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Summer programmes

Broaden your horizons

If you've never left your home country or continent, joining us for a summer programme at the University of Amsterdam is the ideal place to make your first step.

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With our dedicated team of experts, and over 22 years of experience, the Summer Programmes Office will ensure that you have a memorable and exciting experience abroad. Technology has made visiting new places more common than ever before. And with travel comes new cultural experiences, and the thrill of learning more about yourself and the world we all live in.

Amsterdam: a truly global city

Whether you're joining us from Bangkok or Bogota, New York or New Delhi, St. Petersburg or Sao Paolo, Amsterdam is a place for you. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, you'll find something new and exciting on every corner, and around the bend of every canal, but with all of the comforts of home. When you study with us, you won't be in a bubble. Thanks to our truly international classroom, we bring together students from over 60 different countries every summer to one of the planet's most international cities.

Services: we've got you covered

Getting to Amsterdam is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Fly from nearly any airport in the world to Amsterdam Schiphol, and transfer seamlessly with the train into the heart of downtown in 15 minutes. Amsterdam is small enough to be easy to navigate, and with our digital classroom smartphone app, you'll have all of the information you need right at your finger tips. Enjoy the perks of being an UvA student with your student card and public transit pass.

The UvA: a top global university

The University of Amsterdam's Roeterseiland Campus is a brand new complex in Amsterdam centre/east. Our state of the art classrooms, communal spaces, and dining facilities mean that you have everything you need. As an UvA Student, you have access to the library and online catalogue, and study spaces. The UvA Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences was recently rated as one of the best in the world.


As in any major city, housing in Amsterdam is scarce. So we help students book accommodation with housing corporations in Amsterdam. Participants are housed in single or shared dorms with easy access to the university and city centre. Residences are shared with your fellow classmates to help build the sense of community that we all crave.

Excursions: explore the biggest small country in the world

Whether you're in class on the weekdays, in Rotterdam or The Hague on excursions on Friday, or visiting one of the nearby cities, villages, or national parks on the weekend, the Netherlands is the biggest small country in the world. And Amsterdam is its beating heart. We have suggestions for everything from bike rides, to museums, and more. We hope you fall in love with The Netherlands as much as we have.

Get in touch

Today's students are different from yesterday's. We offer international education and community to help you make sense of our rapidly changing world. If you have any more questions or concerns, please get in touch with us in one of the following ways:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: +31 (0)20 525 3776
  • Facebook: GSSS Summer Programmes Office
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