|Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|Credits||20-28 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.0 GPA
|Language||Instruction in English|
|Adviser||Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org|
| Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|General|| Study at one of the largest comprehensive
research universities in Europe, in the heart
of the capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam
is known for its spirit of tolerance, which
has made it a natural locus for international
intellectual exchange. Additionally, many
courses are available in English.
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
|Visas||This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.|
This university also offers a summer school option. For more information, visit University of Amsterdam Summer School.
Where You Will StudyThe University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with some 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and a budget of more than 600 million euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted at seven faculties: the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Over time, the UvA has risen to international prominence as a research university, gaining an excellent reputation in both fundamental and socially relevant research. UvA is ranked among the top 30 universities in Europe and the top 100 worldwide.
The UvA has a long tradition of open-mindedness and engagement with social issues, in keeping with the spirit of the city with which it is inextricably linked.
As one of the most culturally and intellectually important cities in Western Europe, Amsterdam provides an ideal environment for academic study. Amsterdam attracts students from all over the Netherlands and beyond: the city has become increasingly internationally oriented in recent years. The inhabitants of Amsterdam - Amsterdammers - are easy-going and welcoming to foreigners. English is the city's unofficial second language. It is easy to find Anglophone bookstores, TV channels, restaurant menus, library resources, and cultural activities. Amsterdam boasts beautiful architecture and over 150 canals, lending the city its characteristic shape and atmosphere. It is full of museums, art galleries, theatres, concert halls, and many lovely parks, which serve as the inhabitants’ gardens in summer. The city is home to world famous music, opera, theatre and dance companies, as well as many internationally recognized visual artists.
AcademicsThe language of instruction for regular university courses is Dutch. However, UW students have access to a large variety of coursework available in English through 7 different faculties, as well as comprehensive English coursework at the graduate level. You can begin your search for courses right here:
UvA course information
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
HousingLike most Dutch universities, the University of Amsterdam does not have a campus, and demand for student housing in Amsterdam is high. It is a challenge to find suitable accommodation. To assist international students in finding appropriate accommodation, the university has signed agreements with various housing corporations. These corporations offer furnished accommodation to students for one or two semesters only. In total, the UvA has more than 1,700 rooms to allot to international students .The rent for these rooms varies according to type, size and location. Individual students cannot apply for rooms themselves, but must be put forward by their faculties. Not every faculty guarantees student housing, but in the last few years we have been able to offer nearly all first-year international students a room. International students can rent accommodation through the University with a maximum duration of one year.
The university accommodation is located in different areas of Amsterdam and Diemen. Room types and locations can range from a flat with other students in Zuidoost to small scale accommodation in the city centre. All different student buildings can be reached easily from the city centre by public transport or by bike. Although there are student accommodations at different locations and different parts of the city, it is not possible to apply for a specific one. For more information on housing at UvA, please visit their housing website.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & ScholarshipsAs a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.
Application ProcessTo apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the University of Amsterdam Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
There are currently no program evaluations for this program on file.
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.