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 faculties. 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.

Semester in Amsterdam programme is non-exchange and is therefore a fee-paying programme. Our costs are all-inclusive: airport pick-up, furnished accommodation, arrival and introduction program, a Dutch buddy, an extensive social programme, and an official transcript of records are all included. Our on-site advisors will guide you through the application, pre-departure, and arrival process. Whether you need help selecting the right courses, adjusting to the Dutch academic system, or integrating into local life, we are there to assist you.

As a Semester in Amsterdam student you will study at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, a recognized research university with a centralized campus. Located in the southern business district, a multicultural and creative environment, the university is 15 minutes from the city center. 25,000 students study at VU Amsterdam, 14% of which are international.

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. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Who is eligible?

  • Students from universities that are not partnered with VU Amsterdam, i.e. "free movers" or "direct enrollments"
  • Students who do not 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

Standard admission criteria:

  • Bachelor applicants must be at least in their second year. Master applicants must have a completed Bachelor degree. Applicants not currently enrolled at a university should have completed at least a Bachelor degree.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 American scale; comparable to an A or B average on the ECTS system.
  • Official English language test scores for non-native English speakers are only required for students who want to take Master-level courses: TOEFL score paper based 580, computer-based 232, internet-based 92, or IELTS 6.5.

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.