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.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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:
The IES Abroad course RE396 Research Seminar: Create your own project - From inspiration to realization allows you to choose, design, and execute a research project on a topic related to Dutch society. To complete your research experience, you study primary and secondary research sources and conduct at least 60 hours of research, which may include volunteering, interviewing, shadowing, observing, visiting organizations, attending lectures, or engaging in other activities that support your individual area of research.
During this course you will:
By the end of this course you will have:
Once admitted to the IES Abroad program, you can access the Research Seminar application online.
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.
About the Universiteit van Amsterdamwww.uva.nl/en
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 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 Undergraduate Certificate Programme (UCP) within the College of Social Sciences (CSS). Requests to take a course outside of the UCP 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 UCP's course catalog to see which courses 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:
You may take up to two courses in the Faculty of Economics and Business. 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:
Please note that these opportunities may be limited.
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:
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.
Live in a spacious studio apartment that has its own kitchenette and bathroom. Most rooms are shared, but there are some single rooms available for an additional fee. As a resource to you, local resident assistants live in the apartments to provide assistance. Meals are not included. Most students cook meals in their apartments or eat in student canteens and restaurants.
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. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
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.
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.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Amsterdam through cultural events, such as:
Even though your adventure starts in Paris, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations:
Island of Texel
2 Days | Fall
Tour the island by bike, visit a seal rescue center, and take a trip on a shrimp boat.
2 Days | Spring
Explore the city, explore the famous caves of Limburg, and take a country walk in the beautiful hilly countryside.
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Take a guided walking tour and visit the famous cube houses.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Amsterdam Center is housed in the Oranje-Nassau Kazerne, former military barracks now turned into offices and apartments, and located opposite the Artis Zoo. The center provides a classroom, staff offices, WiFi, and space for students to meet and study.
Chantal Omloo earned an M.A. in History of International Relations at the University of Utrecht and an MSc in Development Studies at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her academic focus was centred on economic development in Sub Saharan Africa and she has published a number of articles in this field. Prior to joining IES Abroad in 2001, Chantal worked for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), a NGO based in the United Kingdom. Chantal managed customized programs out of the IES Abroad London Center before moving back to her native Netherlands to take up the IES Abroad Amsterdam Center Director’s position.
IES Abroad Staff
Anabelle GouletteStudent Affairs and Office Coordinator
Diana KaekebekeAcademic and Student Affairs Coordinator
Depending on your program, you will be taught by faculty from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Vrije Universiteit, the Universiteit van Amsterdam or IES Abroad.