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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/15/2019
02/03/2020 06/29/2020
Year 2020-2021 03/02/2020
Fall 2020 03/02/2020

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, History, Human Health, Linguistics, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Quantitative Science, Sociology, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No language prerequisite
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Dutch, English
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Jessica Mrase
Program Description:

*Application Deadline: September 15, 2019
**Students applying to VU are required to be nominated by their study abroad advisor prior to the submission of their Emory application. 

Hosted by
: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Academic Focus: The program is open to non-Linguistics majors, however preference will be given to students studying Linguistics.

Approximate Dates: Fall: Periods 1 and 2 (early September - late December); Spring: Periods 4 and 5 (early February - late June) Linguistics majors should only enroll in the Fall semester, there are very few linguistics courses available in the spring.

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.

Courses: The regular academic term is the equivalent of 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits per one semester (840 hours of study) for the duration of 21 weeks. Most courses have a workload of 10 ECTS credits; some have a value of 5 ECTS. Students will enroll in two 10-credit courses (Emory equivalent of 5 credits each), one 5-credit course (Emory equivalent of 3 credits), and an optional Dutch language course (Emory equivalent of 5 credits each).

Credit and Grade Translation - Virje University

One course on Linguistics and the Dutch language course are required for all program participants.

Students are encouraged to enroll in all courses based at the Faculty of Arts. In some cases, students may opt to take one social science course in the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The five main departments in the Faculty of Arts includes: Ancient Studies, Art and Culture, History, Modern Languages and Culture, and Language and Communication.

To view a list of course options, please click here: VU Amsterdam Course Options

Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this OISP Master Blanket Approval List.

NOTE: Only some of these courses will be offered in a given semester, and others that may be offered are not listed here. You will need to check the exact course listing for the semester you will be studying in Amsterdam at VU.

Living Arrangements:
Students stay at the VU Guesthouse in either single or double rooms equipped with a bed, desk, and cupboard. Housing is limited at the university, so students are encouraged to apply early in order to secure a space in the guesthouse. Housing costs are approximately $1700-$3000 per semester depending on the room. Students are required to pay the 450 euro deposit upon arrival to Amsterdam.

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets (Spring, Fall).

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. For more information, please visit Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants, Research & Service

Program Resources:

Why Holland?

For more information on Emory University's Structured Independent Language Study Program (SILS) please click here: SILS

Jessica Mrase, Emory Study Abroad Advisor,


This program is currently not accepting applications.