Exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Exchange program; instruction is in English with local students.
Program Level Upper and lower division coursework available.
Courseload Students are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credit enrollment status per semester or maintain the minimum program credit enrollment determined by their study abroad program, whichever is greater. 13–15 credits for spring semester or 26–30 credits for the academic year.


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.

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. 

Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like Exchange programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be emailed out via the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Ryan McCarthy for additional information.