The University of Amsterdam is a modern institution with a long and rich history, and is one of Europe’s most prominent research-led universities. Amsterdam has long been a cultural and commercial crossroads, and offers students access to the many arts, entertainment, and social activities of a capital city.
Read more about being an exchange student at the University of Amsterdam.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a wide variety of English-taught courses. Learn more about the classes offered in the University of Amsterdam online course catalog. You can find additional information about the various faculties and admission requirements in the Courses and Faculty Criteria Guide.
Students may enroll for a full course load within Amsterdam University College (AUC), a college within UvA that offers a small-scale and intensive, international Liberal Arts and Sciences program. This interdisciplinary program focuses on far-reaching themes and real-world problems in science and society. Learn more about being an exchange student at AUC.
Students are admitted to a specific faculty (department), and may only register for courses within their chosen faculty. If you would like to take courses outside of the faculty you applied to, you will have to discuss this with the study adviser of your accepting faculty. You will be given contact details of your academic adviser in your acceptance letter.
You must register for a minimum of 13 credits per term. 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. See the Grade & Credit Conversion Scale for more details.
NOTE: Students are not able to take courses from both UvA and AUC. Applicants must indicate on the initial application if they are applying for UvA or AUC.
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. Find more information on housing on the University of Amsterdam exchange website.
Dates & Deadlines
Fall 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22: February 1, 2021
Spring 2022: August 1, 2021
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
If the program does not fill, applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis until the program fills or until the host university deadline. Please contact us to inquire about applying after the deadline.
Fall Semester: Late August - Late December*
Spring Semester: Early February - Late June
*The semester system at UvA consists of three teaching blocks of 8, 8 and 4 weeks. Therefore, if you participate in the Fall Semester program, you will take a full-time credit load during Blocks 1 and 2, so that you can finish up in mid-December. Block 3 courses typically end in late January/early February, making it too late to return to UMN in time for the start of Spring semester.
Program dates are subject to change. Contact our office or consult your University of Amsterdam acceptance materials for arrival date information before purchasing your airfare.
Students must have a 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 4-5 courses in their chosen major at the time of application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||
|Program Name||Exchange in Amsterdam|
|Track Name||University of Amsterdam|
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
- Advising appointment with the Exchange Coordinator
- 1 Academic Recommendation
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, and we encourage students to have a backup program in mind if applying for an exchange program. After the application deadline, the GO Minnesota selection committee will review applications and nominate finalists within 2 weeks. If nominated, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.
Nominated students will be required to complete the University of Amsterdam's application. UvA will make the final acceptance decision. More information on this will be sent to nominated students.
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.