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.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Amsterdam
  • City: Amsterdam
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Program Credits: 15-17 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

August 20 - December 22

Spring 2019

January 28 - May 31

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Spring 2019 - October 19, 2018


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

We offer unique courses that explore Dutch language, culture, and the arts. The world-class professors and course options at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

While in Amsterdam, you take 15–18 credits per semester. UvA courses and IES Abroad courses are worth up to 6 credits each.

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

  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) courses - (at least one UvA course is required)
  • One or more IES Abroad course(s) - (optional)


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.

Art History

AH 315 - Highlights of Dutch Art: From Rembrandt to Mondriaan and Beyond (Fall, Spring)


AR 250 - Studio Rietveld: An Introduction to Studio Art in Amsterdam (Fall, Spring)

Cultural Studies

  • CU 101 - Dutch Language and Culture (Fall, Spring)
  • CU 211 - Dialogues on Difference (Fall, Spring)

Dutch Language

DU 101 - Dutch Language and Culture (Fall, Spring)

Gender Studies

SS/GS 315 - Introduction to the Study of Sexuality and Gender in the Context of Amsterdam (Fall, Spring)

Intercultural Communication

IC/PS 311 - Cross Cultural Psychology (Fall, Spring)


IC/PS 311 - Cross Cultural Psychology (Fall, Spring)

Social Studies

SS/GS 315 - Introduction to the Study of Sexuality and Gender in the Context of Amsterdam (Fall, Spring)

About the Universiteit van Amsterdam

The Universiteit van Amsterdam prides itself on its wide range of multidisciplinary offerings and its strong focus on internationalization. These qualities are reflected in the large number of international and study abroad students at the Universiteit. Rooted in 17th century Amsterdam, the university is known for its rich intellectual, artistic, and commercial history, and for its contributions to contemporary scholarship, business, and politics.

The Study in Amsterdam Program is part of the Amsterdam Exchange Program - Social Sciences (AEXP-Social Sciences) formerly known as the the Undergraduate Certificate Program (UCP) in the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the UvA.


As an IES Abroad student, your course of study falls largely under the Amsterdam Exchange Program - Social Sciences (AEXP-Social Sciences) within the College of Social Sciences (CSS). Requests to take a course outside of the AEXP-Scocial Sciences are handled on a case-by-case basis, as the individual departments at the UvA have the final admission decision to each specific course.

Visit the AEXP-Social Sciences course catalog to get a sense of courses that may be offered during your term abroad. (Note: Be sure to click on the different "clusters" to see a full range of what may be available.)

Courses at the UvA are listed in ECTS credits. 2 ECTS credits equal 1 U.S./IES Abroad credit. For example, a course worth 12 ECTS is worth 6 IES Abroad credits.

You can select from courses in:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Conflict and Cultural Diversity
  • Dutch Society
  • Ethnicity, Migration, and Nationalism
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Globalization and International Relations
  • Media and Communication
  • Planning and Development
  • Politics, Governance, and Democracy
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies and Global Health

If you qualify and have the right background, you may take up to two courses in the Faculty of Economics and Business whose Amsterdam school of Business (ASB) is EQUIS-accredited. Prerequisites and other requirements apply.

Depending upon availability, you may also be able to take a class in the Faculty of Humanities in one of the following areas:

  • Arts and Media Studies
  • European and American Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy and Discourse

Please note that these opportunities are limited.

Course-Related Excursions

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

Past examples include:

  • Tours of contemporary art museums and galleries
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam's neighborhoods
  • Guided tour of the Red-light District
  • Excursion to Haarlem and the Hague


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.

You can choose from two different apartment options. Both options include an ensuite bathroom with shower.

Shared Studio Apartments

Share a spacious double room in a studio apartment with an IES Abroad or other international students. Each room is equipped with its own kitchenette and bathroom. As a resource to you, local resident assistants live in the apartments to provide assistance.

Single Rooms

You have your own room in an apartment block and will share a kitchen with other students on your floor. This building features a 24-hour reception desk. Single rooms carry an additional fee.

Meals are not included in either option, but most students cook meals in their apartments or eat in nearby student canteens and restaurants.

Student Life


The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Amsterdam staff, your fellow students, and the city of Amsterdam. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.

You have the option to join the International Student Network's (ISN) orientation, which is led by Dutch students

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

As part of the CORE™ program, you participate in a volunteer activity that creates a sense of community with your fellow students, offers you deeper insight into life in Amsterdam, and gives you a point of contact if you’d like to continue participating in volunteer projects throughout the semester.

Field trips are also organized to introduce you to other parts of the Netherlands and to Dutch pastimes. Past trips have included excursions to the Zaanse Schans and Utrecht.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Amsterdam through cultural events, such as:

  • Seeing the windmills in the Zaanse Schans
  • Visiting a cheese market in Alkmaar, followed by canoeing on the Alkmaar canals
  • Touring the Keukenhof tulip garden (spring only)
  • Visiting Hoge Veluwe National Park
  • Bicycling to Volendam and Marken
  • Exploring the medieval castle Muiderslot and the Isle of Pampus

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Junior or senior standing when program begins
  • Final admissions decision rests with the Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Please note: the Study Amsterdam program will not review applicants with cumulative GPAs below 2.9. Applicants whose GPAs are between 2.9 and 3.0 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis (additional application materials below are required).

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa predeparture to enter the Netherlands. Upon admission, you will receive more information about obtaining the required residence permit on-site and any related fees. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a visa prior to arrival.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $14,855
  • Housing: $4,815
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $19,900

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $26,725
  • Housing: $9,630
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $36,810

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
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