Vrije University Amsterdam

Amsterdam
Netherlands

Language of instruction

English
Dutch

   Limited places available. Potentially available as a second of third preference.

Vrije University Amsterdam (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 SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 12nd Semester: Spring (P4, P5, P6)February–June/July
Semester 21st Semester: Autumn (P1, P2, P3)Late August–January

Semesters at VU Amsterdam are broken into 3 periods 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

  • B Psychology
    Semester 2, 2019
    DO IT!!! Hands down it has been the best thing I have done with my life so far and everyone I know from exchange agrees with me.
  • B Business Management/Commerce
    Semester 1, 2019
    An absolutely fabulous opportunity to immerse yourself in a different life and explore the world and yourself.
  • B Environmental Science
    Semester 2, 2018
    Exchange has opened up my mind to the world and has taught me that the whole world is at my feet.

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. You must take 2 courses during the 8-week blocks and 1 course during the 4-week blocks.

Host university requirements

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

Study Options
Not applicable to this university. However, you should only select courses from the exchange study guide.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search the VU Amsterdam exchange course list.

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Business administration
Business information systems
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer science
Data Science
Development
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English literature
Environmental studies
Finance
French
History and ancient history
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Law
Leadership and Management
Linguistics
Marketing
Mathematics and statistics
Philosophy
Political science
Psychology
Religion
Spanish
Postgraduate
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Business administration
Computer science
Development
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English literature
Environmental studies
Exercise science
Finance
Health sciences
History and ancient history
Information technology
Law
Leadership and Management
Linguistics
Marketing
Mathematics and statistics
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Psychology
Religion

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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. VU also offers tips on finding a room independently

VU also provides a full list of accommodation FAQs.

Cost of living

Averages show that living and studying in the Netherlands costs around €1000 per month. VU Amsterdam has compiled a guide to living in Amsterdam 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 a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)