VU University Amsterdam


Exchange program  

VU University Amsterdam is located in the capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is unusual in that it has all the advantages of a big city – culture, history, food, entertainment, and good public transport – with relatively few of the disadvantages: it is physically small, beautiful, relatively quiet and, largely thanks to its canals, has relatively little traffic. This university of 17,000 students is located in the southwest of the city and is easily reached by public transport. The Netherlands has a maritime climate, bringing lots of rain and only moderate variations in temperature between the four seasons. 

Program of Study 
Originally designed for Business students, this program is now available to all eligible Berry College students.  Courses are usually taught through a mix of large lectures and small group tutorials.  See sidebar to search for classes.  Students may also take a beginning Dutch language course for an additional fee.  Each semester consists of 2 or 3 periods, in each of which students usually take 2 classes.  Students studying in the fall are allowed to participate in Periods 1 and 2 only, as Period 3 finishes in January.   Grading scale:  9-10 = Berry A   8 = A-   7 = B; 6 = C   5.5 – 5.9 = D  below 5.5 = F   

Living Arrangements 
Students live in the VU University Guesthouse for exchange students or other university housing. Accommodation consists of furnished rooms with private or shared facilities. 

Costs (click  here for currency converter) 
Students pay Berry College semester tuition. Prices are subject to change, and other fees may apply.  

Juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply for selection. This program requires a great deal of independent study.