Short programmes

Summer school

Spend your summer in Amsterdam, studying a challenging and interdisciplinary topic. Our summer school offers small-scale courses offered in a wide range of disciplines. The courses are taught by excellent academics, all connected to VU Amsterdam. Participating in the Amsterdam Summer School will give you a great opportunity to further develop your academic career. You will study together with a diverse group of peers, while spending time in an academically inspiring and cultural environment. The courses will include excursions to a museum or institute, such as the Anne Frank House and the International Criminal Court. You can participate in additional social activities to get to know your fellow students, the beautiful city of Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

Semester in Amsterdam

The Semester in Amsterdam programme welcomes students from all years of Bachelor's degree study. Students can spend either one semester or a full year abroad and are directly enrolled at VU Amsterdam. We warmly welcome free movers/individual applicants, or groups of students from partner institutions or via study abroad providers.

Graduate Winter School

Improve your research and communication skills in our intensive trans-disciplinary courses for Master students, PhD candidates and professionals. In the one week course you gain a decent amount of credits in a short period of time, while making yourself more attractive for future employers. Research has shown that most employers highly value added study initiatives. Find out if a winter course at VU Amsterdam is the right option for you.

Secondary courses and minors

VU Amsterdam offers the possibility to follow secondary courses (bijvakken) or just a minor even if you are not a VU Amsterdam student but are enrolled at another Dutch university.

Minor and secondary courses application procedure