Science, Liberal Arts & Business Courses with Locals

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Science, Liberal Arts & Business Courses with Locals

  • Location

    Amsterdam

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) was founded in 1880 and is one of the top research universities in the Netherlands. There are over 23,000 students at VU and hundreds of courses taught entirely in English. There are many international students and faculty, creating a diverse and globally-minded learning environment. Some popular areas of study at VU are earth and life sciences, behavioral sciences, business, economics, social sciences, and humanities.VU was the first university in the Netherlands to be established without ties to the church or the state. This legacy is maintained as it still operates unconventionally, determining its own areas of research as well as creating unique study programs and specialized pedagogical models. VU encourages a student-centered teaching style where you will be given opportunities to develop your opinions through creative and critical thinking. All academic programs are housed at VU's main campus in the Zuid district, Amsterdam's business center. It is a beautiful, modern campus with student housing and many facilities including computer labs, fitness centers, a green office, and even a bike repair shop. The VU campus is well-connected to public transportation; it is only a 15 minute train ride to downtown and an eight minute train ride to Schiphol Airport.

  • Term

    Spring 1A 2020

  • Program Dates

    Late Jan, 2020 - Late May, 2020

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Oct 01, 2019

  • Credit

    24 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $20,450

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Program Description

In this interdisciplinary and academically rigorous program, you will have the opportunity to study alongside Dutch and other international students for a semester or full academic year at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Course offerings are highly specialized, focusing on research methodology across various disciplines including earth and life sciences, business and economics, social sciences, and humanities.

VU follows a modular academic structure. The academic year is divided into six intensive periods, or blocks, with the option to take two or three classes per period. The academic year is divided into the following programs:

Fall 1: Periods 1-2
Spring 1A: Periods 4-5
Spring 1B: Periods 4-6
Academic Year: Periods 1-6

All students will make course selections upon application to the program. This is a tentative selection as the final course schedule is not confirmed until VU confirms that the stated pre-requisites have been met.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must hold a Sophomore standing or above during term of study.
  • The following application materials are required to complete your application: valid passport copy, photo, VU application form. Please contact ISA if you expect any issue in receiving your passport before the application deadline. 

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

ECTS Credits

24 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 22

Academic Information

Course Availability

  • The courses listed below are based off of last year’s course offerings and ISA will inform students of course updates as they become available.
  • All students are required to indicate course selection upon application to the program. This is a tentative selection as all course eligibility will be determined by VU and there will be an add/drop period on-site.
  • Additional upper division courses may be available.
  • Students are expected to complete self-study hours every night in order to keep up with class material.
  • Requests for detailed course descriptions can be made to the Amsterdam Site Specialist.

Course Selection

  • Eligibility for courses is dependent upon the fulfillment of the posted pre-requisites. Please note that local VU students are on an academic track very different than in the US; they do not take general education courses and are often at a higher level of study than their US counterparts within the same discipline.
  • All course selections are dependent upon approval from VU.
  • It is recommended that students take only two courses during the initial period of their time abroad, allowing more time to adapt to the differing academic structure and lifestyle.
  • Students choosing the 1A programs should be especially mindful of the condensed academic structure, requiring flexibility with the differing academic culture and a highly disciplined study schedule.
  • To avoid scheduling conflicts VU recommends that, whenever possible, students register for classes within the same faculty (department) during the same period.
  • VU has identified various tracks, which they call minors, and are a combination of five related courses to be taken within one semester. Enrolling in a track will evade scheduling conflicts and ensure course continuity.
  • The academic structure at VU is different than in the US with exams totaling up to 100% of final grade. Please consider each course’s assessment techniques as you make your course selection.
  • Academic Year students will take courses in periods one through five. There may be the option to add a sixth period, please contact the Site Specialist for more information.

Course Credit and Transcripts

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • ISA recommends 3 U.S. semester credits/4.5 quarter units for every 6 ECTS. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university. 
  • Upon program completion, students will receive an official transcript issued by VU.  The transcript will reflect ECTS credits for all courses taken.

 

 

 

Courses

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Period 4
Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
Pathology
AB_1202
6 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Behavioral & Human Movement Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Stress and Health
P_BSTRHEA
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Linear Algebra
X_400649
6 ECTS Credits
Machine Learning
X_400154
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Software Design
XB_40007
3 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Business & Economics
Accounting I
E_EBE1_ACC1
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Consumer Behavior
E_EBE3_CBEH
6 ECTS Credits
Econometrics III
E_EOR3_TR3
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Macroeconomics I
E_EBE1_MACEC
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Microeconomics II
E_EBE2_MICEC
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Public Economies
E_EBE2_PE
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
Advanced Ethics
W_BA_ADET
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Discourse Analysis
L_AABACIW107
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
History of Knowledge
L_AABAALG207
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Methods
L_AABACIW108
6 ECTS Credits
Modern Philosophy
W_BA_MOEN
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Syriac 1
L_GOBAALG005
6 ECTS Credits
Text Mining
L_PABAALG002
6 ECTS Credits
Period 4 + 5
Faculty of Sciences
Biochemistry
XB_0030
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Group Theory
X_401105
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Topology
X_400416
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Business & Economics
Econometrics II
E_EOR2_TR2
6 ECTS Credits
Linear Algebra
E_EOR1_LINA
6 ECTS Credits
Statistics
E_EOR1_STAT
6 ECTS Credits
Period 5
Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Behavioral & Human Movement Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Molecular Genetics
P_BMOLGEN
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Sciences
AI in Health
XB_0020
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Databases
X_401008
6 ECTS Credits
3 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Philosophy
X_400433
3 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
3 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Business & Economics
Accounting
E_IBA1_ACC
6 ECTS Credits
Auditing
E_EBE3_AUD
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Finance I
E_EBE1_FIN1
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Investments
E_EBE3_INVES
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Humanities
Applied Statistics
L_CABAALG205
6 ECTS Credits
Arabic Philosophy
W_FIL_ARP
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Contesting Images
L_AABAMKD305
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Psycholinguistics
L_AABACIW109
6 ECTS Credits
Social Philosophy
W_BA_MOEN
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Lillian Nguyen

Program Manager, The Netherlands

AMSTERDAM TEAM

Marina Lopez Duarte

Resident Director, The Netherlands

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the local lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will have a short commute to your university. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

While in Amsterdam you'll be housed at a student residence. The location may vary but students will typically be placed in the OurDomain - Diemien Zuid student village.You will have a single room alongside ISA students and other international students. Meal service is not included but you will have a kitchen to prepare meals as well as access to the on-campus dining options. Laundry facilities are available for an additional cost. 

You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount. 


Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is a unique yet charming cosmopolitan city and the heart of international affairs, home to the European Union, the UN, the European Parliament, and NATO. Multicultural and multilingual, Brussels is the perfect example of a global society that has managed to retain its own distinct personality. You will visit historical landmarks around the city like the Royal Palace, St. Michael's Cathedral, and the famous Mannequin Pis. Downtown, you will find quaint alleys lined with picturesque restaurants, delicious sweets shops, cute boutiques, and cafés galore.

Seville * Optional

Seville is a vibrant and sunny city in southern Spain that is known for Flamenco and bull-fighting. During this optional overnight excursion, you will experience the rich blend of Christian, Moorish, and Jewish traditions, from the Alcazar Palace to the Spain Square and the María Luisa Park. You will also experience the views from the Triana Quarter and Bridge and spend the day in Cádiz.

The Hague

The Hague is a cultural hub of the Netherlands and home to the Dutch courts and royal family. This charming city sits along the North Sea and is home to many international organizations and entities. On this excursion you will learn more about local and international legal systems with guided tours of the Dutch parliament and the International Court of Justice. A visit to the Mauritshuis museum will offer a deeper look into the Golden Age of Dutch art through the expansive, world-renowned collection of paintings by Dutch artists including Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring. During the summer session, this excursion is facilitated by VU.

Utrecht

Utrecht is a small, medieval city in central Netherlands and is often considered the most beautiful canal town in Europe. The city center is a small, pedestrian-only space with the Domtoren (Dom) tower at the center, visible from anywhere in the city. You will tour the iconic Dom tower and learn more about the De Stijl artistic movement at the Rietveld Shröeder House. This excursion also includes a canal tour and an underground archeology tour to discover the split-level canals that are unique to Utrecht.

Zaanse Schans

The historic and well-preserved village of Zaanse Schans offers a glimpse into what life was like in the Netherlands during the 18th and 19th centuries. Located along the Zaan River and lined with iconic windmills, Zaanse Schans is a charming city where you will learn about how windmills were used to fuel a variety of industries. On this excursion, you will have a guided tour of the city and will visit the Zuiderzee Museum of cultural heritage and maritime history.

Other domestic excursion

Each semester, VU facilitates an overnight excursion within the Netherlands. This takes place during the first week of the program and is included in the program price. Possible destinations include Friesland, Maastricht, Leiden, Slot Assumburg, or Efteling.

Other international excursion * Optional

Each semester, VU facilitates an overnight excursion outside of the Netherlands. This is an optional excursion and is offered for an extra fee. Possible destinations include Krakow, Munich, Luxembourg City, or Antwerp.