Social Sciences & Humanities

Social Sciences & Humanities

Available Sessions





1/31/20 - 5/30/20



Estimated Credits:

12 - 15


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


  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Complete Application
  • 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

CEA students in the Social Sciences & Humanities program will select from almost 100 courses in English. Subjects include English Language & Literature, Sociology, Political Science, Law, History, Humanities, Film Studies, Media Studies, Art History, Philosophy, International Relations, Communication, Anthropology, and Psychology. CEA students are integrated directly with degree-seeking international and Dutch students. This program is offered in Fall, Spring, and the Spring-Extended semesters.

Program Structure

Enroll in 4 to 5 VU courses. Each semester is divided into block periods. Block periods are each 8 weeks, with 7 weeks of classes and 1 week of exams. In the Fall semester, you select from courses offered in Period 1 and Period 2. In the Spring semester, you select from courses offered in Period 4 and Period 5. In the Spring-Extended semester, you have the option to extend your stay in Amsterdam and take an additional course in Period 6.

You take two courses per Period. You have the option to enroll in an elective focused on Dutch language or culture. This elective runs across two Periods and is taught in the evenings.

Each semester, you take a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 15 credits. If you select the Spring-Extended semester, you can take a minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. Courses are generally awarded 6 ECTS credits, which transfer to 3 US Credits per course.

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. For this reason we highly recommend that within each period you choose electives from the same thematic area to avoid scheduling conflicts.

Prior to departure, you will indicate your preferred courses, as well as two alternative options per 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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