IES Abroad Amsterdam Study Tour on the European Union: History, Politics, & Policy

Study Tour
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Single Term

About the Program

For two weeks, you explore, analyze, and discuss the European Union’s unique economic and political partnership, building an understanding of the complex inner workings between its 27 member states. At the heart of this program is an introduction to the history and political system of this bloc, which has delivered over half a century of peace, stability, and prosperity. You gain a detailed overview of its most important institutions and their interactions, you dip into policymaking, and you build a practitioners’ view of European integration, the functioning of the EU, and the challenges it faces.

Guest lectures and workshops at the IES Abroad Amsterdam Center

Robust academic content delivered by experts in EU history and politics

Day trips to Brussels and The Hague, the epicenters of the EU

A friendly city with a warm welcome for visiting students

Summer 2024 Study Tour
Program dates:
July 15 - July 27
Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
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Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Housing:
Group Housing
Visa Required:
Maybe

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About the University

About IES Abroad Amsterdam Center

Amsterdam’s IES Abroad Center takes you to the enchanting heart of local Amsterdam, to a welcoming part of the city. Here, at your study abroad hub, you meet friends for life and dive into European charm. In this renovated 1930’s clothing factory, history hangs on the walls. And as you study in the well-equipped classrooms and student library or hang out with friends new and old in the lounge, you look over one of the canals at the epicenter of the Amsterdam experience.

Courses

Academics

Rigorous coursework will provide an overview of the European Union and further examine its origins, institutions, and policy processes. You will participate in theoretical and policy-related discussions about the EU and obtain a practitioners’ perspective on European integration, the organization’s political and economic functions, and the challenges it faces. With your classmates, you’ll work in small groups to create and present your own policies which follow the EU’s distinctive framework of policymaking. 

Site Visits, Workshops & Guest Lectures

Your learning will go beyond the traditional classroom, with a series of site visits, workshops & guest lectures. These interactive learning components will enhance your understanding of the EU and sharpen your public-speaking and presentation skills.

Day Trips

Day trips will take you into the very heart of the EU, with visits to governmental and education entities in Brussels and The Hague. These excursions will explore the inner workings of the EU and the unique dynamic between the organization and national governments.

Cultural Activities

To give you time to digest the academic elements of the program, IES Abroad staff will organize unique cultural experiences and share their local knowledge, so you can explore Amsterdam.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements of the program—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by the program, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You will need to supply additional information throughout the process, and our helpful team will alert you via email or your MyIESAbroad Student Portal whenever this is necessary.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

Each study tour has slightly different language requirements, based on the complexity of the program content. The language requirements for this program are one of the following:

  • CET-4 (China): 493
  • CET-6 (China): 450
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 105
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • TOEFL: 79 iBT
  • TOEIC: 685

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Summer 2024 Study Tour

Program dates:
July 15 - July 27
Application Deadline:

Housing Information

You will stay in a fully-furnished single-occupancy room at a residence hall within a 30-minute commute of the IES Abroad Amsterdam Center. Your accommodation will be equipped with a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, gym, laundry, 24-hr reception and much more!

About Amsterdam

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Why Amsterdam

Firmly facing the future, Amsterdam is an innovative, creative city that draws on its learnings from the past to carve an exciting path forwards. Its canal cruises, flower markets, and outstanding museums are fantastic to explore, and the quirky, laidback lifestyle is something everyone should experience at least once.

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The Student Experience

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

Before You Leave

Your study abroad experience starts well before you travel. We talk through your program choices, guide you through application, and support your preparations for leaving

On Arrival

We’re by your side from the moment you arrive, for campus orientation, getting you to your accommodation, and helping settle

Get Acclimated

The SAF Staff on the ground will introduce you to the details of your itinerary and explain where and when you eat, how to see a doctor or a dentist, which bus or train to catch. They have all the answers, just ask!

Learn by Doing

Academic experts guide you through a learning by doing experience, blending culture with best pedagogic practice to support your coursework and development and to help you retain knowledge.

Keeping You Safe

We enroll you in the SAF emergency alert system, so you hear safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your tour group will share in the arranged social and cultural events as well as hands-on learning, so you have many opportunities to collaborate with other international SAF Scholars, experience the destination you’re in, and build friendships for life.

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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