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QUICK FACTS    
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Academic Term Summer Quarter
Estimated Program Fee $1,387
Credits 2-5 UW Credits (4-10 ECTS)
Prerequisites Junior standing or above by the time of departure; 3.4 GPA or above
Program Manager Mike Renes | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline March 15
HIGHLIGHTS
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 exchange. Additionally, many courses are available in English.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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, 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. Today, UvA is ranked among the top 30 universities in Europe and the top 100 worldwide. Moreover, UvA continues to pursue its long tradition of open-mindedness and engagement with social issues, in keeping with the spirit of the city with which it is inextricably linked.
 
LOCATION

Site

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.


 

 
ACADEMICS

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.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 2 - 5 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here

Courses

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.

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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

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'.

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $1,387

Included in the program fee:

  • $350 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Housing
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: Payment Deadline

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.

Financial Aid

  • 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.

Scholarships

  • 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.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

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.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

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.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be 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. Note that 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:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.