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  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
Why Amsterdam?

Study Psychology, Health, Computer Science, or Earth and Life Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Located in the South of Amsterdam and boasting a diverse student population, the VU offers a wide array of courses in Psychology and the sciences taught by professors and researchers who are among the best in their fields. By taking classes with Dutch and international students, you’ll gain a valuable international perspective that only comes with study abroad.

What You'll Study

Your English-taught courses may have you talking to practitioners and experts in the field, monitoring your heart rate to track first-hand how stress affects your life, diving in to the laboratories, visiting patients at a clinic, or helping to program a robot. You may also choose to expand your studies with an IES Abroad-taught course on Cross-Cultural Psychology, Sexuality and Gender, Studio Art, or Art History.

Daily Life

Amsterdam will be your classroom. Practice your new Dutch language skills as you peruse fresh produce with friends at the popular Albert Cuypmarkt, or attend a football match and cheer for AFC Ajax. If you are adventurous and willing to explore, you will know what it’s like to experience Amsterdam as a Dutch student.

Field trips will take you off the beaten path to places like Rotterdam, Maastricht, Texel Island, and course-related trips in and around Amsterdam will provide insight into what you’re learning in the classroom.

We want you to feel at home in Amsterdam, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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Why Amsterdam?

Study Psychology, Health, Computer Science, or Earth and Life Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Located in the South of Amsterdam and boasting a diverse student population, the VU offers a wide array of courses in Psychology and the sciences taught by professors and researchers who are among the best in their fields. By taking classes with Dutch and international students, you’ll gain a valuable international perspective that only comes with study abroad.

What You'll Study

Your English-taught courses may have you talking to practitioners and experts in the field, monitoring your heart rate to track first-hand how stress affects your life, diving in to the laboratories, visiting patients at a clinic, or helping to program a robot. You may also choose to expand your studies with an IES Abroad-taught course on Cross-Cultural Psychology, Sexuality and Gender, Studio Art, or Art History.

Daily Life

Amsterdam will be your classroom. Practice your new Dutch language skills as you peruse fresh produce with friends at the popular Albert Cuypmarkt, or attend a football match and cheer for AFC Ajax. If you are adventurous and willing to explore, you will know what it’s like to experience Amsterdam as a Dutch student.

Field trips will take you off the beaten path to places like Rotterdam, Maastricht, Texel Island, and course-related trips in and around Amsterdam will provide insight into what you’re learning in the classroom.

We want you to feel at home in Amsterdam, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

While in Amsterdam, you take 15-18 credits per semester at VU University Amsterdam (VU), known for its strong offerings in Psychology and the sciences.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • 3-5 Psychology or Science courses at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) (required, 3 credits each)
  • One IES Abroad area studies course (optional, up to 6 credits)

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 315 - Highlights of Dutch Art: From Rembrandt to Mondriaan and Beyond Fall, Spring English 4
Art
Course Name Term Language Credits
AR 250 - Studio Rietveld: An Introduction to Studio Art in Amsterdam Fall, Spring English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU 101 - Dutch Language and Culture Fall, Spring English 2
CU 221 - Dialogues on Difference Fall, Spring English 1
Dutch Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
DU 101 - Dutch Language and Culture Fall, Spring English 2
Gender Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
SS/GS 315 - Introduction to the Study of Sexuality and Gender in the Context of Amsterdam Fall, Spring English 6
Intercultural Communication
Course Name Term Language Credits
IC/PS 311 - Cross Cultural Psychology Fall, Spring English 3
Psychology
Course Name Term Language Credits
IC/PS 311 - Cross Cultural Psychology Fall, Spring English 3
Social Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
SS/GS 315 - Introduction to the Study of Sexuality and Gender in the Context of Amsterdam Fall, Spring English 6

VU University Amsterdam (VU) Courses

You can find more information about the options offered at the VU through the links below: You can find the 2017-2018 VU course information here. Click on Bachelor courses to find course descriptions for individual courses and on Minor programmes for info on minors.

*Please note the following:

  • Courses at the VU are listed in ECTS.  2 ECTS=1 U.S. Credit.
  • Fall classes are offered in Periods 1 and 2.  Spring courses are offered in Periods 4 and 5
  • Fall students are expected to enroll in a minor for their course of study.

 

Partner Institution(s)

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

The VU, founded in 1880, enrolls about 25,000 students, and offers courses in eleven faculties covering arts and science fields, and takes pride in a very studentcentric teaching style. The VU is situated on a campus (unlike many European city universities), just outside of central Amsterdam, near the business district in South Amsterdam.

Originally set up as an institution of higher education separate from church  or state, the current day VU takes this heritage seriously. Students will feel comfortable on campus, and can access the many resources available, including modern buildings and infrastructure, the  Griffioen Cultural Centre, shops, cafés, and an extensive library.

The VU boasts a strong international environment; its goal is to have one in four students in its English-taught programs be an international student.

 

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Paris, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations:

Island of Texel
2 Days | Fall
Tour this small island by bike and observe the natural beauty and wildlife. Visit a seal rescue and take a trip on a shrimp boat.

Maastricht
2 Days | Spring
Explore this university city with its beautiful medieval architecture and lively arts and culture. Visit the famous labyrinth caves of Limburg, and take a walk in the spectacular hilly countryside.

Rotterdam
1 Day | Fall & Spring
See Rotterdam’s amazing modern architecture on a guided walking tour through this rebuilt city. In the afternoon, you can explore Rotterdam’s many museums.

Course-Related Excursions

Course-related excursions are academic trips associated with courses. They are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Amsterdam culture and society.  Participation is based on course registration.

Past examples include:

  • Go to a psychiatric care museum
  • Visit a Dutch sex education NGO
  • Tour contemporary art museums and galleries
  • Take a walking tour of Amsterdam's neighborhoods

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Amsterdam is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

Our orientation introduces you to the IES Abroad Amsterdam staff, your fellow students, and the city of Amsterdam.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

You also participate in a VU-led orientation to get to know the VU staff and facilities, and have the option to join the European Student Network’s (ESN) orientation for international students, led by Dutch students.

Local field trips and activities are also arranged, as well as an overnight orientation trip, where you’ll have the opportunity to further sample elements of Dutch culture and get to know the other students.

Get to Know Your New City

Cycle Everywhere

Rent or buy a cheap bike and get around Amsterdam the way the Dutch do!

Enjoy Traditional Dutch Dishes

From excellent coffee and sweet stroopwafels and poffertjes (tasty little pancakes), to more unusual fare like thick fries with Dutch-Indonesian peanut sauce or stamppot (a hearty dish of potatoes, onions, kale, root vegetables, and sausage), eating in Amsterdam is a real treat.

Shop the Amsterdam Street Markets

Stock up on fresh produce, cheese, and other food, as well as souvenirs and gifts at the Albert Cuypmarkt. Or dig for the perfect find at the I-J Hallen vintage market.

Appreciate Art

Amsterdam is home to so many art museums, from the “big ones,” like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum to lesser known gems like the Museum Willet-Hothuysen and the Foam Photography Museum.

Swing Out Over Amsterdam

For a thrill, try riding the swings found on the observation deck on the new A’DAM Tower. Or just marvel at the beautiful 360° views of the city.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Amsterdam, it will feel like home.

Student Apartment Suites

Live in a single room in a mixed gender apartment suite with five to six other students. You share a kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces. Located in Amsterdam South, just five minutes from the VU academic buildings. No meals included.

Student Residence Hall

Live in single room with a private bathroom. You share a kitchen with other students on your floor. The building features 24-hour reception and a gym. This option carries an additional cost. No meals are included.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Amsterdam through cultural events, such as:
  • Seeing the windmills in the Zaanse Schans
  • Visiting a cheese market in Alkmaar, followed by canoeing on the Alkmaar canals
  • Touring the Keukenhof tulip garden (spring only)
  • Visiting Hoge Veluwe National Park
  • Bicycling to Volendam and Marken
  • Exploring the medieval castle Muiderslot and the Isle of Pampus

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $14,745 $4,780 $230 $19,755


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$14,745
$26,525
$4,780
$9,560
$230
$455
$19,755
$36,540

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.