Multi-Disciplinary Studies with a Fieldwork Component

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Multi-Disciplinary Studies with a Fieldwork Component

  • Location


  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) was founded in 1880 and is one of the top research universities in the Netherlands with an AACSB accredited business college. There are over 23,000 students at VU and hundreds of courses taught entirely in English. There are many international students and faculty, creating a diverse and globally-minded learning environment. Some popular areas of study at VU are earth and life sciences, behavioral sciences, business, economics, social sciences, and humanities.VU was the first university in the Netherlands to be established without ties to the church or the state. This legacy is maintained as it still operates unconventionally, determining its own areas of research as well as creating unique study programs and specialized pedagogical models. VU encourages a student-centered teaching style where you will be given opportunities to develop your opinions through creative and critical thinking. All academic programs are housed at VU's main campus in the Zuid district, Amsterdam's business center. It is a beautiful, modern campus with student housing and many facilities including computer labs, fitness centers, a green office, and even a bike repair shop. The VU campus is well-connected to public transportation; it is only a 15 minute train ride to downtown and an eight minute train ride to Schiphol Airport.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jul 06, 2024 - Jul 20, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 05, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2024

  • Credit

    3 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

In this interdisciplinary and academically rigorous program at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), you will take an intensive, in-depth look into your chosen course of study. All classes are instructed in English with other international students. Course offerings are highly specialized, focusing on research methodology across various disciplines. Each course also has an experiential learning component. You will use Amsterdam as your classroom as labs, field trips, and other activities facilitate deeper engagement with course material.

You will make course selections upon application to the program. This is a tentative selection as admission into all courses is dependent upon approval by the host university; VU will vet your completion of the stated pre-requisites before granting admission to a course.

VU follows a modular academic structure. The summer is divided into two sessions (called blocks) which are each two weeks in length. You will take one course during each block that correspond with the program title. 

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must hold at least a Sophomore standing at the time of study.
  • You must submit a recent resume and letter of intent before your application is considered complete. 

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Full-Time Resident Staff

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits


Contact Hours


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Availability

  • This program is primarily for Juniors and Seniors. There are a few courses for Freshman and Sophomore level students, look for "Beginner" in the course description.
  • All students are required to indicate course selection upon application to the program. This is a tentative selection as all course eligibility will be determined by VU.
  • Students are expected to complete self-study hours in order to keep up with class material.
  • Requests for detailed course descriptions can be made to the Amsterdam Program Manager.

Course Selection

  • Eligibility for courses is dependent upon the fulfillment of the posted pre-requisites. Please note that local VU students are on an academic track very different than in the US; they do not take general education courses and are often at a higher level of study than their US counterparts within the same discipline.
  • All course selections are dependent upon approval from VU.
  • The academic structure at VU is different than in the US with exams totaling up to 100% of final grade. Please consider each course’s assessment techniques as you make your course selection.

Course Credit and Transcripts

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • ISA recommends 3 U.S. semester credits/4.5 quarter units per 45 contact hours. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university. 
  • Upon program completion, students will receive an official transcript issued by VU.  The transcript will reflect ECTS credits for all courses taken.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
International Students
Taught In English
3 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 ECTS Credits
46 Contact Hours

Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Drew Beasley

Program Manager, The Netherlands


Lindsey Turneau

Resident Director, The Netherlands

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the local lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will commute to your host university by public transportation or bike. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

While in Amsterdam you will be housed at an apartment-style student residence. The location may vary and will be in the greater Amsterdam area, accessible via public transportation and/or bicycle. Bedrooms and living spaces may be individual or shared, depending on availability.

You will pay a $300 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount. 

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



Excursions are not included in this session, however, while you are abroad, you will have the opportunity to take part in cultural activities offered by the ISA resident staff.

Cultural Activities in Amsterdam

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Amsterdam. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Amsterdam special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a walking and canal tour of the city, cheese and wine tasting, tour of Dutch National Opera and Ballet, stroopwafel tasting, and attending a classical musical rehearsal concert at the Royal Concertgebouw.


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