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UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: U.Va. applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2018-2019 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fall Semester 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Apartment, Off-campus Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
American Studies, Anthropology, Art - Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Sciences, European Studies, Film Studies, Global Development Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Media Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Other Languages and Literature, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:


University of



The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a long history. It evolved from the Athenaeum Illustre (1632) and now, with more than 30,000 students, just under 5,000 staff and a budget of almost 500 million euros, it ranks among the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. It belongs to the League of European Research Universities and maintains intensive contact with universities all over the world.

At the UvA, education and research are conducted in the seven faculties: the Humanities, the Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, the Natural Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry.

The UvA has a broad academic curriculum. UvA staff publish about 7,500 academic articles anually. The University's academic research is at the top of the international league in many respects, and the applied research programmes are often of an interdisciplinary nature and are frequently focus on social issues.

The UvA aims to offer an inspiring, broadly-oriented international academic environment where both staff and students can develop their capacities optimally. The UvA is characterised by a critical, creative and international atmosphere, and is open-minded and strongly engaged with society. Because the UvA is located in both historic and modern buildings spread throughout Amsterdam, the University forms an integral part of the city.

The city of Amsterdam features as one of the world's 15 best places to live in Mercers 2008 "Quality of Living Survey". In the 2008 pan-European "International Student Barometer", 96% of UvA students polled were 'very satisfied' about safety, and 96% said it was 'the place to be'.

Amsterdam is well connected for travel to the rest of Europe with excellent links to the rest of world.

The city has long been a cultural and commercial crossroads and gives students access to all the arts, entertainment and social possibilities of a capital city.

The International Student Network (ISN)
The International Student Network - Amsterdam (ISN) is part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), which has over 100 branches across Europe. It is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1997 by Dutch students of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, to assist international students in finding their way around the university and the city. The ISN-A tries to reach this goal by focusing on a wide array of activities.

At the beginning of each semester, the ISN organises an introduction period for all newly-arrived international students studying at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. This introduction period includes various activities in order to get familiar with the city of Amsterdam and meet other students. Examples could be a guided tour of the city of Amsterdam and the main university buildings, sports activities, museum visits and various evening activities. The introduction finishes with a huge party. If you are interested in participating in the introduction period and want to sign up, please visit or drop by at the ISN office.

During the introduction period, the ISN organises an official welcome to the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Several speakers, such as a member of the board of the University, will inform you about the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam and the Netherlands and its culture.

Besides the introduction periods, the ISN organises various activities for international students, such as movie nights, excursions, parties and weekly drinks. A calendar of upcoming activities may be found on the web site and more information about activities is also given in a weekly electronic newsletter. Lastly, ISN has a bimonthly magazine called The Insiders, to which the international students are encouraged to contribute.

To assist exchange students in finding accommodation, the university has signed an agreement with a housing corporation. Various types of housing are available: shared accommodations, private accommodations with shared facilities and private accommodations. Student housing is scattered throughout the city and sometimes even outside of Amsterdam in neighboring towns such as Diemen and Amstelveen. The University of Amsterdam office of International Student Affairs will arrange and guarantee housing for students who participate in exchange programs: students will indicate their housing preferences through an online housing form. Rent can vary between 375 and 650 Euros per month. Students should also budget an additional 400 to 500 Euros per month for living expenses.

Dutch Language Courses
Each semester the university's Institute for Dutch as a Second Language (INTT) offers extensive courses for international students at all levels (absolute beginners, beginners, intermediate, advanced). The costs for the course must be paid in advance, but students will receive a full refund of the costs upon successful completion of the course. Intensive Dutch summer courses are offered before the beginning of the academic year, but this pre-exchange language program has to be financed by the student. More information can be found on the INTT website.


International Student Information
International student homepage

Course information
2017 - 2018 Global Exchange Information Sheet

3.0 GPA; 3rd and 4th year students only

Fall Semester: September - late January*
Spring Semester: early February - late June

*Each semester at UvA has 3 blocks, the third block generally being used for make-up exams. So, while the fall semester runs till late January, it is possible (and likely) exchange students will finish before Christmas time.

Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program.

Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the exchange fact sheet above and read through the host institution's web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

Expected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses