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Opportunities Abroad

Amsterdam Exchange

Each year, two students from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Masters programs can participate in a one-semester exchange program with the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Exchange students will be enrolled in the Urban Studies Research Master’s program. This is an academic, research-oriented program that will be complementary to our professionally-focused programs.

The semester abroad takes place during the second fall semester of a student’s matriculation.

Leuven Exchange

Each year, two students from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Masters programs can participate in a one-semester exchange program with KU Leuven. Exchange students will be enrolled in relevant Masters courses within the Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives. The semester abroad takes place during the second fall semester of a student’s matriculation.


“When I moved to the Netherlands in August 2014, I was nervous about the program—especially since I don’t speak Dutch and I didn’t know anyone in the city. It was also difficult to leave my job and my friends in Boston for an entire semester. Fortunately, as soon as I arrived in Amsterdam, the staff, students, and faculty at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) made the transition easy. After acquiring a bike (a necessity for every resident) and figuring out how to navigate the local supermarkets, I was prepared for a rigorous and rewarding academic experience.” Leslie Stahl, MS in Urban and Regional Policy Read more.


“The Urban Studies program at UvA allowed me to delve in a broad range of topics with as much or as little detail as I wished. The program itself is heavy on theory and self-directed learning, but the discussions often centered on real-world case studies. The opportunity to sit in a class with students from around the world and discuss urban policy issues is no small thing. I feel I’ve learned so much from my professors and my peers. This semester, I started to identify the things that mean the most to me in my life and career and I’m really grateful for that opportunity.”   Lauren Costello, MS in Urban and Regional Policy Read more.