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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified via email upon acceptance into this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Business, Communication, Engineering, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology Housing Options: Apartment
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 15 Academic Level: Undergraduate
Program Type: Partner Program, Semester Program, Short Term
Program Description:
VU Direct Enrollment Program 
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Semester or Summer
Dates Varying

Program Description:

Enrich yourself by studying abroad at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!
Study for a semester, academic year, or summer, in the field of your interest. All programs offer students a unique opportunity to study at one of Europe’s top institutions with an excellent reputation for both research and teaching in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Amsterdam. The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a top 100 university according to the Shanghai ranking of universities.   
Choosing your curriculum is the first step in your study abroad planning. Semester in Amsterdam offers students two possibilities: 
  • Choose from over 300 English-taught undergraduate courses which can be combined from different disciplines. Please refer to the Course Selection Checklist. 
  • Choose a set combination of courses in one specific field, known as a Minor (only available in the fall semester)
Why Choose a Minor? There are certain advantages to choosing a Minor:
  • It gives the student specialized knowledge in the chosen field of study;
  • Students can immediately finalize their study plan, whereas individual courses can only be finalized when the timetable becomes available two months before the start of the semester;
  • Courses within the Minor never clash or overlap in the timetable, so once you are accepted for the Minor you are guaranteed to be able to follow all the courses of that Minor;
  • You will follow all of your courses with the same Dutch and international students, thereby increasing the chance of friendships.
Click here to visit the program page on Study Abroad in Amsterdam:


Accommodation consists of fully furnished single rooms with a private bathroom and shared kitchen. There are two options:
  1. University Housing: Uilenstede- The Uilenstede campus is located 5-10 minutes from the university by public transport or bike. With over 3.400 student residents, Uilenstede houses both Dutch and international students and is the biggest student campus of Northern Europe. At the campus you will find the lively bar Il Caffé, an extensive sports centre, and the Griffioen Cultural Center. A grocery store and other shops are available at a 5 minute walking distance. The single rooms are fully furnished and feature a private bathroom and shared kitchen. Bed linens and kitchen utensils are provided. All rooms are equipped with a high-speed internet connection and cable television but we encourage students to buy a router in order to access the wireless internet connection. Please note: the floors are not segregated by gender.
  2. Hotel Jansen- Hotel Jansen is a boutique style, all-inclusive hotel that just recently opened its doors. The location is perfect for your stay in Amsterdam: only a 10 minute bike ride to the university and a 10 minute bike ride to the city center. Not such a big fan of biking? Good public transport connections are available just around the corner. You can also choose to go to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam by foot, this will take you less than 20 minutes. Both the Vondelpark and the Amsterdamse Bos are nearby and make great locations for a picnic. Hotel Jansen can best be described as a family hotel: it has an intimate set up, meaning you will easily feel at home. Staff is very approachable and available to help you with anything you need. The hotel features Mama's restaurant where you can enjoy healthy dishes at an affordable price and consists of six floors, each with a unique design representing a different area of Amsterdam. Your private room is approximately 18 square meters, has a private bathroom, small fridge, desk, and comfortable bed (bed linen are included). A large Club Room with shared kitchen and amenities will be shared with the rest of the floor, which will most likely be your Semester in Amsterdam friends. As a fully-functioning hotel, family and friends can also book rooms in Hotel Jansen when they come to visit!
Eligibility and Requirements: 
  • Be a UCF student (all majors welcome)
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have at least a semester left after the program ends
  • Must be in good standing (academic, conduct, and financial) with UCF


$350 Study Abroad Fee (charged to your student account)

All students pay Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam directly for the entire program cost. Check VU’s website for exact pricing of the program and payment options:



Business majors contact: Holly Bouma, Associate Director of International Programs, College of Business:
All other majors contact/;  Oliver McSurley, Assistant Director of UCF Abroad: