Each year, VU University Amsterdam welcomes many students from all over the world to Amsterdam. Our aim is to create a multicultural atmosphere in which Dutch and international students grow both academically as well as socially. We offer a wide variety of courses from different faculties in English.
VU University Amsterdam offers exchange programmes for students from partner universities for one semester (5 months) or two semesters (10 months). The first step is to contact the International Office of your home university/faculty as your home university formally has to nominate you for the exchange programme.
Please note that we expect all exchange students to have an excellent command (both written and verbal) of the English language.
Upon receiving your nomination, we will send you instructions on how to finalize your online application.
Your nomination must be received by our International Office:
- before April 1st (for a stay during autumn/winter semester, meaning between 1 September and 31 January; or a whole academic year, meaning between 1 September and July/August), or
- before October 1st (for a stay during spring semester, meaning between 1 February and July/August)
After the nomination, you will have to apply online as soon as possible but at the latest:
- before April 15th (for a stay during autumn/winter semester, meaning between 1 September and 31 January; or a whole academic year, meaning between 1 September and July/August) or
- before October 15th (for a stay during spring semester, meaning between 1 February and July/August)
Note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
More information about nomination & application
VU University Amsterdam offers about 300 Bachelor’s courses in English. Open this document for a full list of courses (pdf). At some faculties, Master’s courses are open for exchange students.
More information about courses
Accommodation & visa
Once your application has been accepted, we will send you more information about how to apply for accommodation and visa. Although we will do our very best to offer you a room, please note that we cannot guarantee housing for all exchange students.
More information about accommodation & visa
If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Study abroad & Amsterdam Summer School
If you are currently studying at a university that does not have an exchange agreement with VU University Amsterdam, we offer the possibility to apply as a Study Abroad student. Study Abroad in Amsterdam offers 2 programme types: the Semester in Amsterdam programme and the Amsterdam Summer School, which gives you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or during the summer.
More options to study at VU University Amsterdam