Science, Liberal Arts & Business Courses with Locals

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Science, Liberal Arts & Business Courses with Locals

  • Location

    Amsterdam

  • 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

    Fall 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    Aug 17, 2024 - Dec 21, 2024

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 15, 2024

  • Credit

    24 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $22,450

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Study Abroad Program Description

In this interdisciplinary and academically rigorous program, you will have the opportunity to study alongside Dutch and other international students for a semester or full academic year at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Course offerings are highly specialized, focusing on research methodology across various disciplines including earth and life sciences, business and economics, social sciences, and humanities.

VU's academic year is divided into six intensive "periods", or blocks, with the option to take two or three classes per period. Please find below the breakdown of these periods within ISA's program offerings*:

Fall 1: Periods 1-2 (Mid August - Mid December)
Spring 1: Periods 4-5 (Early February - Early June)
Academic Year: Periods 1-5 (Mid August - Early July) 

*These are the general timelines for VU's respective periods, but they are subject to change from year to year. Exact program dates will appear on our website as they are confirmed by the host university.

All students will make course selections upon application to the program. This is a tentative selection, as enrollment is not confirmed until VU confirms that the stated pre-requisites have been met.

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.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must hold a Sophomore standing or above during term of study.
  • The following application materials are required to complete your application: valid passport copy, photo, VU application form. Please contact ISA if you expect any issue in receiving your passport before the application deadline. 

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

Housing

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

ECTS Credits

24 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 22

Academic Information

 

Course Availability

  • The courses listed below are based off of last year’s course offerings and ISA will inform students of course updates as they become available.
  • 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 and there will be an add/drop period on-site.
  • Additional upper division courses may be available.
  • Students are expected to complete self-study hours every night 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.
  • It is recommended that students take only two courses during the initial period of their time abroad, allowing more time to adapt to the differing academic structure and lifestyle.
  • Students choosing the 1A programs should be especially mindful of the condensed academic structure, requiring flexibility with the differing academic culture and a highly disciplined study schedule.
  • To avoid scheduling conflicts VU recommends that, whenever possible, students register for classes within the same faculty (department) during the same period.
  • VU has identified various tracks, which they call minors, and are a combination of five related courses to be taken within one semester. Enrolling in a track will evade scheduling conflicts and ensure course continuity.
  • 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.
  • Academic Year students will take courses in periods one through five. There may be the option to add a sixth period, please contact the Program Manager for more information.
  • If you have not taken a Dutch language course before or do not have experience in the Dutch language, it is highly recommended for you to take the course Discover the Dutch (3 credits).

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 for every 6 ECTS. 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.

Honors Courses

  • High-achieving students participating in this program may enroll in honor courses.
  • These courses are smaller, more intensive, and discussion-based.
  • Interested students will submit a motivation letter and must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and should reach out to the Amsterdam Program Manager.
  • Requests for detailed course description can be made to the Amsterdam Program Manager.

Courses

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Period 1
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
Climate Science
AB_1102
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Geo Data
AB_1086
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Behavioral and Human Movement Sciences
Analyses Toolbox
P_BANATB
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
Calculus 1
X_400635
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
3 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Business and Economics
Accounting II
E_EBE2_ACC2
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Health Economics
E_EBE3_HEC
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Macroeconomics II
E_EBE2_MACEC
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Social Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Humanities
6 ECTS Credits
Ancient History I
L_GOBAGES102
3 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Epistemology
W_BA_EPEN
6 ECTS Credits
3 ECTS Credits
Exhibition Machines
L_AABAMKD201
6 ECTS Credits
3 ECTS Credits
Film and Media History
L_AABAMKD202
6 ECTS Credits
French 1
L_AABAGES213
6 ECTS Credits
Global English
L_ETBAETK209
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Great Minds I
W_BA_MND1
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Literacy Development
L_AABACIW204
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Literary Theory
L_ELBALES101
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Moroccan Arabic 1
L_AABAGES211
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Spanish 1
L_AABAGES214
6 ECTS Credits
Theory of History
L_GCBAGES218
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Honors Courses
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Period 1 + 2
Faculty of Sciences
Analysis I
X_400641
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Linear Algebra
X_400649
6 ECTS Credits
Measure Theory
X_401028
6 ECTS Credits
Number Theory
X_400632
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Statistics
X_400004
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Rings and Fields
X_400630
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Business and Economics
Econometrics I
E_EOR2_TR1
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Social Sciences
Period 2
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Toxicology
AB_1277
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Behavioral and Human Movement Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Research Toolbox
P_BRESTBX
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Sciences
Calculus 2
X_400636
6 ECTS Credits
3 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Business and Economics
AI for Business
E_MUM_AIBI
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Empirical Economics
E_EOR3_EEC
6 ECTS Credits
Empirical Finance
E_EOR3_EFIN
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Finance
E_IBA2_FIN
6 ECTS Credits
Finance II
E_EBE2_FINA2
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Marketing I
E_EBE1_MRKT1
6 ECTS Credits
Marketing II
E_EBE2_MRKT2
6 ECTS Credits
Microeconomics I
E_EBE1_MICEC
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Organization Theory
E_IBA1_ORGT
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Ancient History II
L_GOBAGES103
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Ethics
W_BA_ETEN
6 ECTS Credits
3 ECTS Credits
French 1
L_AABAGES213
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Great Cities
L_KBBAMKD204
6 ECTS Credits
Great Minds I
W_BA_MND1
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
History of Emotions
L_GABAALG004
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Literacy Development
L_AABACIW204
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Moroccan Arabic 1
L_AABAGES211
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Spanish 1
L_AABAGES214
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Theory of History
L_GCBAGES218
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
World History 500-1800
L_GABAGES127
6 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

SUPPORT TEAM

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

Dana Guthrie

Program Manager, The Netherlands

AMSTERDAM TEAM

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 (accessibilityteam@studiesabroad.com) 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 diversity@studiesabroad.com for more information.

Funding

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 higheredfinaid@worldstrides.org

Housing

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

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is a unique yet charming cosmopolitan city and the heart of international affairs, home to the European Union, the UN, the European Parliament, and NATO. Multicultural and multilingual, Brussels is the perfect example of a global society that has managed to retain its own distinct personality. You will visit historical landmarks around the city like the Royal Palace, St. Michael's Cathedral, and the famous Mannequin Pis. Downtown, you will find quaint alleys lined with picturesque restaurants, delicious sweets shops, cute boutiques, and cafés galore.

Domestic Day Excursion

ISA will provide a day trip within the Netherlands. Possible excursion locations include The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam. Locations will be determined on-site depending on scheduling availability as well as student preferences.

Zaanse Schans

The historic and well-preserved village of Zaanse Schans offers a glimpse into what life was like in the Netherlands during the 18th and 19th centuries. Located along the Zaan River and lined with iconic windmills, Zaanse Schans is a charming city where you will learn about how windmills were used to fuel a variety of industries. On this excursion, you will have a guided tour of the city and will visit the Zuiderzee Museum of cultural heritage and maritime history.

VU Domestic Excursion

Each semester, VU facilitates a mandatory overnight excursion within the Netherlands. This takes place during the first week of the program and is included in the program price. Possible destinations include Friesland, Maastricht, Leiden, Slot Assumburg, or Efteling.

VU International Excursion * Optional

Each semester, VU facilitates an overnight excursion outside of the Netherlands. This is an optional excursion and is offered for an extra fee. Possible destinations include Munich, Luxembourg City, or Antwerp.

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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