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Multi-Disciplinary Studies with a Fieldwork Component -Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

In this interdisciplinary and academically rigorous program at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), you will take an intensive, in-depth look into your chosen course of study. All classes are instructed in English with other international students.

Course offerings are highly specialized, focusing on research methodology across various disciplines. Each course also has an experiential learning component. You will use Amsterdam as your classroom as labs, field trips, and other activities facilitate deeper engagement with course material.

VU follows a modular academic structure. The summer is divided into three sessions (called blocks) which are each two weeks in length. You will take one course during each block with the option to participate in any one, two, or three consecutive blocks. The summer is divided as follows.

Block 1 : late June to mid July
Block 2: mid July to late July
Block 3: late July to mid August

Note that given the condensed program schedule, those students participating in just one two-week block do not have excursions included in the program price. For an additional fee, some optional excursions may be available during two-week programs.

You will make course selections upon application to the program. This is a tentative selection as admission into all courses is dependent upon approval by the host university; VU will vet your completion of the stated pre-requisites before granting admission to a course.

Please contact the Netherlands Site Specialist with any questions related to academics for this program.


Minimum GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Students must hold at least a Sophomore standing at the time of study.

Students must submit a recent resume and letter of intent.

Course Information

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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