Amsterdam University College (AUC) was established as collaboration between the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. AUC is a small, selective honors college designed to support interdisciplinary learning and teaching. AUC offers a broad range of classes in the liberal arts and sciences. AUC’s unique academic program fosters connections across several different academic disciplines. Students can take classes in a variety of fields. All classes are taught in English.
Boston College students are fully immersed in the host university, taking regular courses in English and socializing with their Dutch and European counterparts. English is widely spoken in the Netherlands. A broad curriculum is offered across a number of disciplines.
Universiteit van Amsterdam
1012 ZA Amsterdam
Academics & Support
The academic system at Amsterdam is different than what students find at Boston College. Students will take a total of 30 ECTS (credits) per semester. Courses are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to do much more independent reading. Student’s grades will be based on a limited number of assignments.
Course information for Amsterdam is available here
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-August and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early February and ends in late May.
For more information on finances and scholarships, visit OIP’s website
Housing fees will be paid directly to AUC and costs will vary according to the type of accommodation. All AUC students are housed in a purpose-built complex on the Carolina MacGillavrylaan in the Science Park Amsterdam, in the Watergraafsmeer neighbourhood of the city. These modern student residences are owned and run by DUWO housing association. AUC guarantees accommodation for all its students - which is a huge plus, as it can be very difficult to find somewhere to live in Amsterdam.
All AUC students are also expected to live in the student residences throughout their studies, so that their time at AUC becomes a true intercultural and social learning experience. The residential aspect of the international campus is an important part of life at AUC. You will be able to cooperate and discuss issues with fellow students and lecturers both during and after class hours, and engage in various social and cultural activities.
Further information regarding housing can be found here
The host universities offer a variety of social activities
including, a mentor program, excursions and social events. The universities also offers a variety of clubs, although most activities are conducted in Dutch, English is widely spoken.
: Bicycles are the most popular form of transport in Amsterdam. Students might consider purchasing a bike on your own. Second-hand bikes vary in price from €100 to €200 with decent locks costing approximately €50. Amsterdam is accessible by bus, tram or metro. For more information on timetables and ticket prices, go to the A"Getting Around" section of the IAmsterdam
Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process visit the OIP website
Please note that places on this program are limited and there is no waiting list. Due to the high volume of applications, candidates who are selected typically have a GPA higher than the minimum GPA listed on the program page. Students are encouraged to research a second program as a back-up option. Students interested in applying for this program are strongly encouraged to meet with the appropriate advisor to go over any questions. Many programs with limited spots are early deadline (December 15).
Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.