International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987

Semester / Trimester

Science, Liberal Arts & Business Courses with Locals -Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

In this interdisciplinary and academically rigorous program, students 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. Each course also has an experiential learning component; students will use Amsterdam as their classroom as labs, field trips, and other activities facilitate deeper engagement with course material.

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 1-5

All students will make course selections upon application to the program. This is a tentative selection as the the final course schedule will be confirmed at a later date and admission into all courses is dependent upon approval by the host university that the stated prerequisites have been met.

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.

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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