Short programmes

Spend your summer, winter or a semester in Amsterdam, studying a challenging and interdisciplinary topics. 

VU Amsterdam Summer School

Spend your summer in Amsterdam, studying a challenging and interdisciplinary topic. Our summer school offers small-scale courses offered in a wide range of disciplines. The courses are taught by excellent academics, all connected to VU Amsterdam. Participating in the Amsterdam Summer School will give you a great opportunity to further develop your academic career.

Semester in Amsterdam

The Semester in Amsterdam programme welcomes students from all years of Bachelor's degree study. Students can spend either one semester or a full year abroad and are directly enrolled at VU Amsterdam. We warmly welcome free movers/individual applicants, or groups of students from partner institutions or via study abroad providers.

VU Graduate Winter School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a variety of intensive, trans-disciplinary short courses for Master students, PhD candidates and professionals. Join our Winter Programme and improve your research and communication skills.

Gap Year Experience

The VU Amsterdam Gap Year Experience provides you with the opportunity to experience life at a university and as an international student, as well as life in the city of Amsterdam, before committing to a three or four year bachelor program.


If you wish to register as a secondary course student or to follow a minor at VU Amsterdam, then you must apply in VUnet.