CIEE Amsterdam Social Sciences
About the Program | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Eligibility
About the Program
The CIEE Abroad Amsterdam programs take advantage of this city’s unique balance of history and con-temporary culture, offering you the chance to independently structure your studies at well-established academic institutions that value (and demand) creative and innovative thinking. CIEE offers a number of courses, taught in English, for visiting American students along with a Dutch language course that all Tulane students are required to take. Additionally, CIEE facilitates student enrollment in courses at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
The Universiteit van Amsterdam, founded in 1632 to educate students in trade and philosophy, is one of Europe's leading research universities. The University reflects Amsterdam's diverse, multi-cultural mi-lieu. The University enrolls 25,000 students. It belongs to the League of European Research Universities and maintains intensive contact with universities all over the world.
Amsterdam is a progressive city defined by its cutting edge contributions to the arts, business, politics, and social policy. Students who are eager to take an independent, fresh look at the world and at them-selves will thrive on this program. As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam has a central place in European economic, political, and cultural history. Yet, the city is far from frozen in time—some of the most forward-looking socio-political policy in the world originates here.
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study
The CIEE Social Sciences program at the University of Amsterdam was established in 1993. The CIEE program falls under the College of Social Sciences (CSS) which offers Bachelor’s level programs in English. CIEE students have choices among a number of humanities and social sciences courses. CIEE students also have access to regular UvA courses taught in English if they meet the course prerequisites.
Each semester begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE in Amsterdam. It includes a welcome canal cruise, an academic orientation, an introduction to Amsterdam and Dutch society and culture, a ‘survival’ Dutch lesson, and excursions in and around Amsterdam. During the orientation, CIEE students have the chance to meet each other and learn more about Amsterdam, CIEE, and the University. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Most classes offered at the University of Amsterdam are small in size, consisting of 30 students or less. Most meet twice a week: once for a two-hour lecture and once for a two-hour seminar or discussion class.
Classes comprised of so many different nationalities offer a wide range of perspectives. This diversity enables students to analyze and discuss issues from multiple viewpoints. Participation in the CIEE Study Center at the University of Amsterdam not only helps students develop a better comprehension of Europe in an international comparative perspective, but also enhances their ability to communicate with people from other countries, important in light of today’s globalization and increasingly international work environments.
When studying at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, students should anticipate that faculty will expect greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment than at their home universities. Courses stress critical thinking and writing. Students are strongly encouraged by Tulane to enroll in at least one Dutch Language course. For the remaining courses, students enroll in a combination of CIEE and university courses.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art, History, Sociology, Dutch Language, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, International Relations, Communications, International Development, Political Science, Urban Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Film Studies, Political Economy.
Tulane students will enroll at the Universteit van Amsterdam and select from courses taught in English, which they will take alongside local university students. This integration will facilitate your immersion in Dutch university life. Beyond the classroom, CIEE provides opportunities for students to learn about Dutch culture, through language exchange programs, volunteer activities and guided city tours. The UvA International Student Network (ISN) helps bring visiting American students into the larger international student body at the university, as you will be matched with an ISN coach and student group, based on your interests and major field of study. These initiatives help students “hit the ground running” to become immersed in Dutch life as soon as you arrive in the Netherlands.
Students are placed in single rooms in UvA or private residence halls, which have private or shared showers and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are all within a reasonable commute by foot, bike, or bus to the UvA and the center of Amsterdam. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at cafeterias and UvA restaurants, at restaurants throughout Amsterdam, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities. All residence halls have RAs who take care of minor housing issues and organize activities throughout the semester.
A limited number of homestays with Dutch families are also available. This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion in the local culture. The student has a furnished room and shares a kitchen, bathroom, and living area with the host family. Housing includes breakfast daily and at least one other meal per week with the family. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.
CIEE Amsterdam Social Sciences Program Website Page
Universiteit van Amsterdam
UvA International Student Network Webpage
CIEE Syllabi Page (Search for Amsterdam Social Sciences)
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