Amsterdam - Social Sciences & Humanities
Our Study in Amsterdam Program takes advantage of the city's unique balance of history and contemporary culture, and lets you structure your studies at the prestigious Universiteit van Amsterdam and at the IES Abroad Center. Several courses include hands-on components to help you explore the city of Amsterdam and its surroundings while learning about the city's past and present.
Amsterdam will be your classroom. With an important place in European history, the city is far from frozen in time--many forward-looking public policies originated here. Study the history of Amsterdam by visiting some of the city's historic spots, including Anne Frank's home and the Rembrandt House.
Explore the city's well-known museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum, to find out more about this diverse culture. Welcome to study abroad!
Known for its liberal views and open-minded attitude, the residents of Amsterdam welcome you to this cozy city. You'll adore the lovely canals and old European charm that make up the enchanting city of Amsterdam. Because the city planning hasn't changed much since the 19th century, you'll appreciate the architecture and historic homes that color the city. And you can't leave without seeing the windmills!
We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.
scholarships & Aid
IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $5 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application.
Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1
The IES Abroad Difference
We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true… But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s
a pretty extraordinary thing.
- 135 Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
- 33 Global Locations
- Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
- Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
- $5+ Million in Scholarships and Aid
- Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
- 70 Years of Experience
About IES Abroad
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception.
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The IES Amsterdam Program takes advantage of the city's unique balance of history and contemporary culture, and lets you structure your studies at the prestigious Universiteit van Amsterdam and at the IES Abroad Center. Several courses include hands-on components to help you explore the city of Amsterdam and its surroundings while learning about the city's past and present.
Amsterdam will be your classroom. With an important place in European history, the city is far from frozen in time--many forward-looking public policies originated here. Study the history of Amsterdam by visiting some of the city's historic spots, including Anne Frank's home and the Rembrandt House. Explore the city's well-known museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum, to find out more about this diverse culture.
IES offers unique courses that explore Dutch language, culture, and the arts. UNC Study Abroad offers the following IES programs in Amsterdam:
Social Sciences & Humanities (semester and academic year)
The world-class professors and course options at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) enhance the academic experience and provide new perspectives each day in class. Students enroll in 15–18 credits per semester. UvA courses and IES Abroad courses are worth up to 6 credits each. Visit the IES program page
for course listings and more information.
Students build their schedule from the following required and optional components:
- One or more Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) courses (at least one UvA course is required, credits vary)
- One or more IES Abroad course(s) - (optional, credits vary)
Amsterdam Direct Enrollment - Conservatorium van Amsterdam (semester and academic year)
for more information.
Society, Culture, and Gender (summer)
The IES summer courses explore the themes of gender and sexuality through an in-depth and interdisciplinary approach. Students enroll in two 3-credit courses in a variety of disciplines, all taught under the shared theme of Gender Studies. Visit the IES program page
for course listings and more information.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses
(not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
student housing options details are available on the IES website. Options include international student apartments, shared studios, and private student residences.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- There are instructions on the UNC application page how to proceed with the IES application.
- In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access