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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Outgoing Exchange, Semester / Year Abroad
What Financial Aid Applies?:
All Current Aid, GI Bill
Language of Instruction: Dutch, English
Language Study Requirement:
No
Housing: Apartment
Prereq. Language Study:
None
Meal Plan: Not Available
Business Classes:
Lower Division, Upper Division
Recommended for Chapman Majors:
Chemistry, Communication Studies, History, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, Software Engineering
Recommended for Chapman Minors:
STEM
Program Description:
University of Amsterdam

Program Snapshot

The Netherlands has a unique cultural identity, and its central location serves as an easy hub from which to explore the rest of Europe. Universiteit van Amsterdam is located in the heart of Amsterdam; a city packed with opportunities, experiences and history that give students a rich cultural experience. Over 80 programs are taught in English, especially at the International School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

UvA Global Exchange information sheet 2016-2017
10 Reasons to Choose the UVA

Location

The university is located in the heart of Amsterdam, a city of canals, museums, theaters, art galleries, pubs, and lively areas. The 130 university buildings, including restored buildings in the city center and modern towers, give character to the city.
 
University of Amsterdam

Program Dates

Academic year: late August to early July
Semester 1: late August to end of January
Semester 2: end of January to early July

Course Guide

Please Note: Applicants must have a 3.3 GPA or higher at the time of application and 1 year of major courses completed prior to participating in this program. It is recommended that applicants have 10 to 12 major, upper-division credits completed at the start of the exchange program. Most preliminary and final course selections must be chosen from one faculty (academic department). In certain cases it is possible to take one or two courses outside of the host faculty, but this can only be arranged on a case-by-case basis by your host faculty and is dependent on availability of courses.

A full workload is 30 ECTS (credits) per semester. Students are encouraged to use the links below to find courses. Additionally students can search for individual classes in the course catalog. Courses are taught in English if the course title is in English or noted otherwise. Students need to make sure they are selecting bachelor level courses.
 
Faculty Courses/ Subjects Offered Faculty Link Minimum Faculty Requirements Faculty Study Guide
Faculty of Humanities Literature; history; archeology; religion; European studies; American studies; philosophy; arts and media studies; modern European languages; cultural studies http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/organisation/faculties/faculties/faculties/content/folder/faculteit-der-geesteswetenschappen/faculty-of-humanities.html Students must have at least one year of academic background in the humanities (6-8 courses). http://studiegids.uva.nl/web/uva/sgs/en/p/951.html
Faculty of Social and Behavioral Science Child development; education; communication sciences; human geography; urban planning; international development studies; political science; psychology; sociology; anthropology http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/organisation/faculties/faculties/faculties/content/folder/faculteit-der-maatschappij-en-gedragswetenschappen/faculty-of-social-and-behavioural-sciences.html Child development and education: Students should have completed at least the basic program in pedagogical and/or educational Sciences; Psychology: at least a full academic year of coursework (8-10 US courses) at the time of application;  Undergraduate Certificate Program for Social Sciences is available in SM1 only. http://studiegids.uva.nl/web/uva/sgs/en/p/62.html
Faculty of Economics and Business Economics; business; accounting; finance; marketing http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/organisation/faculties/faculties/faculties/content/folder/faculteit-economie-en-bedrijfskunde/feb-landing-page.html Students must have completed two years of academic course work in business (10-12 US courses) at time of application. Students must have realistic expectations about getting into this program as it is very completive. Pay particular attention to course pre-requisites for each course. http://coursecatalogue.uva.nl/xmlpages/page/2014-2015-en/search-programme/programme/228/7711554


Application requirements include a curriculum vitae/ resume.

All students at the UvA are allowed to re-sit exams if the initial grade is not sufficient to pass the course. Re-sitting an exam to improve a grade that already counts as a pass (> 5.5) is not possible.

Courses taught at the University of Amsterdam have two different levels. The catalogue number of the course indicates the level.  The fourth number of the catalogue number is 1 for propaedeutic level courses and 2 for post-propaedeutic level courses. First year courses (lower division courses) are offered at propaedeutic level. Second and third year courses (upper division courses) are offered at post-propaedeutic level. The post-propaedeutic level is the highest level for undergraduate courses and is considered upper division.

Through reading articles such as ‘Humans of Amsterdam,’ ‘How to Befriend a Dutchie,’ and ‘Lessons from Riding a Bike,’ we hope that future exchange students at the University of Amsterdam will get a taste of the exchange 'experience’ and learn some helpful tips and tricks on how to prepare for life in Amsterdam:

http://www.uva.nl/en/education/other-programmes/exchange/exchange-ambassadors-programme/exchange-express/exchange-express.html


UvA Exchange Student Magazine_November 2016
 
Academic Information

Chapman University maintains a record of the courses that previous Study Abroad students have taken, and the equivalent Chapman credit that was granted for each course. To view the course equivalencies for this program, click “View Sample” under Pre-Approved Courses at the top of this brochure page. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all courses available at the institution. You may view the entire course catalog for the University of Amsterdam online.  Students are encouraged to propose additional or revised equivalencies during the application process, which will be evaluated by the appropriate academic units on campus.

Credit and Grading Transfer

Credits from the University of Amsterdam will transfer as follows:
 
Credit at University of Amsterdam Credit at Chapman University
30 ECTS 15 credits


Students must enroll in the equivalent of 12-18 Chapman credits.

Grades will transfer according to the following scale:
 
Grade at University of Amsterdam Dutch grade quality assessment Grade at Chapman University
8 - 10 Excellent A
7 Very Good B
6 - 6.9 Good C
5.5 - 5.9 Satisfactory D
0 - 5.5 Fail - Insufficient F

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Classes taken as ‘Pass/Fail’ will not be accepted, with the exception of internships. Internships must be approved by the Center for Global Education.