Exchange programmes


Spend a semester or even a whole year studying in Amsterdam! Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers about 300 Bachelor’s courses in English. Many Master’s courses are also open for exchange students.

Nomination & application

We offer exchange programmes for students from partner universities for one (5 months) or two semesters (10 months). The first step is to contact the International Office of your home university/faculty, since they must formally nominate you.

Before you arrive

We will offer you a room at one of our student locations in Amsterdam or Amstelveen. We will also arrange your visa/residence permit, if applicable.

When you arrive

We have prepared some useful information connected with your stay in Amsterdam, including information about the Arrival Days, insurance, opening a bank account, cycling and public transport.

Buddy programme

We offer exchange students the opportunity to be matched to a (Dutch) VU student. Your buddy will help you with academic, practical as well as social matters.


If you have any questions about our exchange programme, please contact the members of the incoming exchange team.