Graduate School of Social Sciences

Tuition, Costs & Scholarships

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The tuition fee includes:

  • a bicycle for 3 weeks
  • lunch on class days
  • public transportation card
  • 1 day of professional presentation skill-building with Debatrix
  • access to course materials on Blackboard
  • Excursion to Rotterdam
  • All site visits
  • Welcome Drinks and Farewell Dinner
  • certificate of attendance
  • Transcripts from the UvA

The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.

Length of programme:   3 weeks
Tuition fee:   € 1525


As in many major European cities and combined with growing tourism during the summer months, there is a shortage of affordable housing in Amsterdam. 

Participants can either arrange their housing through providers in the private sector such as Airbnb and, or participants can request accommodation through the Summer Programmes Office and our housing partners. For those that would like our assistance in booking accommodation, the Summer Programmes Office reserves basic, dorm-style student housing with the housing corporation, De Key. 

In the online application, you can state whether you would like our assistance booking a student room at our special price listed in the table above, or you can always arrange your own accommodation in the private sector. There is a limited number of rooms, so it is first come, first serve. 

For more detailed information on the accommodation offered by the Summer Programmes Office, please see the table and PDF below. 

Housing fee:   € 525


Cancellation Policy

Students may cancel their participation in a summer programme for a full refund, minus €250 administration fee (and potential housing costs), if the Summer Programmes Office staff is notified in writing (email is also valid) at least 30 days before the start of the programme (orientation/opening date).  No refunds will be given after this date.  If students know there is a chance they may have to cancel, we encourage them to contact us as soon as possible so that non-refundable items are not booked for them. 

In the event that a programme must be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances or an insufficient number of students, students who have paid tuition and housing fees will be reimbursed in full.  If applicable, students will be offered a spot in another programme, if a similar programme is available. 


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship

If your university is a member of the  Universitas 21 network and/or  LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500.  You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer programme.  If you graduate before the start of the summer programme but were a student at the time of submitting your application, you will still be eligible for the scholarship.  

Students studying at Dutch universities on these lists are not eligible for these scholarships.    

You must verify that your home university is a member of the LERU network and/or the U21 network. The Summer Programmes Office GSSS will then be able to submit your application to the U21/LERU scholarship fund. The final decision on granting these scholarships is made by the UvA following acceptance of the candidates into the summer programmes. The €500 scholarship will be deducted from your tuition.  

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility by making sure that your home university is in the   LERU or   U21 network.
  • Step 2:  Apply to the programme and indicate that you are applying for a LEUR or U21 scholarship in the scholarship field.  
  • Step 3: Upon acceptance you will hear if you have received the partial scholarship. 

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes/NFP Scholarship (APPLICATION CLOSED)

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing fellowships for training and education for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

The NFP is meant for professionals who are nationals of and work and live in one of the 51 NFP countries. The countries have been classified into two categories (I and II). Category I countries are priority countries and will receive more fellowships.

Candidates have to be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of the organisation.

Application deadline: October 21, 2016 23:59 (CEST)



The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of and working in one of the following countries: 

  • Algeria 
  • Egypt 
  • Iraq 
  • Jordan 
  • Lebanon 
  • Libya 
  • Morocco 
  • Oman 
  • Syria 
  • Tunisia

While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. This means that employers must nominate an applicant and motivate his or her application in a supporting letter.

Application deadline: October 21, 2016 23:59 (CEST)

AUF/AUV Travel Grant Scholarship

The Amsterdam University Fund is offering three €375 partial scholarships for students in the Graduate School of Social Sciences Summer Programmes. The scholarship will help to cover the expenses for travel to and from the Netherlands. The conditions for eligibility for the scholarship are as follows:

  • You are applying to a summer programme
  • You are not living in the Netherlands

Priority will be given to UvA Alumni. The grant cannot be used in conjuncture with other scholarships (i.e. LERU/U21/GEP). 

If you meet the above conditions and would like to be considered for the scholarship, please write “AUF/AUV” in “scholarship” field on the online application, and write a one-page letter which states why you need the travel grant in order to participate in the summer programme.

The Amsterdam University Fund (Stichting Amsterdams Universiteitsfonds) is a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In order to apply for the travel grant, you must have a complete application on file with the Summer Programmes Office.

Further Funding

Below you will find links to scholarship databases and other known places to look for funding.

There is also information for American and Canadian students who are interested in applying for a loan.

Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

14 December 2016