University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a long history. It evolved from the Athenaeum Illustre (1632) and now, with more than 28,000 students, 5,000 staff and a budget of over 487 million euros, it ranks among the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. It belongs to the League of European Research Universities and maintains intensive contact with universities all over the world.
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
Language assessment is required if enrolling in Dutch coursework.
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Students must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% and be entering their third year or above to attend this school. Exchange students must take courses from within their assigned department/Faculty.
UvA Semester 1: Early September to Late December
UvA Semester 2: Early February to Early June
Notes on eligibility and timing
The semesters are divided in blocks of 8 + 8 + 4 weeks, with proper planning and flexibility in choosing courses students can complete 30 ECTS (fulltime semester course load) in the first two periods, making the last period of 4 weeks optional (January and June).
Students electing to study at the Amsterdam University College can definitely return to UBC in time for Term 2 as many courses are offered within the first blocks of the semester.
Course equivalency formula
ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits
The Dutch grading system scale ranges from 1 to 10: 8 - 10 = excellent 7.5 - 8 = very good 7 - 7.5 = good 6 - 7 = satisfactory 5.5 - 6 = sufficient less than 5.5 = fail
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Exchange students can only be registered at one academic department at UvA, and must select courses from within that department. Students hoping to take courses outside the Faculty/Department must seek approval upon acceptance.
Once students are accepted by the University of Amsterdam, they can choose to enroll in the Amsterdam University College (AUC). AUC is a joint institute for the UvA. The AUC's Liberal Arts and Science programs are taught in English.
Full course load information
30 ECTS credits per semester
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Accommodation for exchange students coming from UBC is guaranteed and allocated upon the preferences of the student in types of accommodation (single or shared) and costs (in between 1700 and 2900 euro per semester). Students who applied for UvA accommodation will receive an offer 1 to 3 months before the start of the semester.