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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Outgoing Exchange, Semester / Year Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Program Structure: Integrated Program at Foreign University
Click here for a definition of this term What Financial Aid Applies?: All Current Aid, GI Bill Language of Instruction: Dutch, English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Study Requirement: No Housing: Apartment
Click here for a definition of this term Prereq. Language Study: None Meal Plan: Not Available
Click here for a definition of this term Business Classes: Lower Division, Upper Division Click here for a definition of this term Recommended for Chapman Majors: Chemistry, Communication Studies, History, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, Software Engineering
Click here for a definition of this term 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 2018-2019
UvA Global Exchange Courses & Faculty Criteria 2018 - 2019
10 Reasons to Choose the UVA


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 Students must have at least one year of academic background in the humanities (6-8 courses).
Faculty of Social and Behavioral Science Child development; education; communication sciences; human geography; urban planning; international development studies; political science; psychology; sociology; anthropology 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.

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:

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 “Sample Pre-Approved Courses” at the top of each program brochure page. Please note that Sample Pre-Approved Courses are courses that have been previously requested by a Chapman student for credit. It is not a comprehensive list of all courses available at the institution. You may view the entire course catalog for this program by accessing the University of Amsterdam UvA website and following the instructions under the “Course Description” heading. Students are encouraged to request additional or revised equivalencies during the pre-departure 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.