From 1600 to 1800, The Netherlands was a sea power that dominated world trade. The country essentially invented the stock market and brought it to Nieuw Amsterdam— later called New York. Prosperous and stable, the Netherlands is still a world center. The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government, is also the site of the International Court of Justice.

Amsterdam is a city of peaceful streets and canals, of historic houses and neighborhoods, of exciting, youthful nightlife, and of bustling commerce. The IES Abroad programs in Amsterdam offer diverse academic opportunities, including enrollment at prestigious institutions such as the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.