Courses

We offer a variety of course packages in different faculties as well as the option to mix and match courses from different packages. You may also choose to add a Dutch elective course to your schedule. Our dedicated staff is here to help you throughout the course selection process. Please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail with any questions you may have about the course selection process at [email protected].

We offer course packages in five different fields of study:

  • Computer Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Business and Economics

Students may choose from any of the courses listed in each packet; however, we do not recommend taking more than 6 ECTS per period (most often equal to one course). Students must take a minimum of 12 ECTS and a maximum of 24 ECTS per semester. Most courses occur only in one period, but it can happen that a course will occur in two periods. If you have a course which occurs in two periods, this means the course is spread out and you will thus likely meet less times per week than other courses.  

You can find all of the courses available to Gap Year students via these lists. When choosing courses, please make sure you refer only to the courses found via these links. Other courses found via the regular VU Amsterdam Study Guide are not available to be taken as part of the VU Amsterdam Gap Year Experience.

All listed courses are based on the study guide from 2019-2020. The courses will be updated once the new study guide for 2020-2021 is published online (at the end of June).

FALL SEMESTER COURSES (August - January)

FIELD OF STUDYPERIOD 1 AND PERIOD 1 + 2 COURSESPERIOD 2 COURSESPERIOD 3 COURSES
Computer Science
Earth & Life Sciences
Social Science
  • N/A
Humanities
Economics

SPRING SEMESTER COURSES (February - June)

FIELD OF STUDYPERIOD 4 AND PERIOD 4 + 5 COURSESPERIOD 5 AND PERIOD 5 + 6 COURSESPERIOD 6 COURSES
Computer Science
  • N/A
Earth & Life Sciences
Humanities
Economics
  • N/A

ACADEMIC YEAR FIXED TRACK: ECONOMICS (August - June) 

This course package lasts the full academic year and cannot be modified, meaning it is not permitted to mix and match with other packages. Please choose 12 - 24 ECTS of the courses listed below for each semester.

FIELD OF STUDYPERIOD 1 COURSESPERIOD 2 COURSESPERIOD 3 COURSESPERIOD 4 AND PERIOD 4 + 5 COURSESPERIOD 5 COURSES
Business and Economics




Students can choose to follow an elective Dutch course which spans two periods and is offered in the early evening hours. Both Dutch elective courses occur once during each semester. You can find more information about each course below.

  • Discover the Dutch - Includes both culture and language components. 
  • Imagining the Dutch: Themes in Dutch History: Culture based (no language component).

In addition to choosing a course package, students also have the option of creating their own course schedule by choosing individual courses from different course packages. Please keep in mind that you must still meet the background requirements for each of the courses you choose to take. Please only choose courses from the packages listed above.