University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Program Overview

About University of Amsterdam

"Studying at the Universiteit van Amsterdam provides students with a double challenge: the intellectual challenge of a comprehensive academic curriculum and Amsterdam's exciting urban environment. The UvA is a large university, but a small scale has been preserved in how it is organized. The university is housed in both classic and modern buildings, most of which are located in the historic city centre. The combination of attractive buildings - situated along a canal, in a courtyard or surrounded by water - at the same time offering state-of-the-art facilities, is what makes the UvA so unique. The city itself is a popular cultural and media centre and an international junction of commercial firms. So it is a very attractive spot with a view to a future career." - University of Amsterdam

• The University of Amsterdam was founded in 1632, and is the Netherlands’ largest university.
• The UvA is a top-100 university globally and one of Europe's 15 best universities.
• UvA Economics & Business has the prestigious triple crown accreditation by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.
• Internationalization is a keyword at UvA Economics and Business. The staff, student body, degree programs and research all have a strong international focus.
• Courses at UvA Economics and Business are aligned to meet the demands of today’s professional careers, and strong ties are maintained with Amsterdam’s corporate sector.

Term Dates

  • Fall Semester:
    Late August to late December: Bock 1 =  8 weeks and Bloc 2 = 8 weeks *(Block 3 is 4 weeks but takes place in January)

    Spring Semester:
    Early February to early June: Bock 1 =  8 weeks and Bloc 2 = 8 weeks *(Block 3 is 4 weeks but takes place in late June)

    *If students finish a full time course load (minimum 24-30 Amsterdam credits/minimum 4-5 classes) in the first two blocks of the semester they are allowed to return home earlier and not take courses in Block 3. However housing lease contracts cannot be shortened and cover (almost) the entire semester.
Note: Dates are approximate and may be subject to change

Approximate Living Expenses

  • Housing: approximately € 380-650/month
  • Living Expenses: approximately € 400-500/month
  • Books and Necessary Class Materials: approximately € 75/month
  • Local Transportation: approximately € 40-80/per month maximum. Most students travel by bicycle and second-hand bikes vary from €100-200.  A decent lock costs approximately € 50.
Note: €= EURO

Language of Instruction



The housing market of Amsterdam is extremely tight and it is very difficult to find student accommodation on the private market so the Global Exchange office of International Student Affairs arranges and guarantees housing for all students.  Rental prices range from approximately 380 to 650 €/month.

Student Services

Introduction Week, Career Weeks, international student trips, weekly parties, internship information sessions