Overview

University of Amsterdam

City: Amsterdam
Language of instruction: Dutch, English

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

ArtsLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

Language assessment is required if enrolling in Dutch coursework.

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ELIGIBILITY + TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

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.

Term dates

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.

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

5.5

Grading scheme

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.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* 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

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

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

Partner Course Information

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.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ARCL 3rd
Title: Places of Memory. Epic stories and archaeology
Partner course code: 110212416Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-20
UBC course: ARCL 3rd
Title: Race and Physical Anthropology
Partner course code: SCAP 7313T0066Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-21
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Capita Selecta Western Art: from Salvador Dali till the present
Partner course code: HKRC 102010012Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-28
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Photography in Modern and Contemporary Art
Partner course code: HKRC 114217046Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-28
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Hermetica IV: Western Esotericism since the Enlightenment
Partner course code: RS7138
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-04-06
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Critical Humanitarian Governance
Partner course code: POLA 73220Z05LY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-20
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Behavioural Economics
Partner course code: Econ & Bus 6012B0265Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-29
UBC course: ELEV 3rd
Title: Mindfulness
Partner course code: 7012K452AY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-21
UBC course: ELEV 3rd
Title: Seminar on Law & Legal Practice in an International & Comparative Perspective
Partner course code: ISHS 7603B0020Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-21
UBC course: ENGL 1st
Title: Literature in Theory
Partner course code: EN 63171
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-02
UBC course: ENGL 347
Title: Authors in Focus 3: Renaissance Women Writers
Partner course code: 123011396Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-07
UBC course: ENGL 4th
Title: The European Novel: Novelistic Fiction in European Literature
Partner course code: 105212042Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-08
UBC course: FIST 331
Title: Literature and Film: An Introduction
Partner course code: 105214026Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-19
UBC course: FIST 3rd
Title: The American Western and it's Impact on Global Film Culture
Partner course code: 105210032
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-06-11
UBC course: GEOB 3rd
Title: Hydrology and Watershed Management
Partner course code: SCI 900282
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-10
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Global Environmental Governance
Partner course code: 900322SSC
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-25
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Environmental Law and Policy
Partner course code: 900225SSC
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-25
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Financial Geography
Partner course code: ISCP 734301250Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-16
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Risk Management and Natural Hazards
Partner course code: SCI 900222
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-09
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: The Sustainable City
Partner course code: SSC 900226
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-10
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: European Integration
Partner course code: SSC 900262
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-10
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: The Development of Social Policy
Partner course code: SSC 900373
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-10
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Migration, Integration and Diversity
Partner course code: 900372SSC
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-25
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Perspectives on Amsterdam
Partner course code: 73020012DY 415
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-04
UBC course: GRSJ 3rd
Title: The Local and Global Complexities of Prostitution
Partner course code: n/a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-06-11
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Intellectual History 2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-26
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: The Dutch Golden Age
Partner course code: HGAR 112210
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: HIST 4th
Title: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
Partner course code: HGAR 112210337Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: MUSC 323
Title: Pop: music, text, media, performance
Partner course code: AB7052
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-08-22
UBC course: POLI 364
Title: International Organizations and Global Governance
Partner course code: 7323C101FY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-18
UBC course: POLI 366
Title: International Political Economy
Partner course code: 7323C098LY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-18
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introductory Course International Development Studies
Partner course code: 734201110Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The United States, Europe and the transatlantic relationship
Partner course code: SPOL
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-01-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Theorising the global european union
Partner course code: POLA 7323D025LY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-09-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Development Series: From Developing Countries to Emerging Markets
Partner course code: SGIP 734301230Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-01-21
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: Sport Psychology
Partner course code: PSY 7203BO38XY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-14
UBC course: PSYC 306
Title: Animal Cognition
Partner course code: PSYC 7202AK21XY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-17
UBC course: PSYC 307
Title: Cultural Psychology
Partner course code: 7203BS08XY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-17
UBC course: PSYC 309A
Title: Cognitive Psychology
Partner course code: SSC 900292
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-22
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Pro-Social Behaviour and Volunteerism
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-07
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Developmental Psych.:Social & Emotional Development
Partner course code: 7203BO40XY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-21
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Consciousness explained
Partner course code: PSY 7202AK27XY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-14
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Working in Groups
Partner course code: PSY 7203BA05VY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-14
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Motivation and Cogniton
Partner course code: PSYC 7203BS37XY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-12
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Media Psychology
Partner course code: SSC 900353
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-29
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Motivation and Cognition
Partner course code: 7203BS37XY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-12
UBC course: PSYC 4th
Title: Cultural Psychology: Migration & Acculturation
Partner course code: PSY 7204MS56XY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-14
UBC course: RELG 2nd
Title: Introduction to Sharia: Islamic Law and Morality
Partner course code: ISCP 130
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Dutch Culture and Society 1
Partner course code: HNRL 120217346Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-14
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Trends, Social Problems and Social Policiesin the Netherlands I & II
Partner course code: CSW 73020006KY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-12
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Trends, Social Problems, and Social Policies
Partner course code: 73020006KY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-12
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Big questions in future society
Partner course code: SSC 900155
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-06
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Dutch Culture and Society 2
Partner course code: HNRL 120217356Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Topic Media and politics in a comparative perspective
Partner course code: 77533400CH 415
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-04
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Trends, Social Problems and Social Policies
Partner course code: 73020006KY 415
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-12
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: China: Emerging Superpower?
Partner course code: 5512CHIN6Y 415
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-04
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Moving Manhood
Partner course code: SSOC 7333F0003Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-08-28
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Perspectives on Home and Housing
Partner course code: FRWA 734301240Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-20
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Marketing Management
Partner course code: 6012B0239Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-05-26
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Strategy and Organization
Partner course code: 6012B02
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: E-Business
Partner course code: ACEB 6012B0268
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-11
UBC course: COMM 491
Title: Strategic Management
Partner course code: ACEB 6012B0256
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-11
Education
UBC course: ELEV 3rd
Title: Mindfulness
Partner course code: Educ 7012K452AY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-12
Science
UBC course: FNH 2ND
Title: Nutrition and Health
Partner course code: SCI 271
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-04
UBC course: MICB 302
Title: Immunology
Partner course code: SCI 263
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-29
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Psychophysiological Experimentation
Partner course code: PSYC 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-07
UBC course: PSYC 4th
Title: Human Stress Research
Partner course code: SCI 900373SCI
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-01
UBC course: SCIE 1st
Title: Big Questions in Science
Partner course code: ACC/SCI 151
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-27
UBC course: STAT 200
Title: Statistics for Sciences
Partner course code: STAT 900128ACC
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-31

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 403
Title: Anthropology of East Asia
Partner course code: ANTH 7312R0061Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-07-16
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Urban Utopias
Partner course code: HUM 243
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-06
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Art market and the Cultural Industry
Partner course code: HUM 341
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-06
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Art in China
Partner course code: HUM 344
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-06
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Dutch Language for Beginners
Partner course code: CEFR 0 - A2
Language of instruction: Dutch
Evaluated date: 2013-08-30
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Dutch Language for Absolute Beginners
Partner course code: CEFR 0 - B2
Language of instruction: Dutch
Evaluated date: 2013-08-30
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Netherlands 2
Partner course code: HNRL 120217622Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-27
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: Evil in Thought and Literature
Partner course code: PHIL 136215142y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-19
UBC course: FILM 3rd
Title: Film and the Body
Partner course code: HUM 232
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-06
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Environment and Sustainable Development
Partner course code: 734301280Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-08-30
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Perspectives on Amsterdam
Partner course code: ASW 73020012DY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Dutch Identity: Images of Dutch Society through Time
Partner course code: 73020009KY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-08-23
UBC course: POLI 2nd
Title: Introduction to Islamic Law
Partner course code: POLI 121217016Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Negotiation, Conflict and Governance
Partner course code: 73220Z03LY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-08-30
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introductory Course International Development Studies
Partner course code: 734201110Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-08-30
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introduction to Conflict Studies
Partner course code: 73220Z01LY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-08-30
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Innovation, politics and global transformation in the early 21st century
Partner course code: POLA 7323B034LY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-09
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: European public policy in times of crisis
Partner course code: POLA 7323B039LY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-09
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The United States, Europe and the transatlantic relationship
Partner course code: POLA 7323C083FY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-09
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Interventions and Conflict
Partner course code: SPOL 7323C104FY
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-24
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Public International Law
Partner course code: ISHS 7603A0150Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-09
UBC course: POLI 4th
Title: Cultural Conflicts: From the Berlin Wall to the Anthropocene
Partner course code: POLI 105214002Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-10
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: International Development Studies Lecture Series
Partner course code: SGPI 73430123
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-07-04
UBC course: SOCI 426
Title: Cities and Change
Partner course code: SSW 7302S2020Y
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-07-04
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Photography in Modern and Contemporary Art
Partner course code: K238 15019
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-12
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Islamic Art and Architecture
Partner course code: Q201 16196
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-12
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

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.

Additional awards

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.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

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.
Housing

Housing notes

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.

Information on Accommodation

How to applyBack to UBCO