AMSTERDAM: Vrije Universiteit

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Early September - December
  • Spring Semester - Early February - June

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Since its founding in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one.

Academic research and education at VU is characterized by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communications and ideas. VU stands for universal university values such as academic freedom and independence, which is reflected in our name (‘VU’ is the Dutch abbreviation for ‘free university’): free from the church, state and any commercial interest. The basic philosophy of VU is expressed in three core values:

  • responsible
  • open
  • personally engaged

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
-  Morgan Larkin, VU Fall 2013; larkin.mo@husky.neu.edu

Courses

The academic year at VU is divided into two semesters, which each consist of three periods. The first semester runs from September until February; the second semester runs from February until July. The university is aware that this academic schedule often clashes with the academic calendar for students coming from the U.S., and as a result allows students to pick only courses in periods 1 and 2. For example, 3 courses in period 1 and 2 courses in period 2, with last exams just before the winter break.

International students can choose from most courses taught in English at the undergraduate level.  Vrije offers courses in ten Faculties-Arts, Earth and Life Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Human Movement Sciences, Law, Philosophy, Psychology and Education, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Theology.

The selected courses must add up to a minimum of 24 ECTS credits and preferably 30 ECTS credits for one semester which is a full workload. Students can choose to pick courses that together form a complete minor (1 semester worth of courses) from one specialty, or from varying specialties.

Additionally, please be aware that Master's and undergraduate level courses are available within the faculty of Criminology and Law, while most courses offered in the other faculties are strictly at the Bachelor level.

*Please note that Criminal Justice students should not enroll in Danger, Risk and Law in International Society or Current Migration Issues to ensure they are back at NU to start the January semester.

Please note the following website regarding all our offered exchange courses:
http://www.vu.nl/en/programmes/exchange-programmes/study-guide/index.asp

Law/ CJ: http://www.rechten.vu.nl/en/education/exchange-programme/index.asp

 

Non-law: http://www.vu.nl/en/programmes/exchange-programmes/study-guide/index.asp

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If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

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Host University

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has been a renowned cultural, scientific and commercial centre for many centuries. It was here, in 1880, that Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam first opened its doors to students. 'Vrije Universiteit' means 'Free University'. Here, 'free' refers to freedom of state and church interference. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was established in 1880 by orthodox protestants. Nowadays it aims to be inspiring, innovative and involved. Throughout the past century, the university has continued to expand. It now comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 18,000 students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be a junior or senior CJ major if they wish to take classes in the Vrije Faculty of Law
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Students preferably will have completed 2 years worth of academic study in the field of their choice
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    **Information being updated for fall 2014.  Check back soon!

     

    For Criminal Justice Students applying to the Faculty of Law:

    • Completed OISP online application
    • Formal nomination from OISP (see Coordinator)
    • Vrije Faculty of Law application forms
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • 1 letter of recommendation
    • Official Transcript
    • Digital photo (headshot on white background emailed to internationalffairs.law@vu.nl

    For all other students:

    • Completed OISP online application
    • Vrije application form
    • Official Transcript
    • Current CV
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Passport photo
    • Vrije will email you after nomination from OISP with a link to the online application and a list of required documents
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Netherlands, Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

 

Accommodations

Student housing is a 10 minute bike ride (5 minutes by metro) from the campus, based in the south side of the city of Amsterdam. University housing is ensured as long as students apply on time.

Please visit the Vrije Accommodation website for more detailed information on housing options.

Destination

Vrije University's central campus in Amsterdam's commercial centre on the south side of the city features all facilities for teaching and research. It is also an easily accessible metropolitan meeting place thanks to its location in the immediate vicinity of Schiphol Airport and the WTC, Amsterdam. Being a true part of Amsterdam, VU is an international community that works together with knowledge partners, civil society and business.

The urban campus is under development and is being designed to meet the demands and needs of the modern day. New teaching and working styles are taking shape now and in the future in the foyers, open-plan offices and coffee corners. With the arrival of on-campus student housing and an extensive sports and cultural programme, the campus is somewhat of a city within the city.