Amsterdam, Netherlands

Psychology & Sciences

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Direct Enrollment
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Calendar Year

At a glance


Residence Hall, Studio


15 to 17 per Semester

Language of Instruction:

Dutch, English

Language Prerequisites:


About the Program

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. 

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Take Classes Like a Local

Gain a valuable international perspective that comes with study abroad.

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Gain Valuable Experience

From talking to practitioners to helping to program a robot.

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Broaden Your Horizons

Take a IES course in Psychology, Sexuality and Gender, or Art.

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Enjoy the Activities with Fellow Study Abroad Students

Join in on field trips and activities to learn about Dutch culture.

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Program dates:

Mid August - Mid December

Application Deadline:

Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

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Kate Gosson

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.955.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

Why Amsterdam?

As one of the most international cities in Europe, Amsterdam is rich in culture, full of open-minded people, and has everything you could want in a big city. Yet Amsterdam still maintains a laid-back feel and is a very easy city to get around in. It’s also incredibly beautiful. It should come as no surprise, then, that Amsterdam is high on Mercer’s 2018 Quality of Living Ranking, which also means it is the perfect place to study abroad!

Learn More About Amsterdam

Get to Know Your New City

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Cycle Everywhere

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

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Enjoy Traditional Dutch Dishes

From coffee to stroopwafels, eating in Amsterdam is a real treat.

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Appreciate Art

Visit world-renown art museums like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.

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Swing Out Over Amsterdam

Try riding the swings on the observation deck of the A’DAM Tower.

Fall Ball Abroad in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, student athletes have the option to add on a baseball or softball training program on top of their coursework. Fall Ball Abroad in Amsterdam provides college baseball and softball players high-quality coaching and access to world-class training facilities.  Students who wish to participate will apply to an IES Abroad Amsterdam program, and once accepted, choose the baseball or softball add-on. We know how important it is to your sports performance to continue working and improving in the offseason. Why not work with international coaches and get stronger in Amsterdam?

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The Student Experience

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A clean bedroom with a window, modern chairs, a bed, a desk, and a television.
  • Residence Hall
  • Studio

Residence Hall

Premium Residence Hall – You will live in a single room with a private bedroom and bathroom while sharing a kitchen with other IES Abroad students. Your room will have a bed, desk, chair, closet, and TV. Laundry is available for no additional fee. No meals are provided for this housing option.

Residence Hall – You will live in a single private bedroom and bathroom while sharing a kitchen with other IES Abroad and international students. Your room comes with a bed, desk, chair, and storage. Washing machines and dryers are available for an additional cost. Varying meal-plan options will be available once on-site.