Semester in Amsterdam

at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Semester in Amsterdam programme welcomes Bachelor and Master students to study at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for a semester or full year abroad. Applicants can choose from 350+ English-taught courses in seven faculites. Semester in Amsterdam students do not complete a full degree at VU Amsterdam: as a Semester in Amsterdam student you can take courses that count towards part of a degree at your home university or prepare you for future studies, jobs, and professional development opportunities.

Who is eligible?

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

Semester in Amsterdam program is non-exchange and is therefore a fee-paying program. 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, guaranteed furnished accommodation, full arrival program, a Dutch buddy, advising support, and an extensive social programme with cultural outings exclusively for Semester in Amsterdam students. You will also receive an official transcript of records after completing your courses.

As a Semester in Amsterdam student you will study at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, one of the world’s top 100 research universities and Amsterdam's only campus university. Located in the southern business district, a multicultural and creative environment, the university is 15 minutes from the city center. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is a historic city buzzing with energy. Residents hail from over 180 countries, making Amsterdam the world's most diverse city.

Featuring the perfect balance between innovation and coziness, Amsterdam's warm atmosphere and tolerant society is the true definition of Dutch "gezelligheid." This European hub is considered a safe and friendly city in a country where English is widely spoken. No matter what you like, you are sure to find it in Amsterdam.

We look forward to meeting you!

Do you want to apply for a full degree at VU Amsterdam? Then check out our English-taught Bachelor's degrees or Master's degrees.