VU Amsterdam Summer School

Located in one of the most dynamic and fastgrowing business districts in the Netherlands, it offers interactive small-scale courses (max. 25 students) in more than 20 topics. Current students, PhD staff and professionals are welcome to apply. The program includes excursions related to the content of the course and full support you during your stay in the Netherlands.

All courses are designed to provide an intensive, in-depth look at your topic of study. You engage in discussions with a unique group of peers from all over the world. Excursions related to the content, such as visits to the Anne Frank House, the International Criminal Court and the Port of Amsterdam, are always included.

The summer school team is there for you all the way, making sure you feel at home from the moment you arrive. We offer various accommodation options to all students and a social programme for those who wish to explore more. We are proud of our high student satisfaction. Last year the students with an average score of 8.6 out of 10. 

Good to know:

  • Early Bird Discount of €150 available if you apply and pay before 15 March 2018
  • Students of partner universities receive a discount of €250
  • Follow 2 courses: €200 discount, follow 3 courses: €300 discount.
  • 10 scholarships available that cover the full tuition and accommodation fees for one course


The summer programme consists of three sessions of two-week courses. You can combine courses to create a four to six-week study at VU Amsterdam. All courses are full-time, therefore you can follow only one per session.

Dates 2018

  • Session 1: 30 June to 14 July 
  • Session 2: 14 July to 28 July
  • session 3: 28 July to 11 August

Courses Offered in 2018:


  • Big Data in Society 
  • Causal Evaluation Methods in Education Research
  • Creativity and Innovation (with Cardiff University) 
  • Data Analysis in R 
  • Emerging Financing Models in a Dynamic World (With University of East Anglia)
  • Empirical Research Methods for Legal Studies
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Programming in Python 
  • The Economics of Urbanization

SESSION 2: 14 - 28 JULY

  • Artificial Intelligence for a Healthy Life 
  • Criminal Organizations: An Economic Perspective 
  • Data Analysis in R 
  • Essential Academic English (B2) 
  • Human Movement Analysis
  • Laws in Antiquity: Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World 
  • New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship 
  • Organizational Behaviour Management 
  • The Heart of Capitalism: Amsterdam 1600-Present 
  • Wildlife Crime Analysis: Data-Driven Nature Protection


  • Big Data Management and Analysis in Linux
  • Big Ideas in Computer Science
  • Crime in Numbers: From Correlation to Causation 
  • Cybercrime: The Human Factor 
  • Foundations of Strategy: How to Succeed as a Strategist
  • Impact of an Empire
  • New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship 
  • Operations Research: A Mathematical Way to Optimize Your World 

To see more courses and learn about each course please visit the website 

Fees and Discounts:

The tuition fee of a two-week course is either €1000 or €1150. Please visit the website for the exact tuition fee of a course.

The tuition fee includes:

  • Airport pick-up service
  • Course excursions
  • Orientation programme and goodiebag
  • On-site support and 24/7 emergency assistance 
  • A transcript of records after completing the course

Not included:

  • The social programme
  • Costs for accommodation
  • Travel and living expenses

Contact Us: 

The Study Abroad team of VU Amsterdam consists of Eduard Pasma (team leader), Eva Janssen (coordinator), Jan Kostelijk (officer), Ilin Sen (officer) and Rachel Bornstein (officer). You can reach us through e-mail, Skype or phone.

Skype: VU Amsterdam Summer School (by appointment) 
Telephone: +31 (0) 20 5986429

Check more information in the VU Amsterdam Summer School Website.

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10 scholarships available that cover the full tuition and accommodation fees for one course


De Boelelaan 1105

Amsterdam , Netherlands

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