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Vrije University EXC
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Agreement Scope:
Program Description:


Location: Amsterdam
Year Established:  1880
Student population: 31,100
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.

With most of its buildings on one campus, VU University Amsterdam is centrally located in the Zuidas district and has good research and teaching facilities that are currently being modernised. It boasts an international community, plenty of student associations, Dutch lessons and the Griffioen theatre.
Unique characteristics
VU University Amsterdam is renowned for its criminological research - it hosts the criminological research institute NSCR – and has a long tradition of law and society. It offers many English-taught courses in a variety of subjects and takes an interdisciplinary, international approach in its programs. It’s home to several internationally renowned legal researchers.
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.

Amsterdam - Vrejie University

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: Uni-Wide

Arts and Social Sciences








Exclusions may apply: anything not listed in the exchange study guide cannot be taken.
Law students can only apply through the Vrije law agreement. 

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September- January
Semester 2: February - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
At the host university, grades are awarded in numerical terms, from 1-10. More information on the host university's s grading system 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and Dutch.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Introduction programs will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
The International Office provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia

Student Experiences

This is a new agreement in 2017! Once a student returns from exchange, we'll upload their experience here as soon as possible (or go on exchange here and write the review yourself!)

This program is currently not accepting applications.