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CIEE Business and Culture Program in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Areas of Study: Accounting, Economics, Finance, General Business Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Academic Level: Junior Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:


Home to the stock exchange, central bank, and the head offices of numerous Dutch and international Amsterdam is not only the financial heart of the Netherlands but the perfect site to study to the increasing complexity of global business.

Through language study, coursework and internship opportunities, the Business + Culture program at the University of Amsterdam explores the theories and tools used by academics and professionals alike to contend with today’s economic questions.

Study abroad in Amsterdam and you will:
  • Gain an insider’s perspective on how business is done in the Netherlands and the European Union; visit Dutch and international companies and enhance your resume by taking advantage of an internship
  • Take a wide range of high quality courses in business, economics, and/or finance
  • Study Dutch language and integrate into the Dutch and international student community through the International Student Network, interest groups and weekend homestays.
  • Live in an accessible, multicultural European capital city, explore the region through program excursions, and cruise around the city on your bike
The CIEE Difference


Take advantage of extensive course offerings and local faculty at the University of Amsterdam. Subjects include: Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Behavioral Economics, Advanced Corporate Finance, E-Business and Market Management

Excursions + Company Visits

Explore unique destinations within and around the Netherlands. Excursions include a visit to another historical Dutch city, an overnight trip to either Schiermonnikoog island (a UNESCO world heritage site), or a Dutch or other Low Country city such as Rotterdam, Maastricht, Luxembourg, or Brussels; a visit to the site of a typical Dutch product (a cheese farm, flower industry, or the Delta Works that protect the Dutch countryside from the sea); and a visit to a cultural venue such as a ballet or soccer match.

As part of an optional Internship course, there are guided company site visits to allow study abroad students to explore various Dutch businesses and their practices. Company visits may include: KLM; Philips Electronics; and a behind-the-scenes tour to Albert Heijn (the Netherlands’ top supermarket chain). All Business and Culture program students are invited and encouraged to participate in these visits.

Cultural Immersion

The CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam aims to provide an insider’s perspective that most people, both locals and tourists, never see. For students interested in experiencing Dutch culture more in-depth, students have the option of participating in a CIEE-organized day and overnight stay with a host family outside of Amsterdam, included in the program fee.

You’ll also have several volunteer opportunities which allow you to connect and give back to your host community. CIEE Business and Culture study abroad students can participate in Amsterdam Schools interest group where you’ll help disadvantaged primary school children from Moroccan and Turkish descent with their English language skills. There are also one-day volunteer events several times per semester in which CIEE students can participate.

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours. + (EXPAND)
Most University of Botswana courses are 45 contact hours with recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours but may range from 2–4 semester/3–6 quarter hours and 30–60 contact hours per class.

Program Requirements

Study abroad students take either three courses worth 6 ECTS (3 U.S.) in block 1 and 2 courses worth 6 ECTS (3 U.S.) in block 2 to total 30 ECTS (15 U.S.) credits or the reverse, taking 3 courses in block 1 and 2 courses in block 2. All students are required to take either the CIEE course Dutch Culture, or an UvA Dutch language course as described below. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that all students have a minimum of academic content specific to the Netherlands.

Dutch Language Courses

Dutch courses are offered at all levels through the Dutch as a Second Language Institute of the UvA (INTT). CIEE recommends 3 U.S. credits for each level. While Dutch is not required, it is strongly recommended, particularly for academic year students and students in homestays. Upon arrival, students with previous Dutch study take a placement test to determine their level (see course levels and descriptions in the courses section).

About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is full of life, day and night, with world-renowned museums, art galleries, music, opera, theater, and dance. It is a truly international and multicultural city. Amsterdammers are easy-going and welcoming to foreigners, and English is the unofficial second language. With over 750,000 inhabitants, Amsterdam offers the advantages of a cosmopolitan center with a small-town feel. Because the city is so compact, bicycles are the most convenient means of transportation; in fact, bicycles outnumber the people in Amsterdam!

Where You’ll Study

The University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) dates from Amsterdam’s heyday in the 17th century when the city was one of the world’s most important ports and trading centers. The Athenaeum Illustre, which later became the University of Amsterdam, was founded in 1632. The University is spread out over various parts of the city center and is situated in old buildings and in modern high rises. UvA has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students and a strong commitment to international education, as reflected in its international student body and curriculum.

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. 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 FEB 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 Dutch culture. The student has a furnished room and shares a kitchen, bathroom, and living area with the host family. The homesteay includes breakfast daily and at least one other meal per week with the family. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.

Academic Program

The CIEE Business and Culture study abroad program is designed for students who are majoring or minoring in business or economics and considering a career in the business world or who plan to explore graduate studies in business or pursue an MBA. Students can take courses from the areas of Business Studies, Economics, or Economics and Finance, either pursuing courses in one of these tracks or choosing courses from multiple areas. Of the 300 students in the Faculty of Economics and Business Bachelor’s program, approximately 75 percent students are international and 25 percent are Dutch. The program is fully taught in English, giving CIEE students the opportunity to interact with Dutch and other international students on issues relating to business and economics.

Academic Culture

Students from the U.S. may notice a substantial difference between the educational style employed in their own countries and that used in the European system.

The European educational system allows students a high level of individual responsibility and initiative. Developing an independent and critical way of thinking is strongly encouraged. This academic environment will be part of the challenge for visiting students at the UvA.

The University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Economics and Business (and many other of its faculties) divide each semester into two eight-week blocks. FEB courses take place only during one block. All courses are 6 ECTS (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours U.S.).

Average class size at the FEB is approximately 75 students in the lectures and 40 in the tutorials.

The University of Amsterdam operates on a semester calendar, with each semester consisting of two consecutive eight-week class periods. The University’s fall semester runs from the end of August to the end of December, and the spring semester runs from the beginning of February to the beginning of June.

The CIEE Study Center office is located on the Roetersstraat on the eastern side of the city cross from the Faculty of Business and Economics.

This program is currently not accepting applications.