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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 10/07/2020 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 02/26/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 02/26/2021 TBA TBA
Spring 2022 11/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: VU Free University of Amsterdam (FICE: 900083) Classes With: Local Students
Language of Instruction: Dutch, English Taught By: Host Professor(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Academic Area: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Biological Science, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Educational Psychology, English, Finance, Genetics, Geography, Geology, International Affairs, Law, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mass Communication, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Sociology, Statistics
Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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UGA Exchange, Free University of Amsterdam (VU)

VU (Free) University Amsterdam has entered into partnerships with over 300 universities all over the world. In Europe, we are part of the Erasmus programme. Every year we welcome more than 500 exchange students to our Amsterdam campus giving them the opportunity to study alongside Dutch peers and students from every continent.
For additional information, please see Factsheet VU Amsterdam 2020-2021.pdf

Program Location

free university amsterdam 2Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, boasts a rich history combined with a modern and creative feel. It is one of the most international cities in the world, a true metropolis, bustling with student life. Every year over 5 million tourists come to admire the city’s 8,863 listed buildings and monuments, or to visit one of the world famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijks Museum and Anne Frank House.
From its earliest days, Amsterdam has been a lively hub of commerce that has welcomed other cultures with open arms. The city warmly welcomes visitors from all over the glove to explore its rich history and experience its open and tolerant character. Amsterdam is considered to be a very safe and friendly city where English is widely spoken. It is an excellent gateway for explore more of what the Netherlands and Europe have to offer.

Contact Information

Ms. Colleen Larson
Global Education Advisor, Office of Global Engagement
Global Engagement Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
Schedule an OGE Exchange Advising Appointment - Zoom Appts Available

Academic Program

VU University Amsterdam offers about 300 Bachelor’s courses in English. Open this document for a full list of courses (pdf). At some faculties, Master’s courses are open for exchange students.  

VU Amsterdam Exchange Courses
VU Amsterdam Courses for Exchange Students and Calendar

In addition, VU offers an option to study a pre-determined group of subjects during the semesters, known as "minors" (most commonly offered in Fall)
Dutch Language Courses for international students

Eligibility Requirements

  • UGA student in good academic standing
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Program Itinerary

The academic year runs from start September to end of June and is divided into semester 1 (Fall) and semester 2 (Spring). Arrival days, orientation and introduction programme are scheduled during the last 2 weeks of August (semester 1) or the Friday before the start of semester. Exchange students are expected to attend the orientation and introduction programme.

VU offers Teaching Periods per academic year:
Fall (Aug - Dec/Jan): Periods 1 & 2 (possibly 3)
Spring (Feb - Jun): Periods 4, 5 and (if desired) 6


VU Housing Information
Once your application has been accepted at VU Amsterdam and you have confirmed your participation in VUnet, you will receive an email with information on how to apply for accommodation. If you choose to apply for accommodation in VUnet, the following rental periods are available:

First semester 2016-2017: 19 August 2016 (Friday) / 31 January 2017 (Tuesday) 
Second semester 2016-2017: 3 February 2017 (Friday) / 14 August 2017 (Monday) 

Please note that these are fixed periods: if you arrive later or leave earlier, you will still need to pay for the whole rental period. You will receive a tenancy agreement for one year or one semester. You are of course free to find accommodation on your own. However it can be very difficult (and expensive) to find a room in Amsterdam. We therefore strongly advise you to accept accommodation from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
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Accessibility and quality of health care:
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Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
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Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
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Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
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Arrangements for and quality of meals:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
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Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
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Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
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Value of the program in relation to the cost:
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Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
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Program Reviews:
Emily Louise Thurston, Spring 2018 Participant
The class workload was different than UGA's and you have more independence to decide when to study.

Brianna Marie Whitney, Spring 2017 Participant
Though Vrije University has rigorous courses, I highly recommend studying abroad in Amsterdam and living at Uilenstede

Fall 2017 Participant
Cooked for myslef

I'd tell them that university in the Netherlands is really different in America. There's a lot less busy work and more independent work. I'd also tell them to budget wisely as Amsterdam is expensive compared to Athens.
     — Molly Heinlein, Spring 2018
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