Founded in 1632, Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)
is the second largest and most international university in the Netherlands. To attract some of the best students from around the world, UvA has developed strong academic programs in English, which currently offers 30 international certificate, masters, and PhD programs. The university enrolls close to 25,000 students in seven faculties, including over 2,500 international students and researchers from over 100 countries.
University of Amsterdam Fact Sheet
Boston College students are fully immersed 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 humanities and social science subjects; students take the majority of courses in one faculty. CSOM students cannot take business courses at UvA.
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.
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in late January and ends in late June.
Housing fees will be paid directly to UvA and costs will vary according to the type of accommodation. Since the university does not have a campus, student housing is scattered throughout the city. Exchange students at UvA usually reside in student rooms/apartments. For information on housing options please click here.
BC students will be contacted by UvA prior to their arrival with details of their housing assignment. Fall/year students who attend the ISN Orientation program in late August must book accommodation in a hotel/hostel at their own expense for a few nights since UvA dormitories will not open before September.
Most student accommodations will be equipped with a kitchen, and a meal plan is not provided. Students who wish to cook for themselves will have access to many markets or supermarkets in the area. UvA also has food facilities that are available for a very good and cheap meal.
Throughout the year, extra-curricular activities are organized by the university. The International Student Network is a fantastic outlet for international students searching for cultural activities. The ISN organizes an introduction for international students, a student mentor program, and other various events during the semesters. A flyer entitled “The Amsterdam Monthly” is also issued throughout the term to announce activities to students. For more information, please see this website
Students may purchase pre-paid cell phones upon arrival (these do not require a contract).
Bicycles are the most popular form of local transportation 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, visit the "Getting Around" section of the IAmsterdam website