All You Need to Know

The choice to study abroad is a big decision followed by many more small, but significant, considerations. Where will I live? What courses will I take? Do I need a visa? How much will it cost? What is the application process like? The first step is to gather as much information as possible. We are here to help! Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions!

Do you have questions about the upcoming semester with regard to the coronavirus outbreak? Please see vu.nl/coronavirus and click on the link for international students.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the world’s top 100 research universities. More than 1000 English-taught courses are available in nine different faculties. Located in Amsterdam’s southern business district, a multicultural and creative environment, the university is just 15 minutes from the city center by bike.

Academics at VU Amsterdam likely differ from your home university. Want to know more about how the academic calendar, credit system, and instruction style works?

Learn more about education at VU Amsterdam.

Every year students from around the world with a variety of backgrounds study at VU Amsterdam as Semester in Amsterdam students. Want to know more about their experiences? Here you can find videos by our fabulous videographers, our student blogger, and the contact information of our student ambassadors.

Learn more from previous students.

We guarantee furnished accommodation to all students who apply on time. Additionally, Semester in Amsterdam is now offering the option to stay with a homestay family for a semester!

Read more about our housing options.

Your first few weeks in a new country are often full of daunting and exhilarating experiences. This is also a great time to explore the city and make new friends. In order to help you navigate this fun and exciting time, we organise a full orientation programme and schedule of cultural excursions throughout the semester to help you explore the ins and outs of Dutch culture. All costs for the orientation and Semester in Amsterdam social programme are included in the programme costs. Additionally, each semester we organise one pay-for trip abroad to another city in Europe!

See full programme overview.

Depending on your nationality, you may be required to obtain an entry visa and/or residence permit. If this applies to you, our staff will apply for your visa/residence permit on your behalf after you have been accepted. If you are coming with a partner or children then we can may also be able to apply for a visa on your family's behalf. Check what applies to you.

All individuals living in Amsterdam are required to register with the municipality regardless of nationality. You can find more information here.

In order to make sure your semester goes as smoothly as possible, there are several practical mattes which should be taken care of before and after arrival. We are here to help you with each and every process!

Find a Complete List Here.

Still have questions? Please check our Frequenty Asked Questions page first. If you still cannot find the answer to your question, you can always e-mail us at [email protected].

Check the Frequently Asked Questions Page.