The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a long history. It evolved from the Athenaeum Illustre (1632) and now, with more than 30,000 students, just under 5,000 staff and a budget of almost 500 million euros, it ranks among the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. It belongs to the League of European Research Universities and maintains intensive contact with universities all over the world.
At the UvA, education and research are conducted in the seven faculties: the Humanities, the Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, the Natural Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry.
The UvA has a broad academic curriculum. UvA staff publish about 7,500 academic articles anually. The University's academic research is at the top of the international league in many respects, and the applied research programmes are often of an interdisciplinary nature and are frequently focus on social issues.
The UvA aims to offer an inspiring, broadly-oriented international academic environment where both staff and students can develop their capacities optimally. The UvA is characterised by a critical, creative and international atmosphere, and is open-minded and strongly engaged with society. Because the UvA is located in both historic and modern buildings spread throughout Amsterdam, the University forms an integral part of the city.
The International Student Network (ISN)
The International Student Network - Amsterdam (ISN) is part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), which has over 100 branches across Europe. It is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1997 by Dutch students of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, to assist international students in finding their way around the university and the city. The ISN-A tries to reach this goal by focusing on a wide array of activities.
At the beginning of each semester, the ISN organises an introduction period for all newly-arrived international students studying at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. This introduction period includes various activities in order to get familiar with the city of Amsterdam and meet other students. Examples could be a guided tour of the city of Amsterdam and the main university buildings, sports activities, museum visits and various evening activities. The introduction finishes with a huge party. If you are interested in participating in the introduction period and want to sign up, please visit the ISN website or drop by the ISN office.
During the introduction period, the ISN organises an official welcome to the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Several speakers, such as a member of the board of the University, will inform you about the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam and the Netherlands and its culture.
Besides the introduction periods, the ISN organises various activities for international students, such as movie nights, excursions, parties and weekly drinks. A calendar of upcoming activities may be found on the web site and more information about activities is also given in a weekly electronic newsletter. Lastly, ISN has a bimonthly magazine called The Insiders, to which the international students are encouraged to contribute.
The city of Amsterdam features as one of the world's 15 best places to live in Mercers 2018 "Quality of Living Survey". In the 2008 pan-European "International Student Barometer", 96% of UvA students polled were 'very satisfied' about safety, and 96% said it was 'the place to be'.
Amsterdam is well connected for travel to the rest of Europe with excellent links to the rest of world.
The city has long been a cultural and commercial crossroads and gives students access to all the arts, entertainment and social possibilities of a capital city.
The Global Exchange Programme offers over 100 international study programmes with English-taught courses in Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics and business, Psychology, Child development and education, Law, Science, and Liberal arts and sciences.
Students can only be registered at one academic department. This means that you will have to select courses from that department.
Fall Semester: September - late January*
Spring Semester: early February - late June
*Each semester at UvA has three blocks. Students studying in Amsterdam for the fall should only choose courses occurring in the first two blocks, to ensure that they can return to Charlottesville to start the spring semester on time. The semester block schedule can be found via the Course Information link.
Dutch Language Courses
Each semester the university's Institute for Dutch as a Second Language (INTT) offers extensive courses for international students at all levels (absolute beginners, beginners, intermediate, advanced). The costs for the course must be paid in advance, but students will receive a full refund of the costs upon successful completion of the course. Intensive Dutch summer courses are offered before the beginning of the academic year, but this pre-exchange language program has to be financed by the student. More information can be found on the INTT website.
To assist exchange students in finding accommodation, the university has signed an agreement with a housing corporation. Various types of housing are available: shared accommodations, private accommodations with shared facilities and private accommodations. Student housing is scattered throughout the city and sometimes even outside of Amsterdam in neighboring towns such as Diemen and Amstelveen. The University of Amsterdam office of International Student Affairs will arrange and guarantee housing for students who participate in exchange programs: students will indicate their housing preferences through an online housing form. Rent can vary between 375 and 650 Euros per month. Students should also budget an additional 400 to 500 Euros per month for living expenses.
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site and the exchange sheet above for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
- UVA Tuition and Fees
- Host institution Room and Board
- International Airfare
- CISI insurance
- Books and Supplies
- Local Transportation
- Passport and Visa
- Personal Expenses
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. Consult the University of Amsterdam's visa webpage for information about entry requirements. U.S. passport holders will need a residence permit. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.