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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The Amsterdam: Sciences, Global Health, and Interdisciplinary Studies program offers you an immersive cultural and academic experience at the internationally-recognized Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam).

Program learning objectives:

  • Strengthen your liberal arts education through the international and interdisciplinary approach of the VU Amsterdam curriculum.
  • Advance your understanding of how issues in the fields of earth and life sciences and global health require international collaboration.
  • Develop your understanding of the history of the Netherlands and current social, political, economic, and cultural forces that support the country’s leading role in the European community.

When you complete the program, you should be able to apply knowledge and skills gained from courses offered in the VU Amsterdam curriculum, practice research in an intercultural and international environment, and identify some of the ways that the Netherlands participates in and contributes to both European and global movements.