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Last updated July, 2022

Academic information

Language of Instruction

All international programmes are conducted in English.

Students should apply for study at one faculty only.

A photo of houses and a canal in Amsterdam. It may be possible to also complete courses at another faculty (for example, to complete your University of Otago degree) but this would be at the discretion of the International Office at the University of Amsterdam.The University offers a combination of semester and full year papers.

Amsterdam courses

Semester dates

  • Academic year: September – July
  • First semester: September – February
  • Second semester: February – July

Amsterdam semester dates

Course load and minimum unit requirements

  • Minimum course load: 30 ECTS per semester
  • Maximum course load: A standard course consists of 42 points per year, much the same as at Otago. Courses range from 5 to 10 ECTS points each.

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Accommodation and the cost of living


Amsterdam 6. Accommodation is scarce, so contact the International Office earlier rather than later. Part-time work is readily available, both in the campus bars and restaurants, and in Amsterdam itself. There is no campus 'living area' as at Otago-student housing is scattered throughout Amsterdam.

University of Amsterdam accommodation

Estimated cost of living

Amsterdam cost of living

Student visa and insurance

Information on Student visas and insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange experiences

The University, city and region

The University

A photo of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), founded in 1632, is the most internationally orientated university in the Netherlands. The university buildings, including restored buildings in the city centre, give character to the city. With over 22,000 students, including more than 1,250 international students and researchers, the Universiteit van Amsterdam has developed strong mainstream academic programmes in English taught by distinguished faculties in order to attract some of the best students around the world. The strong historical bond with the city has persisted and most faculties are located at historic sites throughout the city centre.

University of Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam and region

Amsterdam has been described by one exchange student as a charming village of a city. Visitors to the city (most of whom are under 26) enjoy gazing at houseboats and facades while strolling along tree-lined canals. In addition to world-class museums and art galleries Amsterdam hosts and supports famous music, opera, theatre and dance companies. It also has a vibrant film culture, and a justly notorious nightlife. It is within easy train and plane access to most major European capitals, and the easiest form of transport within Amsterdam is by bicycle.

The city of Amsterdam

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Further information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email