This year we are celebrating the 8th edition of VU Amsterdam Summer School and we are extremely excited for summer 2021! Over the past 7 years we have received more than 1500 summer school students from over 70 different countries. We are looking forward to welcoming you virtually this summer!

Meet the team
Meet Jan, VU Amsterdam Summer School coordinator and International Officers Bianca and Mayke Jildou. We are here for you if you have questions before, during and after the programme. We are adamant to make your experience as smooth as possible! Questions? Just send us an email.      

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Bianca was born and raised in Haarlem, the Netherlands. During her studies Bianca had the chance to follow an internship in Sweden, go on exchange in England, and complete a minor in Bali. After graduating she decided to work for a hostel while being able to travel several months per year. When she was ready for a new challenge her mind was set on working for the International Office of VU Amsterdam where she has happily been working since October 2017.

“In my opinion internationalisation is truly important for an individual’s personal development, global cooperation, and solidarity. I believe that each individual should go abroad to gain international and cultural awareness. A true cliché, but these are experiences I will never forget myself. It excites me to work as an International Officer to assist others in gaining this wonderful opportunity".


Eduard was born and raised in the Netherlands. At the age of 18 he spent a year working and travelling in Australia. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies, he did his Master’s internship at the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute in Auckland. Besides working at various International Offices in the Netherlands, Eduard worked as the General Manager of a remote lodge in Malawi, after which he joined the VU in 2017.

“From my own travels I have learned that living (and studying or working) abroad can be a life changing experience. That is why I always encourage students to spend at least a few months abroad and challenge themselves in a new environment, making new friends and learn from all different kind of people and cultures.”

Jan Kostelijk

Jan was born and raised in The Netherlands. During his Bachelor’s degree in European Studies he moved to the Czech Republic one year. His time abroad not only showed him the importance of complementing academic studies with international experience but also inspired his passion for internationalization. After graduation Jan worked at the Anne Frank House for some years. But he never lost his interest in academic internationalization and in 2016 he started working for the VU Amsterdam International Office.

“Studying abroad brought me so much, not only in the area of expanding knowledge but also on a more personal level. I think learning from other cultures and developing intercultural qualities are the most valuable things students can give to themselves.”,

Mayke 2 November 

Mayke Jildou was born and raised in The Netherlands. During her Language- and Culture Studies degree she became passionate about different languages, countries and cultures and went on to major in Language, Communication and Diversity. Her exchange with Kent University in the UK and travels around the world were the icing on the cake! Besides finalizing her Master degree Management of Cultural Diversity, she is thrilled to work for the summer school. She is adamant to make this experience an amazing experience abroad for you, and excited to meet you soon.  

“I once read the following from David Foster Wallace:  There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?” To discover your own ‘water’ I think you need to get out of your comfort zone and experience other cultures so you can really understand your own. Trust me, just do it! Besides having completely and utterly fallen in love with Amsterdam (like I do every day), you will go back to your homecountry with a completely different point of view.