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Amsterdam: Sciences, Global Health, and Interdisciplinary Studies at VU Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Study at a dynamic, international university that’s paving the way for advancements in the sciences. In Amsterdam, you’ll choose among courses in a variety of disciplines while experiencing daily life immersed in Dutch culture. 

Dive into the sciences at a top tier university

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) is known for its excellence in a variety of science programs, and international students make up about 10 percent of the university’s student population. As you immerse yourself in coursework at VU Amsterdam, take the time to get involved in your new community!

Develop your Dutch language skills

Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands. Although English is also widely spoken, you’ll be able to engage with the culture on an entirely new level by taking a semester-long Dutch language and culture course.

Embrace the gezellig lifestyle

The Dutch use a special term to describe an abstract sense of pleasantness. Though almost impossible to translate into English, you’ll experience gezellig at every turn as you explore the many facets of this fascinating European city.

Begin your adventure

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Fall semester (late August–early December)

Who can apply

Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university

Host institution

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (or VU Amsterdam)


Recommended credit is 15 semester credits or the equivalent.

  • Four elective courses
  • Dutch language and culture course
  • Independent study project (optional, for additional credit)


VU Amsterdam student housing

Language requirement

No prerequisites. Except for the required Dutch language course, all classes are conducted in English.

Application deadlines

Fall 2017 deadline

March 15, 2017

Fall 2018 deadline

March 15, 2018

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.


Marlee Stein
Off-Campus Study Program Coordinator
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5933

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