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Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level


Starting Price
$1,000 USD
Price Details
The tuition fee of a two-week course will range between €1000 - €1150 (excluding housing). This includes: an orientation program, pick up service from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance and a transcript of records after completion of the course.
Jun 22, 2020
Jul 17, 2019

About Program

Spend your summer studying a challenging and interdisciplinary topic in the vibrant UNESCO World Heritage city of Amsterdam. The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers small-scale courses in a wide range of exciting fields at an excellent research university, VU Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a historic city with a modern and creative feel. It is the most international city in the world, a true metropolis, bustling with student life. It is considered a very safe and friendly city in a country where English is widely spoken.

The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers courses in three consecutive blocks during the month July and August. It is possible to combine two courses in order to create a four- or six-week programme.

Included in the tuition fee: airport pick-up service, an orientation program, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance and a transcript of records after completion of the course. Housing is available both on and off campus.

Program Reviews

9.23 Rating
based on 26 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 76.92%
  • 7-8 rating 23.08%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Academics 9
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

International lawyer's unforgetable experience

International Criminal Justice course is perfect choice for both laywers specializing in different fields of law and international laywers. I do not only gained theoretical knowlegde but also practical knowledge. Most of the professors were from the Center for International Criminal Justice as well as we had lectures run by judges of International Criminal Court. Course also included study visits to the International Criminal Court and Special Tribunal for Lebanon. These study visits gave us practical knowledge as we had the meetings with the laywers from Prosecution and Defense Office who told their own experiences. What I liked mostly was that our courses were student -centered and full of discussions of different challenges that International Criminal Court and international community faces. I recommend everyone to take this perfect course!

What would you improve about this program?
Everything is perfect. The organization and the quality of our courses are really high.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

VU Amsterdam Summer School

I have spent two weeks in Amsterdam, doing "Data Analysis in R" course in VU Amsterdam Summer School.
It has been a great experience, the course has been helpful as I study statistics in Italy.
It has became more and more difficult, but that was really challenging and the teacher was always there to help all students.
The staff have taken us to many beautiful places such as The Hague, Van Ghoog museum and we did the tour boat around the city, it has been amazing and very fun
I have met wonderful people

13 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


Wonderful experience. It was a multi national classroom. Working together with different people have a broader impact on me. I would like to join more courses at here. The computer laboratory are very well prepared. The atmosphere at the University is very supportive to intellectual cultivation of ideas. The student organisations are also are very supportive and accomodating . I would highly recommend others to take the opportunity to take part in the study program .

What would you improve about this program?
More material and pace should include other students from diverse background .
10 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

VU Summer School - Operations Research

I attended the Operations Research: A Mathematical Way to Optimize your World course during the VU Summer School program. VU is obviously an institution which prides itself on delivering excellence every aspect. This is seen from the quality of the course itself and the knowledgeable lecturers to the well maintained and modern university facilities. The VU Summer School team is also very well organized!

I thoroughly enjoyed making new friends with the other students attending Summer School. It is such a privilege to learn about their countries and cultures. I'm sure I will end up visiting some of them in the future!

8 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Decolonising Europe Amsterdam Summer School

I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks at this summer school - it was very intensive, focus and the staff were really enthusiastic. All of the excursions were interesting and relevant, and I saw a lot of Amsterdam through trips with the course. We even had a canal tour included looking at black heritage in the city. Overall I was very impressed with the organisation of the course and really can't fault anything.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I'd started doing the readings a lot in advance
10 people found this review helpful.
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VU Summer School Review: Decolonizing Europe

VU summer school has expanded my horizons exponentially. I have not just grown academically but as a person as well. The lecturers are experts in their field and drive you to achieve your best. Although intensive 'Decolonizing Europe' is an incredible course which has helped me to develop a new way of thinking and looking at the world and I believe it will help me to achieve more moving forward in my academic career.

What would you improve about this program?
My course was significantly intensive, not an issue as it helped me expand my knowledge. However, it did mean that I had to miss several of the excursions which was annoying. The administrators were helpful with getting refunds. However, more communication between administrators and course directors on when the courses need to stop to allow students to get to the excursions would be useful.
7 people found this review helpful.
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Neurodegenerative diseases course

Overall an amazing course taught by a collaboration of insightful and inspiring lecturers. We have a project due at the end of the course which allows each group of students to become amateur professionals in a specific area of study. The course also has hands on labs which allows us to learn by conducting our own mini experiments.
The housing accommodation I am staying at is the JANSON Hotel. It's a student hotel so there is a shared kitchen. We need to purchase our own essentials because shampoos soaps lotions and toilet paper is not given. We are given two towels for an additional charge along with a flat sheet and comfortpr to use during the stay. The hotel is far from the city and school so a bike rental is absolutely necessary!

Overall great time in Amsterdam!

What would you improve about this program?
I think there should be inclusive activities for the student to take part in together. I also think more trips could have been added.
The staff is very helpful for this program! Everyone is so sweet and nice! I enjoyed the program! Nicely organized!
10 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Academically interesting summer school, excellent price/quality ratio

All in all, I was very happy with the Summer Course I took at the VU Amsterdam, which was in Empirical Legal Methods.

The professor herself was amazing. She wrote a book especially for the purpose of this course, although we were only 9. At the same time, she managed to make basic social science research methods ''sexy'' for law students, which is most definately not an easy thing to do.

Besides that, I was also very harppy with the quality of the accomodation at Hotel Jansen. If I ever noticed another interesting course and were to have time, I would definately consider returning to this Summer School.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it might be helpful if some more social events were included with the ''whole group''. For example, there was a small welcome reception upon arrival of the program, but then there was some sort of ''gap'' between arrival and the first class on Monday. Thus, I believe it might be fun to add some common extra group events to the program in the first weekend (e.g. first day: some kind of competition between groups that have to perform different tasks in the city of Amsterdam, etc.).
9 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

I could do pretty much I wanted to do. I didn't sign up for any excursions (we had only one trip to firefighters training center which was part of learning program). After the end of classes in each day I could do what ever I wanted to do and with who I wanted to. I took "Big Data in Society", maybe some other curriculum they have more field trips inside program.