Semester in Amsterdam

Why study in Amsterdam?
Welcome to the world’s most diverse city!  With residents hailing from over 180 countries, Amsterdam is considered to be one of the most multicultural cities in the world.  Amsterdam's welcoming atmosphere and tolerant society is the true definition of the Dutch word "gezelligheid.”

Don’t speak Dutch?  Don’t worry!  English is the unofficial second language and is widely used all over Amsterdam.  With 75 world-renowned museums, more than 350 festivals a year, and a 17th century canal ring which is now a UNESCO world heritage site, Amsterdam is a bustling cosmopolitan city with a small-scale feel which offers something for everyone.

Why the Semester in Amsterdam programme?
The Semester in Amsterdam programme is an all-inclusive non-degree programme for students wishing to study in Amsterdam for one semester or a full academic year. Through the Semester in Amsterdam Programme, applicants gain the freedom to select their own courses or follow a cohesive minor. Applicants choose from 350+ English-taught courses in seven faculties. Our on-site advisors will guide you through the application, pre-departure, and arrival process. Whether you need help selecting the right courses, adjusting to the Dutch academic system, or integrating into local life, we are here to help!

Why Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam?
With its excellent educational and research programmes, VU Amsterdam brings together talented individuals in a wide range of disciplines from many different countries and is a recognized research university with a centralized campus. Located in the southern business district, a multicultural and creative environment, the university is 15 minutes from the city center by bike.

*Please note that the Semester in Amsterdam Programme is separate from the Exchange or Erasmus Programme at VU Amsterdam. More information about the Exchange Programme at VU Amsterdam.

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? We are here to help!


Choosing your curriculum is the first step in your study abroad planning.

How to apply

Depending on your affiliation, you will follow a certain application procedure. Check below to see which applies to you.


We are very pleased that you are interested in our programme - should you have any questions about the Semester in Amsterdam programme please feel free to contact us!