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Program Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33001
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2018 08/19/18 to 12/22/18
Past Dates
Spring 2018 01/28/18 to 06/02/18

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


According to Lonely Planet, 'Amsterdam combines a huge case of big city exuberance with small-town manageability. Amsterdam's quintessential Dutchness shines through: the 17th- and 18th-century architecture, the fleets of bicycles, the tree-lined canals and scattered parks all contribute to the mood of the city.' The Dutch are known for their openness and tolerance which has helped give Amsterdam its reputation as a place for experimentation in the arts, social welfare, environmentalism, and lifestyles.

The IES Amsterdam program has several different academic options:

  • Study in Amsterdam (general studies)
  • Law & Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academie (art & design school)

Because Dutch is not frequently studied outside of the Netherlands, mastery of English is a core feature of Dutch education and many people in Amsterdam speak fluent, colloquial English. Dutch universities have sought to attract international students by offering courses taught in English in a variety of fields. The University of Amsterdam and Gerrit Rietveld Academie (art school) offer students the chance to integrate academically and culturally with the Dutch people without prior study of the Dutch language.

The IES program in Amsterdam offers students the opportunity to select from a broad variety of courses at the University of Amsterdam. Students have access to university facilities including the libraries, computer rooms, student restaurants and canteens as well as memberships in student clubs and sports teams. Students can enroll in courses taught in English in the humanities, social science, law, and economics.

This page's dates and fees are referring to the the Study in Amsterdam program option. Students wishing to participate in IES' other options in Amsterdam, such as enrolling in courses taught at any of the other local universities, should check the IES web-site for any varying dates, fees, and/or additional expenses.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.



The program is open to all undergraduate students with junior or senior status when the program begins. Courses are not open to sophomores. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

Applicants for the Gerrit Rieveld Academic should have a strong background in art or design. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio on slides or on CD-Rom along with a short explanation of the content of their work and a description of the program that they would like to pursue as part of their application and the reasons why they choose to study at the Rietveld Academie. A portfolio on CD-ROM must be printed out. Sketches and concepts and ideas, which have not fully been developed, may also be sent. After the portfolio is reviewed, IES will arrange for a video conference interview over the Internet with a group of tutors in Amsterdam. Please note the earlier application deadlines below, check the program dates on the IES website (the GRV has a longer semester than the University of Amsterdam), and be aware of the additional charges to participate!

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK & PSY (HHS)

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee includes tuition and on-site orientation for the Study in Amsterdam program. Students applying for other program options in Amsterdam should check the IES website for exact fees.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2018

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$14,745.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,600.00
Local Transportation$450.00
Books and Supplies$350.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

NOTE: Students interested in applying for the spring Psychology & Sciences program need to apply by September 1st.
Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin