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Vrije University Summer School - Short Term Study Abroad
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
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Short-term Duration:
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Summer School

Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Program dates: Session 1: 30 June - 14 July 2018; Session 2: 14 - 28 July 2018
Application deadline: None specified (recommended to apply early)
Duration: 2 weeks per session
Type: Non-exchange

Program Description
Students have the opportunity to escape the Sydney winter to undertake study at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. There are two two-week sessions available to USYD students during the July winter holidays, and students can choose whether to partake in one or both of these. This is an excellent chance to explore the vibrant city of Amsterdam during summer – ride a bicycle along the canals to class, where you can learn in a world-class academic environment.

Academic Information

Level: Undergraduate / Postgraduate
Language:  English
Relevant subject areas: Dutch language & culture, history, psychology, health studies, legal studies, finance, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, management
Credit points: 3 ECTS per course (some courses may differ)
General conversion: 7.5 ECTS = 6 USYD credits
Courses available
You can study a maximum of one coure per session. You are only able to participate in session 1 if this does not impact your exams for semester 1 at the University of Sydney. Special consideration will not be approved.
Session 1: 30 JUNE - 14 JULY
- Big Data in Society
- Buddhism and Psychology
- Causal Evaluation Methods in Education Research
- Creativity and Innovation (with Cardiff University)
- Data Analysis in R
- Decolonizing Europe: History, Memory, Redress (with Brown University)
- Emerging Financing Models in a Dynamic World (With University of East Anglia)
- Empirical Research Methods for Legal Studies
- Global Health
- Hands-on Anthropology: Role of the Ethnographer
- International Criminal Justice
- Nature and Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics
- Neurodegenerative Diseases: From Lab to Patient and Back
- Programming in Python
- The Economics of Urbanization
Session 2: 14 - 28 JULY
- Applications of Fluorescence in the Life Sciences
- Artificial Intelligence for a Healthy Life
- Brain and Mind
- Criminal Organizations: An Economic Perspective
- Data Analysis in R
- Design, Society and Cultures of Display in Museums
- Discover the Dutch: Language and Culture
- Essential Academic English (B2)
- Feeding the Billions: Challenges and Innovation in Food and Water Security
- Hands-on Anthropology and Ethnographic Storytelling
- Human Movement Analysis
- Laws in Antiquity: Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World
- New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship
- Organizational Behaviour Management
- The Beautiful Mind: Global Perceptions of Mental Health
- The Heart of Capitalism: Amsterdam 1600-Present
- Wildlife Crime Analysis: Data-Driven Nature Protection

View the VU website for links to course information an syllabi,

Applying for academic credit
This program is available on a non-exchange basis only. If you wish to receive academic credit towards your University of Sydney course you must have approval from your faculty prior to departure.
How to apply for academic credit.

Useful Information 

Local Overview
The Netherlands is one of Europe’s smallest countries but it has one of the most important economies. It’s known for its high quality education and as a safe country where most people speak English. Its capital, Amsterdam, is known for its seventeenth century buildings, canals, houseboats and windmills. Here you can enjoy the wonderful art of Vermeer and Rembrandt or chill out in a cozy café or coffee shop.
Host institution
Located in a city that is renowned for business and trade, Vrije University Amsterdam, or VU, has a long tradition of fostering academic excellence and the highest ethical values. Vrije University means ‘Free University’ - it was established as a Christian institution but without the influence of church or state. Today it ranked among the best in the world and still has a strong Christian ethos with an emphasis on academic freedom and independence.

Sourcing accommodation in Amsterdam can be difficult and so it is recommended that you utilise the Vrije Universiteit (VU) housing options. VU offers on campus accommodation at De Boelelaan, which comprises on a private room with a shared bathroom and kitchen. This is EURO490 per session (14 nights. The off-campus option is at Hotel Jansen whic is a 10 minute bike ride/30 minute walk to campus. This option comprises of a private room and bathroom with a shared kitchen. It's priced at EURO560 per session (14 nights).
View full information about the accommodation offered by VU.


Program fee: EURO€1,000 - €1,150 depending on course (AUD$1,530 - $1,760)

Program fee includes: Tuition, airport pickup service, course excursions, orientation and goodiebag, transcript.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Accommodation, flights, travel, meals, social programme
OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required. 

How to Apply

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select appropriate units of study at your host institution which can be credited towards your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult your Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Please ensure you read all information on this brochure page, taking note of and deadlines and any requirements detailed.

To apply to this program you will need to:
1. Commence the Sydney Abroad application by clicking the 'Apply' button below.
2. Follow instructions provided within the Sydney Abroad application to complete and submit the host application prior to the host deadline.
3. If you wish to request academic credit for this overseas program, submit an application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as possible.
4. If accepted by the host, upload your acceptance to your Sydney Abroad application and click 'Submit Application'.

Applications have now closed for Jul 2018.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of you academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

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