Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Amsterdam
Netherlands

Language of instruction

English
Dutch

VU Amsterdam is a leading European research university which has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge since its establishment in 1880. VU Amsterdam encourages students to look further – further than their own interests and their own field, further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.

The University’s campus in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district is an easily accessible metropolitan meeting place. There are more bicycles in Amsterdam than residents. Around 25,000 bikes end up in Amsterdam’s 165 canals every year!

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–June/July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester Late August–January

Semesters at VU Amsterdam are broken into 3 blocks of 8 + 8 + 4 weeks.

View the VU Amsterdam academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

VU Amsterdam has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at VU Amsterdam is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Each semester is broken into 3 blocks of 8 + 8 + 4 weeks. Students take 2 courses during the 8-week blocks and 1 course during the 4-week blocks.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at VU Amsterdam

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the VU Amsterdam course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Advertising
Business information systems
Economics
Finance
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Anthropology
Archaeology
Classical languages
Development
English
English literature
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
International relations
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Political science
Religion
Sociology
Writing
Law
Psychology
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Earth sciences
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Postgraduate
Business information systems
Economics
Finance
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Anthropology
Archaeology
Classical languages
Criminology
Development
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
International relations
Philosophy
Political science
Public policy
Religion
Sociology
Writing
Law
Linguistics
Psychology
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Earth sciences
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology

Additional academic information

VU Amsterdam has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Students can also study at the Amsterdam University College but must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

VU Amsterdam’s International Office offers accommodation to exchange students in furnished rooms with private or shared facilities. The number of rooms is limited, so places cannot be guaranteed for every student. Students who opt to find accommodation through VU will be charged a service fee.

Cost of living

Averages show that living and studying in the Netherlands costs around €1000 per month. VU Amsterdam has compiled a list of average expenses to help you plan a budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

VU Amsterdam requires all incoming international students to be properly insured by an internationally recognised insurance agency for the duration of their stay (this is also required by Dutch law).

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

VU Amsterdam has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.