The IES Amsterdam program takes advantage of this city's unique balance of history and contemporary culture, offering students the chance to independently structure their studies at the well-established University of Amsterdam that values (and demands) creative and innovative thinking.
The Law & Criminology program is designed for students who are especially interested in continuing on to law school after graduation, this program approaches Law from an interdisciplinary perspective to give students a broad understanding of comparative international law. Students enroll in the IES Abroad co-sponsored Seminar on Law & Legal Practice in an International & Comparative Perspective, worth 6 credits, and three 3-credit Universiteit van Amsterdam Law-related courses. Students receive a total of 15-17 credits.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Students are required to register for a minimum of 15 credits/30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) per semester. Students can register for a maximum of 17 credits/34 ECTS. 1 ECTS = 0.5 PSU credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Amsterdam Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Junior class standing or higher at time of study
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live in a spacious studio student apartment. The apartment has its own kitchenette so you will be responsible for providing your own meals. Students can also eat in student canteens and restaurants. Most of the rooms will be shared with others, however some single rooms are available for an additional fee.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet or the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
?One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.