Amsterdam

Netherlands

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Known for its liberal views and open-minded attitude, the residents of this cozy city welcome you to study abroad in Amsterdam.

You can ride through the scenic canals, visit the Anne Frank House, take a walking tour of the city’s different neighborhoods, and meet professionals working at local and global organizations while studying abroad in Amsterdam, where every day is brings something new to explore.

You’ll adore the lovely canals and old European charm that make up this enchanting city. Because the city planning hasn’t changed much since the 19th century, you’ll appreciate the architecture and historic homes that color the city, not to mention the tulips. And you can’t leave without seeing the windmills!

Programs

Amsterdam - Business & Economics

Amsterdam
,
Netherlands
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,650
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Amsterdam - Law & Criminology

Amsterdam
,
Netherlands
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,650
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Amsterdam - Psychology & Sciences

Amsterdam
,
Netherlands
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,650
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Amsterdam - Social Sciences & Humanities

Amsterdam
,
Netherlands
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,810
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Amsterdam Direct Enrollment - Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Amsterdam
,
Netherlands
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,690
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Amsterdam Direct Enrollment - Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Amsterdam
,
Netherlands
Length: 
Spring 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$22,815
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Amsterdam Summer - Society, Culture & Gender in Amsterdam

Amsterdam
,
Netherlands
Length: 
Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$7,200
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Amsterdam's Top Five

Cycle Everywhere

Rent or buy a cheap bike and get around Amsterdam the way the Dutch do!

Enjoy Traditional Dutch Dishes

From excellent coffee and sweet stroopwafels and poffertjes (tasty little pancakes), to more unusual fare like thick fries with Dutch-Indonesian peanut sauce or stamppot (a hearty dish of potatoes, onions, kale, root vegetables, and sausage), eating in Amsterdam is a real treat.

Shop the Amsterdam Street Markets

Stock up on fresh produce, cheese, and other food, as well as souvenirs and gifts at the Albert Cuypmarkt. Or dig for the perfect find at the I-J Hallen vintage market.

Appreciate Art

Amsterdam is home to so many art museums, from the “big ones,” like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum to lesser known gems like the Museum Willet-Hothuysen and the Foam Photography Museum.

Swing Out Over Amsterdam

For a thrill, try riding the swings found on the observation deck on the new A’DAM Tower. Or just marvel at the beautiful 360° views of the city.

The Latest from Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Art in Amsterdam

by Charlotte

As my last month in Amsterdam begins, I've become incredibly nostalgic; I think back on my first week here and can't believe it was just three months ago. But that nostalgia is also bringing in a new feeling: one rooted in a panic that I won't get to see and do all the things I have on my Amsterdam bucket list. The type of attraction most popular on my list is, of course, the plethora of museums that Amsterdam has to offer. From the Rijksmuseum to the smaller galleries my studio art class has toured, Amsterdam is home to both famous and relatively unknown artwork. With my Museumkaart (Museum card) provided by IES Abroad, I have free access to most of the museums in the city (and in the rest of the Netherlands as well). Crossed off my bucket list are the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk, MOCO, Museum of Jewish History, the Van Gogh Museum, the NEMO Science Museum, the Kattenkabinet (a cat museum!), the Anne Frank house, and the numerous galleries my art class has taken field trips to. Though not all of these places are formally art museums, each place displays incredibly beautiful and informative works that leave their audiences thinking and feeling deeply. Still left to explore are the Tropenmuseum, the Eye Film Museum, the Foam Photography Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Holocaust Museum. The gallery below is made up of photos of works I've seen in Amsterdam over the past three months. 

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Amsterdam

€250, 6 Days, and 3 Countries

by Charlotte

When an opportunity to see Eastern Europe's three most beautiful cities on a budget come up, you don't ignore it—or at least I simply couldn't! The International Student Network at Universiteit van Amsterdam offers an annual trip to Prague, Budapest, and Vienna over the Easter weekend in April, and when I saw the price, I couldn't resist signing up. I signed up, however, knowing very little other than the locations, the dates, and the price. The trip that resulted was like nothing I've ever experienced before. I'll admit, upon hearing that we'd be traveling between each city by bus for 9 to 15 hours per trip, I shouldn't have been surprised. But I was. Despite the cramped, long, and often unpleasant traveling between the cities, the trip itself was really special. We began in Prague, where we explored the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, the various Synogagues, the John Lennon Wall, and Prague Castle. We feasted on Czech sausages, chimney cakes (SO many chimney cakes), local beers, and other street foods. After two days in the Czech Republic, we moved on to Budapest. In Budapest, our hostel was centrally located by the Bascilica, and being Easter weekend, we were treated to beautiful music flooding from the church's doors each morning. We took a ride on the Budapest Eye ferris wheel, admired the parliment building, and stumbled through the famous ruin bars. We crossed the Chain Bridge from Buda to Pest, where we unwound in the famous Gellert baths and wandered through the castles. After a glorious three days, we set off for Vienna. Unfortunately, it was Easter Monday, so many main attractions were closed for the holiday. We still made our own fun, though, as we visited Saint Peter's church, tasted treats at an Easter market, and partook in the Viennese tradition of having afternoon coffee and cake. I'll admit, by the end of our day in Vienna, I was anxious to get home to Amsterdam. As we boarded the bus for our 15-hour bus ride home, I realized I had endured (and enjoyed) a trip much longer, fuller, and more exhausting than one I had ever taken before. And for that, I'm proud of myself. 

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12 Gifts for Students Studying Abroad

Our recent alumni shared their thoughts on the best gifts for students studying abroad, and we complied it into a helpful gift guide. Enjoy!.

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"I have become more confident, independent, and culturally aware. I will treasure my experiences in Europe for the rest of my life."

Caitlin S. (Amsterdam - Social Sciences & Humanities)