The Fall 2015 application deadline has passed.
Please check back in August 2015 for Spring 2016 application information.
Please note that Spring 2016 will be the last semester the Amsterdam program is offered.
Through the Council on International Educational Exchange and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, communication majors have the opportunity to study at the University of Amsterdam while earning Communication credits. You may visit the University of Amsterdam's English website to learn more.
The University of Amsterdam has different departmental buildings and libraries located around the historical part of the city, which is well known for its beautiful old houses and canals. This permits the students to visit many areas of Amsterdam on a weekly basis, depending on their class schedule.
Over 250 courses taught in English are offered in Communication and other disciplines including art history, economics, natural sciences, philosophy, psychology, international relations, political science, gender studies, sociology and others. Students will be required to enroll in one CIEE course, as well as three UVA courses. The University of Amsterdam places a great deal of emphasis of independent course readings and study; students must be self-motivated and disciplined to ensure academic success in the program. To learn more about the specific courses offered by the Council program and by the university, please visit the CIEE website.
Communication students can typically earn between 3 to 12 units of upper-division COMM credit. There is no guaranteed minimum for approved COMM courses offered in Amsterdam during any given semester. Students may earn a maximum of 15 units in Amsterdam.
Student Life & Activities
Complementing the fall semester program is a field trip to NATO and the European Parliament in Brussels, while in the spring semester there is a two-day trip to Antwerp, Bruges, and Ghent, Belgium. During the 2-day orientation period, there will be a trip to northern Holland to visit typical Dutch towns. Through the International Student Network, students may also sign up for additional local excursions and regional trips for a nominal fee. One-day or weekend service projects are highly encouraged and coordinated by CIEE.
Students live with a local host family or in an international student dormitories located throughout central Amsterdam. Students may access classes, shopping centers, grocery stores and museums by bike and foot. Students are assigned to furnished single rooms with shared facilities.
Starting with Spring 2016 this program is only open to communication majors and the GPA requirement has increased. Students must have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.5 to apply. Minimum junior standing at the commencement of the program is required.
For Fall 2015, the ESTIMATED cost of the program is $39,012. This includes tuition, housing, health insurance, round-trip airfare and personal expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc).
Financial aid and tuition remission may be applied.
CIEE Scholarship Opportunity: Global Access Initiative (GAIN)- CIEE launched GAIN to help overcome the main barriers to study abroad, namely, the challenges of cost and curriculum requirements. GAIN will aide in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, or underrepresented fields of study.
CIEE is providing one million dollars each year through grants and scholarships to expand access for students for full-year, semester, and summer study abroad programs. GAIN will also provide grants and scholarships to students who are selected as awardees by the highly respected Benjamin A. Gilman and David L. Boren Scholarship programs.
For more information on GAIN, visit their website.