Courses

First step in your study abroad planning
Choosing your curriculum is the first step in your study abroad planning. Semester in Amsterdam offers students two options:
  1. Choose from over 350 English-taught Bachelor courses and Master courses which can be combined from different disciplines. Please refer to our Course Selection Process.
  2. Choose a set combination of courses in one specific field, known as a Minor programme. Minor programmes are only available in the fall semester.

Students are also welcome to select honors courses, Dutch electives, and can even extend their time abroad by staying for a VU Amsterdam Summer School course. Learn more below.

Minors are a set combination of courses in a specific feld. There are certain advantages to choosing a Minor:

  • Students gain specialized knowledge in the chosen field of study;
  • Students can immediately finalize their study plan, because courses within the Minor never conflict in the timetable meaning that once students are accepted to the Minor programme they are guaranteed to be able to follow all courses in the Minor;
  • Minors show a focused area of study, so you can list them on your CV;
  • Students will follow all of the Minor courses with the same Dutch and international students, thereby increasing the likelihood of cross-cultural contact.

Please refer to our complete overview of all Minors.

If you do not choose to follow a minor programme (only available in the fall semester) then please refer to the Course Selection Process for advice on choosing classes and structuring your semester. You can choose from over 350 English-taught Bachelor and Master courses.

Students can choose to follow a Semester in Amsterdam elective which spans two periods and is offered in the early evening hours. Choosing an elective would allow students to skip period 3 or 6 and return home in December or May as opposed to January or June. The electives run from September-December and February-May and are as follows:

Qualified students can take honor courses. Students need a minimum grade average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (comparable to an 'A' on a European ECTS scale) to qualify. Students must include a motivation letter in their application for the honors course(s) of their choosing.

During the Fall 2017 semester we offer the following Honors Courses

Do you wish to extend your time in Amsterdam? The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers interactive small-scale courses with maximum 25 students per course. Summer courses are designed to provide an intensive, in-depth look at your topic of study. You will engage in discussions with a unique group of peers from all parts of the world. 

The Summer School provides you with the same accommodation as the Semester in Amsterdam programme, meaning you can stay in your choice of accommodation.

All Summer School courses include built-in excursions to museums and institutes such as the Anne Frank House and the International Criminal Court. Personal guidance by your instructors and a stimulating cultural environment provide an engaging experience. A social programme is available if you wish to explore more outside of the course.

Interested? Learn more