Fees, Discounts and Scholarships

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Fees, Discounts and Scholarships

The tuition fee of a two-week course is €1150. This tuition fee includes:

  • Airport pick-up service
  • Course excursions
  • Orientation programme and welcome
  • On-site support and 24/7 emergency assistance
  • A transcript of records and certificate of attendance after completing the course
  • Meal vouchers to be spent at the university restaurant for either lunch or dinner
  • A discounted access to our sport facilities
For an additional fee students can add social programme activities and accommodation. Travel and living expenses are not included.

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers the following discounts:

  • Early Bird Discount*
    €150 discount for all students who apply for 1 course and pay before 15 March, 23.59 CET
  • Partner and VU Alumni Discount       
    All students from partner universities of VU Amsterdam and alumni of VU Amsterdam Summer School receive €250 discount on the tuition fee 
  • Combination Discount 
    €250 discount when you apply for 2 courses
  • VU student and staff discount
    €450 discount if you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam

    * Early Bird Discount cannot be combined with the partner discount.

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers  three kinds of scholarships: 1. the Academic Scholarship, 2. the Photographer Scholarship and 3. the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship. More information about these scholarships can be found below. Please be aware that you can only apply for the scholarship after we have received and accepteyour application!

1. Academic Excellence Scholarship

In order to apply for a scholarship, you need to fill out our online scholarship application form  before 1 April. This is only possible after we accepted you to the summer school. For your scholarship application we request the following:

  • An essay which expresses your motivation and activities to make a positive contribution to your community/the society (350-500 words). Please indicate:
    -    Why participation in this specific VU Amsterdam Summer School course is relevant to your personal, professional, and academic goals;
    -    How you will use this knowledge to make a positive impact in the future for yourself and your community.
  • A recent transcript of records (a printscreen is sufficient) which shows you have a grade point average of at least 85%. For example, if the highest possible mark is a 10, you need to have an average of at least an 8.5. We will take into account the differences in grading cultures.
  • Professional Letter of Reference Including:
    -    His/her experience working with you (either in an academic, professional, or volunteer setting)
    -    His/her motivation for recommending you for the scholarship
    -    Complete contact information 

The Academic Scholarship covers the tuition for one course (€1150) and accommodation in one of our accommodation options (if needed). 

Application procedure

Please submit the following form and upload the needed documents.

The results of the scholarship selection will be announced mid-April. Since we have a limited number of scholarships available for a large number of applicants, we suggest - if possible! - to complete your payment at the time of your course application to guarantee your place in the course. However, if you are not able to come without the scholarship, you can just wait until the announcement. If you would like to come, regardless of whether you will be granted the scholarship, it is best to secure your place in the course by completing your payment. If the scholarship is granted to you, the tuition and accommodation fee will be reimbursed.

2. Photographer Scholarship

What do we offer:

  • €500 discount on tuition fee
  • All social activities for free (but must take photos)

What do we expect from you:

  • Photos of your time at VU Amsterdam Summer School
  • Running the official VU Amsterdam Summer School Instagram page (together with other scholarship winners)
  • Participation in the social programme (free of charge)
  • Attending the photographer/videographer kick-off meeting

Application procedure
Please send a short video where you introduce yourself (approx. 30 seconds-1 minute) and some examples of your photo work to amsterdamsummerschool@vu.nl, please use 'Photographer Scholarship' as subject line. It is important to bring your own camera to Amsterdam. Deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.

3. Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship

What do we offer:

  • €500 discount on tuition fee
  • All social activities for free (but must take videos)

What do we expect from you:

  • Five vlogs of your time at VU Amsterdam Summer School
  • One final video covering: day in the life, your experience at VU, favorite place in Amsterdam, what do you do in your free time, etc.
  • Running the official VU Amsterdam Summer School Instagram page (together with other scholarship winners) 
  • Participation in the social programme (free of charge)
  • Attending the photographer/videographer kick-off meeting

Application procedure
Please send a short video where you introduce yourself (approx. 30 seconds-1 minute) and some examples of your video work to amsterdamsummerschool@vu.nl, please use 'Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship' as subject line. It is important to bring your own camera to Amsterdam. Deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.


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