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.
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.
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.