Fees and Scholarships

All inclusive

The 2017/2018 costs for the Semester in Amsterdam programme are as follows:

Tuition Autumn/Fall Semester 2017€6.795
Tuition Spring Semester 2018€6.795
Tuition Academic Year€12.650
Housing Costs Per Semester 2017-2018, not included in tuition:
  • Option 1: De Boelelaan; on campus private room with shared bathroom and shared kitchen
  • Option 2: Hotel Jansen; off campus private room with private bathroom and shared kitchen
  • Option 3: Student Hotel West; off campus private room, private bathroom, and shared kitchen
  • De Boelelaan: €4.000
  • Hotel Jansen: €4.800
  • Student Hotel: €5.300
Visa/residence permit costs, not included in tuition€350


Airport pick-up

On arrival day, you will be met at Schiphol Airport and brought to your choice of accommodation. 

Introduction and arrival programme

Your first few weeks in a new country are often the most memorable. We ensure a warm welcome by providing a full arrival and introduction program consisting of social, cultural, and practical activities covering everything from opening a Dutch bank account to exploring the city center.

Social programme

Exclusively for Semester in Amsterdam students, we organize cultural outings throughout the Netherlands over the course of the semester. Examples include the Anne Frank house, International Peace Palace, Royal Palace, and more.

Dutch buddy

There is no better way to instantly meet local students than by joining our buddy program. You will be matched with a VU Amsterdam student who can introduce you to the Dutch way of life and act as a peer resource. The buddy program also has its own schedule of social events including karaoke nights and international dinners. 

On-site support

Studying abroad is a one-of-a-kind adventure. But adjusting to a new country can also bring some challenges, which is why you have access to a wide range of support during the programme including academic services, psychological and counseling services, and cultural adjustment support.

Library and IT services

Your VU Amsterdam student card will give you access to the university's extensive library collection and study areas as well as Wifi and IT support.

Official transcript of records

Once you have fully completed all courses you will receive an official transcript of records.

24/7 Emergency Assistance

All students are provided with emergency contact information for on and off campus assistance.
Type of applicantPayment plan
Applying via a partner university or provider
Your payment will be coordinated by your university or provider

IndividualOption 1: One payment, due May 1 for fall applicants and November 1 for spring applicants, whereby students pay the full program fee 45 days after acceptance. Guarantees a €200 discount.Option 2: Two payments, whereby students pay €2.500 45 days after acceptance and pay all remaining fees at least one month before arrival in Amsterdam.


Due to administrative costs related to the visa procedures and housing arrangements the following fees will be charged in case of cancellation:

Spring SemesterAfter 1st DecemberAfter Arrival
Cancellation Fee€ 1000,-No refund
Fall SemesterAfter 1st JulyAfter Arrival
Cancellation Fee€ 1000,-No refund


We offer financial support in the form of three scholarships, available in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Each scholarship is worth €2,500/semester.

  • Blogger scholarship
  • Photographer/videographer scholarship
  • Diversity scholarship

Detailed descriptions can be found on the application page

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

One VUFP scholarship is reserved for an applicant who previously completed a semester or full academic year abroad at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam via the Semester in Amsterdam program and is now applying for a full time Master's programme at VU Amsterdam. Students who are not selected for the scholarship reserved for Semester in Amsterdam alumni can still be considered for a normal VUFP scholarship. Please refer to the VUFP page for application instructions.