NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of April 1st
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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.
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.
The 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, it is ranked among the top 30 universities in Europe and the top 100 worldwide, with some 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and a budget of more than 600 million euros. 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. 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.
The UvA Summer School has a large number of summer programs available that run anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks and allow students the opportunity to explore subject areas including, but not limited to, anthropology, history, law, medicine, psychology, and more. These courses utilize an interdisciplinary approach to study the topic-at-hand. Students may choose from a list of summer programs taught in English or they may select programs taught in Dutch. The courses follow a general schedule of morning lecture, lunch, and afternoon workshops/ field excursions related to the subject area. To supplement their students, students are provided UvA student ID card that allows them access to various student facilities, including libraries.
Like most Dutch universities, the University of Amsterdam does not have a campus, and demand for student housing in Amsterdam is high. Hence, it is challenging to find suitable accommodation. To assist students in finding appropriate accommodation during the summer programs, the university works with DeKey Housing Corporation and has signed agreements with various housing corporations. These corporations offer low-cost furnished accommodation to students for the duration of their summer program. Housing may be in the form of a private or shared dorm, with washrooms and kitchen/lounge facilities. All housing is on a first-come-first-serve basis; hence, students must plan early and indicate interest for student housing on their application. Students are also encouraged to book their own accommodation if they so desire.
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. Furthermore, it is not possible to extend the duration of your stay in housing or to arrive early. If a student requires more time before or after the program dates, they are responsible for finding their own accommodation. For more information on housing at UvA, please visit the 'Tuition, costs and scholarships' page for the program of your interest and then select 'Housing'.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
The UvA Summer School offers 19 programs taught in English, the eligibility requirements for which may vary. The summer school also offers 25 different programs taught in Dutch, which require proficiency in Dutch and may have different eligibility requirements. Students are encouraged to thoroughly read the course description page for their program of interest prior to applying for UvA Summer School.
The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the University of Amsterdam Summer program application.
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $350 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.