Semester in Amsterdam

at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Semester in Amsterdam programme welcomes Bachelor and Master students to study in Amsterdam. Applicants can spend a semester or full year abroad and are directly enrolled at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We accept:

  • Students from universities which do not have an exchange partnership with VU Amsterdam, often referred to as free mover students;
  • Students from universities who are not eligible to qualify for their university's exchange partnership with VU Amsterdam;
  • Students from providers and partner universities;
  • Individuals not currently enrolled at a university but seeking academic or professional development opportunities. 

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a historic city buzzing with energy. Residents hail from over 180 countries, making Amsterdam one of the world's most diverse cities. Featuring the perfect balance between creativity and coziness, Amsterdam's warm atmosphere and open society is the true definition of Dutch "gezelligheid." This European capital is considered a safe and friendly city in a country where English is widely spoken.  

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the world’s top 100 research universities. More than 350 English-taught courses are available in seven different faculties and you will receive an official transcript of records after completion of your courses. Located in Amsterdam’s southern business district, a multicultural and creative environment, the university is 15 minutes from the city center.

Our costs are all-inclusive so you can focus on the things that really matter during your time abroad. Whether that is selecting and registering for the right courses, improving your language skills, or integrating into Dutch life, we are there to assist you. Every aspect of the study abroad experience is included: free aiport pick-up service, convenient on and off campus accommodation, full arrival program, and an extensive social programme with cultural outings exclusively for Semester in Amsterdam students.

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!