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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: BGSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English GPA: 2.5
Housing Option: Apartment, Student Residence Hall Academic Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
College: Education Abroad & International Partnerships Areas of Study: Biology, English, Geography, History, International Relations, International Studies, Mathematics, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, Statistics, Theatre & Film
Program Type: BGSU Exchange Program Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Michelle Ploeger
Program Description:


VU University Amsterdam offers over 300 Bachelor’s-level courses taught in English to exchange students wishing to study and live in the Netherlands. VU’s international office provides orientation and documentation services for students, who are then able to take any course for which they have acquired the adequate language or course prerequisite requirements. Learn more about being an exchange student in Amsterdam HERE

VU University is located in Amsterdam, the most populous city in the Netherlands, which is culturally rich and bustling.  The University is located 15 minutes from the center of the city, which is home to 50+ museums.

To learn more about life in Amsterdam click HERE. 

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.   

Many courses are taught in English. If students wish to study in Dutch, they must have already gained fluency in the language going into the program.

VU offers about 300 English-taught Bachelor’s courses in a variety of subjects, ranging from liberal arts & culture and social sciences, neurosciences and computer science, to economics and business administration (business analytics, international business administration, etc).  Bachelor courses offered have the following themes:

Faculty of Science
Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
School of Business and Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Theology

To view the full listing of course offerings, please click HERE.

VU Amsterdam operates on a period schedule with each semester being made up of three periods. Students usually take two courses per period and can choose how many periods they wish to participate in each term.
1st semester (Fall September-January
Period 1 September-October
Period 2 November-December
Period 3 January
2nd semester (Spring) February-June
Period 4 February-March
Period 5 April-May
Period 6 June

 As is common in many European schools VU offers the option to re-sit, or retake, final examinations. Please be aware that the re-sit procedure is very strict. If you plan to re-sit your exams you must be prepared to stay in country past the regular program dates, as you must be present in Amsterdam to take advantage of this opportunity. This option is available for academic year students and those studying during the spring semester only. For students studying only for the fall semester re-sits will not be possible as the dates coincide with spring semester at BGSU. For spring students re-sits are usually in late June/July.

Studying at VU Amsterdam: What is expected of you?
Be an active learner and critical thinker: ask questions, participate, and share your opinion
Be present and on time: 100% attendance policy
Be prepared: less lectures, more self-study
Be accountable: take responsibility.
Be transparent: always mention your source of information

Studying at VU Amsterdam: What can you expect?
High level of classroom interaction
Independence and active learning
Importance of rules
Relative lack of competition
Brutal honesty
No grade inflation or scaling

Students may apply for student housing through the university, and are also allowed to rent apartments independently. International students are provided with bicycles to use while they study at VU.

Click HERE for more housing information.

Because this exchange program is part of Bowling Green State University study abroad options, financial aid that could be applied to study on BGSU’s main campus can usually be applied equally to study in the program abroad.

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Candice Moser

If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad. For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.  

In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE.

Students participating in BGSU exchange programs will pay their tuition and fees as if they were studying at Bowling Green State University. Students are responsible for their own housing, room and board, health insurance, and incidental expenses.  

BGSU Tuition and Fees information can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. 

Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office* 
BGSU Tuition (12-18 credit hours) Tuition & Fees can be found on the Bursar's WEBSITE (Undergraduate-instate/out of state).
Education Abroad Fee  $50.00
Excess Credit Fee 19+  $200 per credit
International Health Insurance  BGSU health/travel insurance daily rate and details can be found on the Education Abroad Safety, Security & Health web page
*Fees listed are estimates and are subject to change at any time

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
International Airfare  $1200
Books, Materials and Supplies $200
Meals $800
Personal Expenses $1000
VU Visa/Residence Permit €275 (see LINK)
Housing  Starting from € 354 per month (plus fee, see LINK)
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only! 


**We will follow the university payment/refund policies and schedules.

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall