Program Details

Program Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33001
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/26/25 to 05/30/25
Fall 2024 08/18/24 to 12/21/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/28/24 to 06/01/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



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.

This webflyer is referring to the Amsterdam: Social Sciences & Humanities program.

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 offers 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 Social Sciences & Humanities program option. Students wishing to participate in IES' other options in Amsterdam should refer to the webflyer for those programs instead.

Please note this program has an earlier application deadline than most. Late applications cannot be considered, so serious applicants should take note of the deadline. 

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



The program is open to Purdue students in good standing with junior or senior status by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

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: PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students will take 15-18 credits per semester. Courses will be either at the IES Study Center or at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA). For more details on academics and courses please click here.


Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

The program will offer several excursions, which may be day or overnight trips. Please see the IES website for more details.


IES arranges housing in studio apartments for accepted students with two students sharing an apartment, or for an additional fee students can opt to live in a deluxe residence hall (single room with a private bathroom). More information can be found on their website. 

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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 Amsterdam: Social Sciences & Humanities program. Students applying for other program options in Amsterdam should check the IES website for exact fees.

There is an additional $400 fee per block to enroll in the optional Dutch course, and upgraded housing options for an additional fee. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $17,309.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $5,595.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,800.00
Local Transportation $490.00
Visa $250.00
Books and Supplies $110.00
Meals $4,700.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,200.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

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

Program Application Deadline
Fall Semester Feb 1
Spring Semester Aug 24

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