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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission 08/19/2019 01/24/2020
NOTE: Students who choose Period 1 & 2 classes may depart after December 21; however, will be responsible for housing contracts through late-January. Fall participants may not take classes in Period 3.
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission 08/19/2019 08/15/2020
NOTE: Although classes end in late June, students who live in on-campus housing sign housing contracts to stay through August 15. Students may leave the Netherlands after their final exams, however, are required to pay for housing through the terms of the contract. Students may stay in their housing after classes end if they choose.

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 3 Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Communication, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Geosciences, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, International Studies, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Housing Options: On Campus Program Advisor: Krista Paszkowsky
Credits: 12-18 per semester
Program Description:

VU University Amsterdam

Amsterdam 1     VU Amsterdam     Amsterdam 3
The Netherlands, often referred to as Holland, is a small country with approximately 16 million inhabitants. It's centrally located between metropolitan centers such as Paris, Berlin and London. Amsterdam is the Dutch capital and known as the city of bicycles!  Amsterdam is virtually unique in having all the advantages of a big city-culture, history, good food, entertainment and extensive public transport – but with relatively few of the drawbacks. Dutch society is multicultural. People from other parts of the world have been living in the Netherlands for decades, thanks to the country’s historical ties with other nations. Although Dutch is the national language, the majority of the population speak English and very often another foreign language, such as German or French. The Netherlands is a very safe country in which to study, with low levels of violence and street crime.

VU University Amsterdam is a leading European research university, established in 1880. With more than 24,000 students, they are a modern institution at the cutting edge of academic higher education. Their students are challenged to ask critical questions, tackle problems and place what they are learning in a wider philosophical, ethical and social context. VU University Amsterdam offers a wide range of English taught programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral levels. Twelve faculties share a single campus and cover a wide spectrum of arts, sciences, business and medicine.

VU University Amsterdam offers about 400 English-taught Bachelor’s courses in a variety of subjects, ranging from arts & culture and social sciences, neurosciences and computer science, to economics and business administration.  University at Buffalo students can take courses within multiple “faculties” (majors). In all cases, the Faculty that offers the course that you wish to follow will check if you meet the prerequisites for each course (e.g. bachelor students are not allowed to follow courses at masters level). Please visit the VU University Amsterdam website to learn more about available courses.

Students who study at VU University Amsterdam in the fall semester will select courses from Periods 1 & 2. Spring semester students will select courses from Periods 4 & 5. VU operates on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The UB Study Abroad Programs Office converts half credit for ECTS credits. For example, a 6 ECTS credit course taken at VU will convert back as 3 UB credits. In many cases a course at VU may be worth 5 ECTS credits which will be rounded up to 3 UB credits (not 2.5 credits). Students should enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS credits per semester to earn 12 UB credits (full time status); however, most students enroll in 30 ECTS credits per semester to earn 15 UB credits. Please see UB Study Abroad Programs with any questions on credit conversion.

VU University Amsterdam arranges housing for exchange students.  Accommodations consist of furnished (single) rooms with private or shared facilities. Students usually have their own bedroom. In most cases, bathroom, kitchen and living room must be shared with other students. To learn more about housing options, please view the Housing Guide.

It is common that men and women live together in the same student house. The
number of rooms and apartments are limited, however, the International Office does its utmost to find suitable accommodation for students who apply on time. The deadline for housing applications is 1 June. While late applications for housing will not be rejected, they will be placed on the waiting list.

The rental periods for students are always fixed periods (going through late January for Fall students, and mid-August for Spring students). Please note that it is not possible to terminate your rental agreement during your stay at VU
University Amsterdam. Also, no reduction will be given upon late arrival or early departure.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.
Fall Semester:  Mid August-Late January
Spring Semester:   Late January-Mid August*

*Although classes will end in late June for the spring semester, students are required to pay for student housing through mid-August. You may leave the Netherlands once your classes have concluded, but will still be responsible for housing payments through the end of the contract. You are also welcome to remain in your housing through your contract.

The rental periods for students are always fixed periods (going through late January for Fall students, and mid-August for Spring students). Please note that it is not possible to terminate your rental agreement during your stay at VU University Amsterdam. Also, no reduction will be given upon late arrival or early departure.

Fall Semester and Academic Year:  March 15
Spring Semester:  September 15

Visit the VU University Amsterdam website.

This program is currently not accepting applications.