Amsterdam

 The Spring 2015 application is now closed. For Fall 2015, please check back in January 2015.
Spring 2015 Program Dates: January 25 - May 30, 2015

Program
Through the Council on International Educational Exchange and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC students from all majors study at the University of Amsterdam and may earn 15 USC units. You may visit the University of Amsterdam's English website to learn more.

Location
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.

Curriculum
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 4 to 12 units of upper-division COMM credit. There is no guaranteed minimum for approved COMM courses offered in Amsterdam during any given semester.

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.

Housing
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.

Admission Requirements
Students from all majors are eligible to apply. Students must have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 and, starting with the Fall 2014 program, minimum junior standing at the commencement of the program is required.
Non-Annenberg students must seek departmental approval for courses taken for major/minor credit. It is the student's responsibility to inquire with their non-Annenberg academic adviser regarding major credit approval.

Estimated Costs
For Spring 2015, the ESTIMATED cost of the program is $30,009. 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.

NEW 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.