International Relations Office

University-Wide Partner Universities


University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands



Institution Profile

The Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), founded in 1632, has a strong historical bond with the city of Amsterdam. Nowadays 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 6,000 employees, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is one of the largest comprehensive 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 programs 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: September to January
Semester 2: February to June

Curriculum Structure

The UvA uses European Community Course Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Full study workload: 30 ECTS per semester. Most courses are either 5 or 10 ECTS.  Number of hours per week: 2-3 hours per course. Number of weeks per term: 18-20 per semester. 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 ever receive a 10. All other academic information varies depending on the program in which the student is enrolled.

Medium of Instruction for Classes

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

  • Economics and Business
  • Humanities
  • Medicine (not open to exchange students)
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Science (not applicable to NUS students below 4th year of Bachelor studies)
  • Law
  • Dentistry (not open to exchange students)
  • Amsterdam University College

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. FoS students may choose Science related courses from 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

Please refer to the Other 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

International students are housed in different types of student rooms (shared accommodation, private accommodation with shared facilities, and private accommodation). Student housing is located all over the city and even outside Amsterdam in neighbouring towns like Diemen and Amstelveen. It is very difficult to find student accommodation on the private market; therefore International Student Affairs will arrange and guarantee housing for students who participate in exchange programmes within Global Exchange Programme.

Rent can vary between approximately €375 to €650 a month and the student will need another € 400/500 for living expenses. All students applying for accommodation via the UvA are required to pay an additional UvA fee; €315 (with reservation) for one semester and €525 (with reservation) for a full year. A discount on the fee will be given when students apply before the housing deadline, €50 discount for one semester and €75 for a full year. Students applying to the Amsterdam University College (AUC) are not able to use the UvA housing services. They will be placed in accommodation on the AUC campus instead.

Visa & Insurance

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. Chinese nationals who wish to attend the UvA will be required to register with Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education in order to obtain a “Nuffic Certificate” (formerly known as the NESO certificate) before applying for the visa.

Residence Permit

All students (except citizens of European Union member states) need to apply for a residence permit in order to study in the Netherlands for a period longer than three months. UvA Student Services ( will inform students about their personal immigration procedure and guide them through the online process of obtaining a visa and residence permit. The residence permit costs €320, the WHS permit costs €42. These costs include the price of a visa (if applicable). UvA is required to inform the Immigration and Naturalisation Department (IND) about the registration duration of enrolled international students. It is necessary to apply for residence permit for a stay longer than 3 months.. Registrations at the UvA will not be activated unless you have applied for a residence permit.

Health/Medical Insurance

All students are required by Dutch law to have appropriate health insurance for the duration of stay in the Netherlands. For non-EEA/EU students requesting a residence permit through the UvA, liability insurance is also mandatory.

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

Please refer to the Other 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.