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Studying abroad can enrich your life in many ways. Besides being an unforgettable adventure, research has shown that most employers highly value a study abroad experience. Find out if a course at the VU Amsterdam Summer School is the right option for you. 

This summer the programme consists of 3 blocks of 2-week courses. You can combine courses to create a 4 or 6-week programme.

Dates 2017

  • Block 1: 8 to 22 July 
  • Block 2: 22 July to 5 August
  • Block 3: 5 to 19 August
The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers two different housing options. Housing at 'Uilenstede' - university campus housing- and housing at Hotel Jansen. Hotel Jansen is a small-scale student hotel with excellent facilities, located nearby the university. Housing at Uilenstede has limited availability. Make sure to apply and pay in time if you prefer this option!
Every year students from all across the globe with a rich variety of backgrounds visit us. Learn more about Amsterdam and the university by their experiences.

The tuition fee for a two-week course will range between €1000 and €1150. This includes:

  • Airport pick-up service
  • Course excursions
  • Goodiebag
  • Orientation programme
  • On-site support
  • 24/7 emergency assistance 
  • A transcript of records after completion of the course

All courses offer at least one excursion. Please see the course descriptions for the exact tuition fee details.

Excluded from the tuition fee are:

  • Social programme activities. A great way to get to know your fellow students and experience more of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. 
  • Costs for housing. Starting at €450 for 14 nights for university campus housing at Uilenstede
  • Travel and living expenses such as: plane tickets, public transport costs, food and drinks.

The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers the following discounts:

  • Early Bird Discount 
    Discount of €150 for students that apply and pay before 15 March, 23.59 Central European Time (cannot be combined with the Partner Discount).
  • Partner Discount       
    All students from partner universities from VU Amsterdam are entitled to a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating in the online application form that you are currently studying at one of our partner universities (cannot be combined with Early Bird Discount).
  • Combination Discount
    €100 discount when you apply for 2 courses, €200 when you apply for 3 courses. The Combination Discount will appear automatically in your online application form and is always granted on top of other discounts.

The VU Amsterdam Summer School has 10 scholarships available that cover the full tuition fee of one course. This is €1000 or €1150 depending on the course of your choice (housing and social programme activities not included). The scholarship is intended for excellent students who contribute to the diversity within the courses. Please be aware you can only apply for the scholarship after we have received and reviewed your application and you are accepted for the course of your preference. Students who apply for a scholarship need to have a Grade Point Average of at least 80% of the highest possible mark (calculated over previous or current degree). For example, if the highest possible mark is a 10, you need to have an average of at least an 8. We will take into account the differences in grading cultures.

In order to apply for a scholarship, email the following to before 1 April, 23.59 Central European Time: 

  • An essay which expresses your motivation in a maximum of 800 words (2 pages). Please indicate why participation in this specific summer course is relevant for your personal and academic development. Since diversity is an important criteria in our scholarship, make sure to include the following three points in your essay: 
  1. Describe your experiences with interacting in an intercultural setting. In your description, point out how you have developed intercultural competences (such as intercultural sensitivity, intercultural communication skills etc.) through these experiences (max. 200 words). 
  2. Give an example of how you have been involved with social justice issues. This includes, for example, the empowerment of marginalized groups, diversity education, different forms of activism and advocacy etc. (max. 200 words).
  3. Elaborate on your current or previous commitment to service in your community/society, including your motivation for commitment (max. 200 words).

For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity includes (but is not limited to) ethnic, religious, gender, socioeconomic, sexual and cultural diversity. The results of the scholarship selection will be announced by mid-April. Since we have a limited number of scholarships available for a large number of applicants, we advise you to complete your payment at the time of your course application to guarantee a place in the course of your choice. If you are granted the scholarship, the tuition fee will be reimbursed. If it is not possible for you to join the summer school without a scholarhips, no worries: all scholarship winners are guaranteed a place in the course of their choice. 

Learn everything you need to know about our entry requirements and how to apply
Besides the course excursions included in the tuition fee, the VU Amsterdam Summer School offers a social programme from which you can make your own selection of activities. A great way to get to know your fellow students and to explore more of the city and the Netherlands. 
Some students may require an entry visa (or Schengen visa) to the Netherlands, depending on their nationality. Make sure to check the list of countries whose citizens need an entry visa (or Schengen visa) for the Netherlands as published on the website of the Government of the Netherlands. If you are not required to apply for an entry visa, you are free to enter and stay in the Netherlands for 90 days. You can also travel in the Schengen area, which includes most European countries. If you do require an entry visa, you should apply by handing in a visa application form to the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country. You can apply for a visa once you have received the summer school acceptance letter.

We always give a 100% refund in case your visa gets rejected. We do require a copy of the rejection letter issued by your local embassy. Please be aware it is your own responsibility to make a visa appointment in time. Enquire with your local embassy if it is possible to finalize your application well in time before the start of your course. When time constraints are the reason for not obtaining a visa, we follow the normal cancellation policy.

Currently the VU Amsterdam Summer School team consists of Eva Janssen (Director) and Mihaela Tuballa (trainee). You can reach us at:

Skype: VU Amsterdam Summer School - by appointment, email first
Telephone: +31 20 59 86429

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