AMSTERDAM: Vrije Universiteit
- Fall Semester - September - December
- Spring Semester - February - June
- Fall Semester - March 1
- Spring Semester - October 1
Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ever since it was founded 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:
- personally engaged
International students can choose from a number of courses taught in English or Dutch. Students take four courses from any of Vrije's disciplines.
Most courses end in December or students can arrange to finish their courses in December. However, 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.rechten.vu.nl/en/students/study-guide/2012-2013/exchange-programmes/index.asp
If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.
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.
- Students must be a junior or senior CJ major
- GPA of at least 3.0
- Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
- Please see Laurie Mastone in CJ office.
- Completed online OISP application
- Vrije University application forms
- Photocopy of Passport ID Page
- 1 letter of recommendation
- Official Transcript
- 2 Passport Sized Photos
Fall 2013 or Spring 2014: $20,490
Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($20,390), 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.
Accommodation consists of furnished rooms with private or shared facilities. Housing is limited and is not guaranteed. Students pay rent during the semester and are responsible for a refundable housing deposit.
The University campus and University hospital are situated in the south-western part of Amsterdam, one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands. The international airport of Schiphol-Amsterdam is 10 kilometres away, just 8 minutes by train. With more than fifty undergraduate (or bachelor's) programmes and almost a hundred postgraduate (or master's) programmes, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options. The programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to study, and the teaching staff is easily accessible.