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Academic Year

Science, Liberal Arts & Business Courses with Locals

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Academic Year 2018 (Early Sep, 2018 to Late Jun, 2019)
Catalog Code: IASY3118

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 arts, humanities, social sciences, computer science, earth and life sciences, economics, and business. 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.

All students 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 each student's completion of the stated pre-requisites before granting admission to a course.

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. Fall is comprised of periods one through three and Spring is comprised of periods four through six. 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 abroad.

Semester students can choose between two programs; 1A is a shortened program, with students taking classes exclusively during the first two periods, while 1B covers all three periods. Students choosing the 1A program should be especially mindful of the condensed academic structure, requiring flexibility with the differing academic culture and a highly disciplined study schedule.

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

Prices & Dates

Early September, 2018 - Late June, 2019

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May 1, 2018

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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 have to submit the following additional materials to complete their application: valid passport copy, photo, pre-registration form, and host university application. The materials will be accessible through the ISA student portal upon submission of the application. If ordering or renewing your passport, ISA suggests to expedite the process to receive it by the application due date. Please contact ISA should you have any issues in receiving your passport by the deadline.

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