends, family — and of course left in shoes as a sweet surprise. 

Stamppot is a staple of the more savory variety. It consists of mashed potatoes mixed with a variety of vegetables and topped with a smoked sausage. The hearty meal will leave anyone full and comforted.

Things to Do

Stay in the city limits and see amazing architecture during the day and enjoy a thriving nightlife afterwards. The Oude Kerk, or old church, is built in the Gothic renaissance style and is a popular tourist site located in the heart of the Red Light District. Rembrandt Square pays homage to the famous artist with a statue and streets lined with typical Dutch pubs offering authentic Dutch music and food.

Studying in Amsterdam

A few of the many options include the study abroad program with Council on International Education and Exchange (CIEE), which provides students in the social sciences and humanities an opportunity to gain credits while adding a research component. The program is taught in English and offers courses in everything from Anthropology to Finance and Film to Tourism. It includes excursions to several cities and plenty of opportunities for volunteer work and university involvement. Other study-abroad programs in Amsterdam include SIT Study Abroad’s interesting course on International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender, and Eastern Michigan University’s European Cultural History tour, which hits Amsterdam on its multi-country summer abroad program.

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