What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Amsterdam:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • VU Scholarship Opportunities

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.

Student Residence


Students looking to stay abroad with other international students and get the benefits of shared living should pick this housing option. Students will be placed in a hotel-like building in a furnished private room. The room includes a bed, desk, chair, and shelves. The residence has ample communal space inside and outside, study spaces, shared laundry facilities, and a shared kitchen with other students on your floor.


  • VU Amsterdam: 20-40 Minutes by Public Transportation




  • Single, private room

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Closet / Dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Shared living space – Indoors and Outdoors
  • Private or shared bathroom (depending on availability)
  • Shared laundry facilities
  • 24/7 onsite security
  • Secured bike parking
  • Gym membership

Session Available

  • Semester




CEA Students have the option to stay with a Dutch family while abroad in Amsterdam. Get the insider local’s perspective and even practice your Dutch language skills while getting a truly personalized experience of day-to-day living. Houses are easily accessible to VU Amsterdam by bike or public transportation. Each student is guaranteed a private bedroom with internet, a bed, a wardrobe, and a desk. Students have access to the kitchen and are invited to have dinner with the family once a week.


  • VU Amsterdam: 30-45 Minutes by Public Transportation


  • One dinner per week (optional)


  • Single Room
  • 1 -2 Students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared living space – Cable TV
  • Shared - co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Closet / Dresser
  • Desk and chair

Session Available

  • Semester



One of the benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to explore your host country and surrounding destinations. Excursions are offered for all semester and summer programs; you’ll receive a calendar of available excursions during orientation. Here are a few past excursions.

Located in the center of the Netherlands, Utrecht is the capital city of the country’s second smallest province. As a long-time religious center, this is the perfect place to explore a medieval town, canals, cathedrals, museums of religious art, and a monastery. Waiting outside the city center is a fantastical castle with an actual moat and extensive landscaped grounds just waiting to be explored.

This city situated in the Dutch province of South Holland is known for the oldest university in the country. Leiden University was founded in 1575, and is home to the famous Leiden Botanical Garden, where the tulip was first introduced to Western Europe. This city has a wealth of museums, classic windmills, gothic Churches, and an old fort from the 11th century to experience.

Travel down to the southernmost tip of the Netherlands to explore the city of Maastricht. Walk down the cobblestone streets of this medieval town and take in the vibrant, student-centric cultural scene. From boutique shops to incredible restaurants, from imposing gothic architecture to an 18th century military fort and World War II era network of caves, this city has a lot to offer. With fascinating influences from neighboring Germany and Belgium, this city will give you a broader European experience.

You can’t visit the Netherlands without taking a trip just outside Amsterdam to the city of Haarlem. While it used to be a major trading port, this city remains famous as the center of the flower-growing district. Feast your eyes on the fields upon fields of tulips, the incredible art museums, and the old defensive city wall. Music lovers can’t miss visiting an organ played by Handel and Mozart, and history buffs will need to check out a museum which preserves a hiding place for Jews in World War II.

Can you think about Holland and not picture the intricately designed, hand-painted, blue and white pottery? Look no further than the canal-ringed city manufacturing these incredible pieces. Once home to the royal House of Orange and host to dozens of museums, there is something for everyone to explore in Delft.

Cultural Engagement

CEA offers a variety of local immersion activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges, or something entirely different, our resident staff helps you get involved in the local culture.

Anne Frank House
Step back into history and experience World War II through Anne Frank’s eyes and words. This museum used to be her father’s business and the Frank family home.

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens
A public park and showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, these gardens are home to over 7 million spring-flowering bulbs.

Tuschinski Theater Tour
Considered one of the most beautiful movie theaters in the world, Tuschinski is a feast for the eyes even if you never see a show there. Tour through an amalgam of architectural and interior design styles that includes Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Amsterdam School and Asian influences.

Royal Palace Tour
One of three palaces in the Netherlands, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam was built during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.

Artis: Homosexuality in the Animal Kindgom
In one of the most LGBTQ friendly countries in the world, the Amsterdam Royal Zoo hosts specific guided tours to discuss homosexuality in the animal kingdom.

Other Opportunities

VU Amsterdam Scholarship Opportunities
VU Amsterdam offers 3 scholarships each semester to study abroad students. CEA students are eligible to apply for a Blogger Scholarship, a Photographer/Videographer Scholarship, or an Academic Excellence Scholarship. Check out the scholarship page here for application deadlines and requirements.

Mobile Journalist Program
Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program
Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

What Our Student Said

To Get the Best Experience
Be open minded and indulge yourself into the culture to get the best experience!

Alyssa Tome
Mt. San Antonio College,
Fall 2018, amsterdam

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