Study at an internationally elite university, one of the top 15 schools in Europe
Live in the historic capital of the Netherlands, a city full of romantic canals and cafés
Explore 250 miles of urban bike paths
The University and Location The Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) is one of the largest research universities in Europe with more than 30,000 students and 250 study programs (many of which are taught in English). It is ranked among the best schools in the world. Classes are composed of both international and Dutch students.
UvA is located in the center of Amsterdam, the largest city and capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is a historic place with rich cultural heritage, home to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. The city is packed with cozy cafes. Miles of canals and bike paths radiate out from the city’s core. Amsterdam is also a hub for industry, hosting some of the largest companies in the world, including Philips.
The current curriculum is comprised of over 100 international study programs. English taught courses can be found in Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Business & Economics, and Future Planet Studies. You can find program descriptions on the Exchange Programme Page. To see specific classes offered, click on the programme link that interests you, then click the Courses link in the left hand menu, scroll down to find a Course Catalog. From the catalog, you can click on subjects in the left hand menu to see the classes available.
Dutch Language Courses
The Institute for Dutch as a Second Language (INTT) offers an Intensive 48-hour Dutch Language course twice a year prior to the start of the semester, in August and January. Students who successfully finish the course will receive a full reimbursement for the costs. More information can be found on the INTT webpage.
Credits and Grading
Loyola students will take between 24 and 30 ECTS credits (12-15 credits at Loyola). The average course load is 4-6 courses per semester.
The following grade conversion chart is approximate
8.5 - 10
7.5 - 8.4
7 - 7.4
6.5 – 6.9
6 – 6.4
5.5 – 5.9
0 – 5.4
Academic Calendar Semesters at UvA are split into 3 blocks (8, 8 and 4 weeks). Fall semester students should only take courses during the first and second block in order to be finished by mid-December. Fall Semester: Fall block 1: Mid-August – End of October
Fall block 2: End of October – Mid-December
Fall block 3: Beginning of January – Beginning of February
Spring block 1: End of January – End of March
Spring block 2: Beginning of April through end of May
Spring block 3: Beginning of June – End of June
Before each semester the International Student Network (ISN) in Amsterdam offers 3 intensive orientation days for all new international students. Participants meet other students and get to know Amsterdam and its universities. The program costs 65 Euro. Loyola students are required to participate. Click here to learn more about ISN and Introduction Week here. ISN is a wonderful way for international students to build community and experience UvA. Their team of Global Exchange Ambassadors create a fun newsletter every month- the Exchange Express-to share international stories and tips!
General Intake appointment
The intake appointment covers all practical matters of arriving in Amsterdam, including your UvA student card, opening a Dutch bank account, civil registration and legal residency in the Netherlands.
Faculty information sessions (mandatory)
All faculties/academic departments will organize an information session. During these sessions important information will be given about studying at the UvA, course registration and academic environment will be given. The meetings are mandatory.
Student Life Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
Housing and Meals
Loyola students attending University of Amsterdam live in student apartments arranged by the University of Amsterdam, but owned and managed by private corporations.
Detailed information about the different housing options can be found under Practical Matters on UvA’s International Exchange webpage, located in the Useful Links section below.
NOTE: Students are recommended to arrive in the last week of January. The International Student Network (ISN) has an introduction week from Feb. 1-3. Classes start Monday, Feb 5.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.