International Relations Office

University-Wide Partner Universities


University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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Institution Profile

The Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), founded in 1632, has a strong historical bond with the city of Amsterdam. Studying at the UvA means having one of the world’s most fascinating cities as a campus because the university buildings are scattered all over the city. With over 30,000 students and over 5,000 employees. UvA is one of the largest general research universities in Europe. It has an excellent academic reputation and offers degree programmes in a wide range of subjects through its seven faculties : Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Law, Economics and Business, Medicine and Dentistry. In order to attract some of the best students around the world, the UvA has developed strong mainstream academic programmes in English, taught by distinguished faculties.

The UvA has established bilateral agreements with a large number of other universities all over the world. The Office of International Student Affairs oversees and co-ordinates all student exchanges within these bilateral agreements.

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: August to January
Semester 2: February to June

Curriculum Structure

The UvA uses European Community Course Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Full study workload is 30 ECTS per semester. Most courses are either 6 or 12 ECTS.Courses are given in semesters of 21 weeks comprising self-contained units called modules. Classes meet once or twice a week for two or three hours. The UvA credit system is based on “student workload”. Student workload not only involves lectures and seminars, but also self-study. The Dutch grading system scale is from 1 to 10. A “6” means “sufficient”. Students hardly receive a 10. All other academic information varies depending on the programme in which the student is enrolled. Many European educational systems require from students a high level of individual responsibility and initiative. Developing an independent and critical way of thinking is strongly encouraged at UvA.

Medium of Instruction for Classes

English (Dutch spoken classes only available to students who are fluent in Dutch)

  • Amsterdam University College ‐ Liberal Arts & Science
  • Child Development and Education
  • Communication Science
  • Economics and Business
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

USP students are required to participate in exchange at Amsterdam University College (AUC). It is not possible to combine AUC courses with courses from other departments in UvA. UvA Faculty of Science only accepts students with at least 3 years of bachelor level study, therefore, FoS students will participate in exchange at AUC. Admission requirement for AUC differs from UvA. Students need to fulfil admission requirement at AUC to apply for exchange at AUC.

SEP Application
Restrictions for Exchange Students

Students must have completed at least 2 years of Bachelor level study prior to exchange semester at UvA. Please refer to the Useful Links section for relevant links to course information.  

NUS Application Deadline

Please check with SEP Administrator in the Dean’s Office for actual dates.

Housing Options

The UvA provides international students with student rooms in the city of Amsterdam and its surrounding area. The UvA offers various kinds of rooms, including shared rooms, private rooms with shared facilities and private rooms with private facilities. Exchange students are guaranteed housing and housing application fee of about €315 is applicable for one semester stay. Please check UvA website for the most updated housing application fee.

Rental ranges from  approximately €2,000 to €3,200 per semester, depending on room type. Additional administration fee of about €150 is applicable for each new rental contract. Contract periods are fixed for the duration of the semester. It is not possible to shorten the contract when a student decides to arrive late, or leave early before the end of the term. However, extension over summer is possible.

Students going on exchange at the Amsterdam University College (AUC) are housed at AUC’s student residences and are not able to use the UvA housing services.

Visa & Insurance
Visa & Residence Permit

Visa and residence permit requirements are dependent on nationality. Please refer to Useful Links section for relevant links on visa and residence permit requirements.

Citizens of European Union member states, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and the USA do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. All other students must apply for a visa, called “Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf” (MVV) in order to enter the Netherlands. Students with Chinese nationalities are required to register with Nuffic ( the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education) in order to obtain a “Nuffic Certificate” before applying for the visa.

All students (except citizens of European Union member states) are required to apply for a residence permit in order to study in the Netherlands for a period longer than three months. The cost of residence permit with or without entry visa is €325.

Health/Medical Insurance

All students are required, by Dutch law, to have appropriate health insurance for the duration of stay in the Netherlands. UvA does not have a mandatory health insurance plan but have special agreements for exchange students with certain insurance companies.  For non-European Union students requesting a residence permit through the UvA, liability insurance is also mandatory. Please refer to Useful Links section for relevant links on insurance.

Cost of Living
Estimated Monthly Living Expenses
Breakdown of Costs
€375 - €600*
€400 - €500
Others (Entertainment, clothes)
Monthly Estimate
€1,045 - €1,370

*excluding housing application fee, housing administration fee and refundable room deposit.
Please refer to the Useful Links section for the relevant links to the estimated costs of living.

Additional Information
Useful Links
More Questions?

Module Mapping, Course Selections & Application

Please check with your SEP Administrator/Coordinator in the Dean's Office.