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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Time Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: TAMU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/15/2020
Rolling Admission 01/01/2021 06/30/2021
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Academic College: College of Liberal Arts
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Area: Liberal Arts - Philosophy Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Course Term: Fall, Spring Click here for a definition of this term Language of instruction:
Click here for a definition of this term Primary Contact: Trisha Winkle ( Housing: Dormitory, Student's Responsibility
Classification: U2 (Sophomore), U3 (Junior), U4 (Senior) Academic Department: Philosophy
Click here for a definition of this term Secondary Contact: Trisha Winkle (
Program Description:

PPE, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Program Coordinator

Linda Radzik

Study Abroad Advisor

Trisha Winkle

PPE, Vrije Universiteit,
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is one of two major research universities located in the city. Founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit’s name means “free university” and referred originally to the university’s independence from both the state and the Dutch Reformed Church. These days, the university is supported by both public and private funding. It prides itself on being “free” in the sense of embracing the values of academic freedom and independence. VU enrolls approximately 24,000 students and is home to more than 2,200 faculty and researchers. VU has an urban campus in the Zuidas district of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is one of the most multicultural cities in the world! English is an unofficial second language, so there is no reason to worry if you do not speak Dutch. Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city in the Netherlands. The metropolitan area is home to around 2.4 million people, 75 museums, 350 festivals a year, and a picturesque 17th central canal ring. The city is within easy traveling distance of London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, and Brussels

  • This program is limited to students in the Department of Philosophy, including students in the University Studies-Society, Ethics, and Law major
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by the beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September to December, Blocks 1&2)
  • Spring Semester (January to April, Blocks 3&4)
  • Academic year (September to April, Blocks 1-4)

One of the benefits of participating in an exchange program is the wide availability of courses that students can choose from. At VU Amsterdam, exchange students are offered upper-level courses that are all taught in English. VU is on a block scheduling system (see Block Scheduling section in the link). For students studying abroad in the fall, they will register for Blocks 1 & 2, for the spring, Blocks 3&4. Each block is roughly 7 to 8 weeks with a final exam after each block. Ultimately, you can think of VU as being on a quarterly schedule instead of semester schedule like at Texas A&M. 


It is recommended that you start your housing search before you arrive in Amsterdam. Many resources are available to international students in order to find housing that fits everyone’s preferences. The majority of the time students live in shared apartments or dormitories with private bedrooms but include shared kitchens and living spaces. The rent and cost of living can be quite high in some locations, so it is important to shop around. VU has reserved rooms for international students. However, there are not enough rooms for all short stay students, therefore, some students will have to research on their own for housing in the private market. 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition and Fees $6,372
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to Vrije Universiteit
Accommodations $2,050
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,500
Meals $295
Textbooks, Supplies, Visa (if needed), Passport, misc. $900
Personal Spending $60
Total Estimated Cost $12,272+
Texas A&M Semester Cost $15,714+
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
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As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found on the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage

Additional Information 


Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here: or visit for walk-in advising. 


College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs.  These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.  Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates.  Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges and to challenge the status quo."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student