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Exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands

  1. Program Details

    This cost-effective program offers the chance to study at one of Europe's leading universities, in the progressive, diverse city of Amsterdam.

    Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Apartment, Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Juniors, Seniors
    Language No language prerequisite; students should have at least 4-5 courses in their chosen major at the time of application
  2. About Exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The University of Amsterdam exchange offers students two different options.  The first option includes coursework in a variety of disciplines at the University of Amsterdam, a comprehensive and internationally-oriented research university. The other option is study at Amsterdam University College, a small, tight-knit international college, similar to a US Honors College. 

    Additional information and helpful links are available on the University of Amsterdam Exchange Fact Sheet and the Exchange Guide

    Housing & Meals

    If you are enrolled in Amsterdam University College, you will live in the on-campus Student Residences. At any of the University of Amsterdam faculties, you will live in dorms or apartments around the city of Amsterdam. Single or shared rooms are available and these accommodations are self-catering. More on housing can be found on the University of Amsterdam exchange website

    Learning Outcomes

    Students having participated in a bilateral exchange will:

    • Develop a stronger sense of confidence by engaging in a highly independent study abroad program and foster second language acquisition whenever possible
    • Learn to appreciate diverse world views, accept complexity, and embrace ambiguity; added benefit of reciprocity to foster mutual respect and understanding
    • Experience a new culturally specific academic system and incorporate different academic perspectives
    • Identify and communicate how your experience abroad has impacted you personally, academically, and professionally

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Upper and lower division coursework available.

    Students are required to maintain a minimum of 15 credits (30 ECTS) per semester. The exception is Fall semester at UvA, students on this program can take a minimum of 12 credits (24 ECTS) + OLPD 3330: Global Identity.

    Learn about country-specific academic terminology and how to find host university course information


    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

    At the time of application, students should have at least one full year (4-5 courses) of completed coursework in their chosen major. Students without the proper background will not be accepted by the University of Amsterdam.

    Students studying Fall or Spring semester at AUC must take a minimum of 15 credits (30 ECTS credits), which equals 5 courses. Students studying at UVA for Spring semester must take a minimum of 15 credits (30 ECTS credits), number of courses varies. Due to block scheduling, students studying at UVA for Fall semester can take a minimum of 12 credits (24 ECTS credits), provided they also enroll in the UMN online course OLPD 3330: Global Identity.

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a wide variety of English-taught courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Business and EconomicsLaw, Natural Sciences, Educational Sciences, Future Planet Studies, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geography, and Planning and Development Studies. Students are admitted to a specific Faculty, and will be expected to follow most of their coursework from their chosen Faculty. Students should not expect to be able to take coursework across multiple Faculties at UvA. 

    Course information can be found in the University of Amsterdam online course catalog. Additional information about the various faculties, and admission requirements are found in the Courses and Faculty Guide.

    Amsterdam University College (AUC) is a college within the University of Amsterdam emphasizing liberal arts and interdisciplinary education.

    Course listings are available in the AUC Course Catalog

    NOTE: students are not able to take courses from both UvA and AUC. Applicants must indicate on the initial application which institution they are applying to. 

    Learn about country-specific academic terminology and how to find host university course information

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Academic Year 2020/21 Late August - Late June (exact dates TBD) Mar 1, 2020
    Fall Semester 2020 Late August - Late December (exact dates TBD) Mar 1, 2020
    Spring Semester 2021 Early February 2019 - Late June (exact dates TBD) Aug 1, 2020

    Spaces on Exchange programs are limited, students are encouraged to have a backup program in mind if applying for an exchange program.

    If you participate in the Fall Semester program, due to the academic calendar dates, you will take a full-time credit load during Blocks 1 and 2 at UvA. Block 2 typically ends mid-December.  It will not be possible to enroll in a Block 3 class and return to the UofM in time for the start of Spring semester.

    Applications for all terms are considered at the deadline. If the programs does not fill, applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis until the program fills or until the university deadline. Please contact the program team to inquire about applying after the deadline.

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2020 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for Exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Fall 2019 or Spring 2020

    Exchange costs may vary from year to year and are subject to change.

    Students participating on exchanges are charged a program fee which is inclusive of University of Minnesota-Twin Cities tuition and fees, University of Minnesota Advising, Placement, Academic and Administrative Costs (APAAC), international health insurance and additional program related costs. The APAAC covers application processing, advising services, orientation course registration, grade transfer and posting for resident credit as well as program billing and assistance with financial aid when applicable.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates for term options
    Program Name Exchange in Amsterdam
    Track Name University of Amsterdam
    Country Netherlands


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • Application Essay
    • 1 Academic Recommendation
    • 1-page résumé 

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Application Review Process

    Exchange programs can be competitive. We are not always able to place all applicants. After the application deadline, a Learning Abroad Center selection committee will review applications and make endorsements. 

    Nominated students will be required to complete the University of Amsterdam's application. UvA will make the final acceptance decision. More information about this process will be sent to nominated students. 

    If nominated, you will also be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.

    If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Ryan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.

  8. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.