Scholarships

Finance your study abroad
Each semester we offer financial assistance in the form of three scholarships. Each scholarship is worth €2,500 per semester which is subtracted from tuition costs. Please note the scholarships do not cover all expenses and scholarships cannot be combined. You can choose to apply for more than one scholarship but can only receive one.

Calling all writers! The Semester in Amsterdam programme will offer one scholarship worth €2,500 to a motivated student on the condition that s/he writes a minimum of 8 blog entries during his/her stay in Amsterdam, to be shared publicly on the Semester in Amsterdam website and social media channels.

Requirements:

  • Each blog entry should be a minimum of 500 words and include at least one picture;
  • A minimum of one blog entry should be written on each of the following topics:
  1. Pre-departure preparation
  2. Arrival and settling-in
  3. Cross-cultural adjustment and first impressions
  4. Academics at VU Amsterdam
  5. Social life in The Netherlands
  6. Dutch culture
  7. Last weeks in Amsterdam
  8. Return home and reflections
  • As the semester is 16 weeks long, the expectation is that one blog be submitted once every two weeks on the above topics;
  • The scholarship recipient can choose to write more than the required 8 blog entries if s/he likes.

The Semester in Amsterdam programme will offer one scholarship worth €2,500 to a motivated student on the condition that s/he acts as the programme's official student photographer and videographer for the duration of his/her stay in Amsterdam. A camera can be provided for use during the semester if you do not have your own.

Requirements:

  • The scholarship recipient should attend all social programme activities to record photo and video material, to be shared publicly on the Semester in Amsterdam website and social media channels;
  • Photo and video material can also include pictures and videos from the scholarship recipient's daily experiences in Amsterdam and at VU Amsterdam;
  • The scholarship recipient must make a minimum of four videos, each a maximum of 90 seconds in duration, during his/her time in Amsterdam (we welcome your ideas for other videos!):
  1. "Day in the Life," featuring footage from a normal day in Amsterdam and at VU Amsterdam;
  2. Interviews with Semester in Amsterdam students; 
  3. Social programme recap;
  4. Total semester experience, featuring footage from arrival until departure. 

                    

The Semester in Amsterdam programme will offer one scholarship worth €2,500 to a motivated student who can effectively explain how he/she would add to the diversity of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam based on his/her nationality and/or background (ethnic, financial, sexual orientation, gender, etc.). In return for the scholarship the student is asked to submit three reflections over the course of the semester about his/her impressions of Amsterdam, his/her cross-cultural adjustment, and how the Diversity Scholarship contributed to his/her semester abroad.

The following information and documents should be emailed to semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl:

  • Full name, nationality, and name of home university
  • Grade average
  • Motivation letter: should be a maximum of 750 words and explain which scholarship(s) you are applying for, why you believe you are qualified for the scholarship(s) for which you are applying for, and what you hope to gain as a scholarship recipient. If you are applying for more than one scholarship you should submit a different motivation letter for each scholarship. 
  • Selection is based on the motivation letter, quality of previous education, and the best fit for the specific scholarship requirements.

Application deadlines:

Fall Semester      20 March 2017
Spring Semester18 September 2017

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

One VUFP scholarship is reserved for an applicant who previously completed a semester or full academic year abroad at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam via the Semester in Amsterdam program and is now applying for a full time Master's programme at VU Amsterdam. Students who are not selected for the scholarship reserved for Semester in Amsterdam alumni can still be considered for a normal VUFP scholarship. Please refer to the VUFP page for application instructions.