Honors Program

Available Sessions





early Feb 2020 - late May 2020



Estimated Credits:

12 - 15


Apply by 9/30/19 Withdraw by 10/30/19


  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Complete Application
  • Motivation
  • Transcript - Unofficial


Course Prerequisites:
Some courses may have prerequisites.
Education Completed:
1 Year of College completed prior to program start
Minimum GPA:

About the Program

Program Description

Take excellence to the next level by digging into the advanced academics that VU Amsterdam has to offer. This highly competitive program, available only in the Spring semester, allows you to complement your coursework with honors courses from a variety of themes. Honors courses are interdisciplinary, small seminar-style courses which emphasize student discussion. You'll study alongside degree-seeking international and Dutch students for an integrated experience. A Spring-Extended option is available for students who want to earn additional credits.

Program Structure

By choosing the Honors Program, you will apply for specific honors courses and electives during the Spring semester. The semester is divided into block periods. You will choose one VU Core Honors course and one VU elective course for Period 4 and one VU Core Honors course and one VU elective course for Period 5. You may also choose to add on a Dutch Culture course, for 3 US credits, that spans over Periods 4 and 5. If you enroll in the Honors Spring-Extended program, you will add another elective course in Period 6. Enrolling in the extended option allows you to stay an extra month in Amsterdam.

Elective courses are taught during the day and Honors Core courses are taught in the evenings. Classes generally meet Monday – Friday. Active learning components required by courses may be scheduled any day of the week. Classes are not necessarily offered on the same day each week.

If you enroll in the Spring program, you will enroll in 12-15 credits. If you choose the Extended semester option, you will enroll in 15-18 credits. Courses are generally awarded 6 ECTS credits, which transfer to 3 US Credits per course.

Prior to departure, you will select your preferred Honors courses. Acceptance into each Honors course is determined by a committee at VU Amsterdam. You are required to submit a Motivation Letter for each Honors course you wish to enroll in. There is no guaranteed placement in the Honors courses.

Students will need to select two alternative elective courses for each Period. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines. Registration for all classes will take place before you arrive on campus, so you will have your finalized schedule in place early.

Academic accommodations are available at VU Amsterdam for students who provide documentation from a psychologist or health care provider. Policies at VU may differ from those available at your home university. Please contact CEA directly if you will be applying for academic accommodation so that we can connect you with the correct application procedures.

Where You'll Study

Take courses with other international and Dutch students at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), ranked one of the top 100 universities in the world. With over 350 courses regularly taught in English and a focus on research and academic excellence, VU Amsterdam provides an ideal setting for study abroad.

Where You'll Stay

When in Amsterdam, you can choose standard CEA housing . CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Studying Abroad in Amsterdam with CEA

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursionscultural engagement to other exciting opportunities, our inclusions make studying abroad in Amsterdam easy!

Life-Long Benefits
I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.

Garret Swinton
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 , Aix-en-Provence, France

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