Amsterdam - Law & Criminology

General

Program Description

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Why Amsterdam?

Are you considering attending law school after graduation? This program gives you a glimpse of your future in law school and what sort of legal career you may enjoy. Learn about comparative law in an international context while studying abroad with us in the Netherlands, where local students start their law degrees at the Bachelor’s level.

What You'll Study

By enrolling in this program, you add international law and criminology experience to your transcript—a great talking point when interviewing for law school or your first job. Enroll in the IES Abroad-taught core course, Major Issues in Law & Society: A Comparative Context, and four Law- or Criminology-related courses at the renowned Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). As part of the core course, you will complete a supervised research project. In addition, you will gain experience in writing case briefs.

Taking VU classes with Dutch and international students, you gain a valuable international perspective that only comes with study abroad. Past courses that students have taken include Human Rights & Migration, Politics of International Security, and Ethics & Integrity of Governance, among others.

Daily Life

The Netherlands will be your classroom. Observe some of Europe’s most progressive laws in action, and learn from the professionals and experts who can help you put them in context. Imagine visiting the International Court in The Hague, sitting in on arbitrations in a Dutch court, or talking to professionals at NGOs who work on human rights. Field trips will take you off the beaten path to places like Maastricht or Gouda and course-related trips in and around Amsterdam will provide valuable insight into what you’re learning in the classroom.

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 with other local and IES Abroad students to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

Delve into law and criminology from a Dutch perspective by enrolling at the Vrije Universiteit (VU). The University’s world-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new experiences in and outside the classroom. You take 15-18 credits per semester.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • PO/LW 350 Major Issues in Law & Society: A Comparative Context. This IES Abroad-taught seminar is an introduction to international and Dutch law, with comparisons to U.S. law, culminating in a supervised research project. The course includes visits to Dutch and international courts. (required, 4 credits)
  • Law- and Criminology-related elective courses at the VU (3 credits each)
  • Dutch language and culture or Dutch History courses at the VU (optional, credits vary)

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Dutch Language in Daily Life
  • European Union in a Changing World: History, Politics, and Policy-making
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Major Issues in Law and Society: A Comparative Context
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the 21st Century
  • European Union in a Changing World: History, Politics, and Policy-making
  • PO/LW 350 - Major Issues in Law and Society: A Comparative Context Fall, Spring

VU University Amsterdam (VU) Courses

  • Courses at the VU are listed in ECTS. 2 ECTS=1 U.S. Credit.
  • Fall classes are offered in Periods 1 and 2. Spring courses are offered in Periods 4 and 5
  • Fall students are expected to enroll in a minor for their course of study. Minors are not offered in Spring, so spring students enroll in individual courses.

Partner Institution(s)

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

The VU, founded in 1880, enrolls about 25,000 students, and offers courses in eleven faculties covering arts and science fields, and takes pride in a very student-centric teaching style. The VU is situated on a campus (unlike many European city universities), just outside of central Amsterdam, near the business district in South Amsterdam.

Originally set up as an institution of higher education separate from church or state, the current day VU takes this heritage seriously. Students will feel comfortable on campus and can access the many resources available, including modern buildings and infrastructure, the Griffioen Cultural Centre, shops, cafés, and an extensive library.

The VU boasts a strong international environment; its goal is to have one in four students in its English-taught programs be an international student.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Amsterdam, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations:

Antwerp, Belgium

2 Days| Fall & Spring

Enjoy a weekend away in Netherland’s neighboring country, Belgium! Come sample the local cuisine, and learn a bit more about what makes Belgium special.

National Park Hoge Veluwe & Kröller-Müller Museum

2 Days | Fall

Visit the largest privately managed conservation area in the Netherlands - home to several endangered species, as well as visit the park's museum. Also visit the Open Air Museum, which allows you to see the historical past of Dutch life.

Maastricht

2 Days | Spring

Explore this university city with its beautiful medieval architecture and lively arts and culture. Visit the famous labyrinth caves of Limburg, and take a walk in the spectacular hilly countryside.

Zaanse Schans

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Enjoy a cycling trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a quintessential Dutch town, famous for its windmills.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related trips are academically-focused and are associated with courses. They are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Dutch culture and society. Participation is based on course registration.

Past Examples include:

  • Visits to the Amsterdam criminal court to compare and contrast the working of a Dutch criminal court vs a U.S. court;
  • Visits to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to attend a case;
  • Participation in a moot court.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Amsterdam is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

Our orientation introduces you to the IES Abroad Amsterdam staff, your fellow students, and the city of Amsterdam.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, academics, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

You also participate in a VU-led orientation to get to know the VU staff and facilities and have the option to join the European Student Network’s (ESN) orientation for international students, led by Dutch students.

Local field trips and activities are also arranged, as well as an overnight orientation trip, where you’ll have the opportunity to further sample elements of Dutch culture and get to know the other students.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Amsterdam, it will feel like home.

Residence Hall - Depending on the location, you will live in a single room with either a shared or private bathroom. You will either have a shared kitchen with other students on your floor or have a private kitchenette.

Deluxe Residence Hall - You will live in a single room with a private bathroom. You share a kitchen with other students on your floor. The building features a 24-hour reception and a gym. This option carries an additional cost.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Course-related trips are academic excursions associated with courses. They are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and to contribute to a general knowledge of Dutch culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. Examples could include:

  • Visit the Amsterdam criminal court to compare and contrast the workings of a Dutch court and a U.S. court.
  • Visit the International Court of Justice in The Hague to attend a case.

Cost

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $15,660 $5,060 $230 $20,950

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic Year $27,740 $10,000 $455 $38,195

Our Center

The IES Abroad Amsterdam Center is housed in the Oranje-Nassau Kazerne, former military barracks that has since been turned into offices and apartments, and located across from the famous Artis Zoo. Features include a small library, classroom space, staff offices, WiFi access, and space for students to meet and study. Center office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm (unless otherwise specified).

Last updated November 2019

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