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Fees and scholarships

Curious about our tuition fees or the scholarships we offer?

VU Amsterdam Summer School will open for applications in January 2024.

VU Amsterdam Summer School 2024 will take place between 6 July and 4 August (including arrival and departure days). Sign up for our newsletter to receive a notification as soon as applications are open.

Read more about tuition fees, discounts and scholarship for VU Amsterdam Summer School 2023 below.


  • Tuition fees

    Tuition for two-week courses (3 ECTS)
    Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC or an Aurora Network Partner€700
    Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam
    *All Dutch universities and Hogescholen are partners of VU Amsterdam.
    Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam€1050
    Tuition for one-week courses (2 ECTS)
    Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC or an Aurora Network Partner€500

    Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam.

    *All Dutch universities and Hogescholen are partners of VU Amsterdam.

    Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam€750

    If you apply before 15 March (14 March 23:59 CET) you will receive a €50 Early Bird Discount!

    Invoice request
    If you or your department wish to pay via an invoice, please request the invoice by contacting us at:

  • What's included?

    The tuition fee includes: 

    • Application and registration
    • Orientation programme and welcome/goodbye event
    • Course excursions (if applicable)
    • Exclusive course content for a limited number of participants
    • Individual/group guidance from the course organiser
    • Access to all VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
    • On-site support
    • A transcript of records and certificate of attendance after completing the course
    • A discounted access to our sport facilities at Uilenstede Sportcentre

    Not included:

    • Accommodation*
    • Additional social programme* 
    • Additional study books (most courses use free digital articles/books available in the library)
    • Travel expenses, insurance, visa and living expenses

    *Registrations will open in May and additional fees apply.


  • 1. Equal Access Scholarship

    Application procedure 

    The application deadline has expired. It is no longer possible to apply for the Equal Access Scholarship. 

    Great that you are interested in applying for the Equal Access Scholarship. You can apply via this link (expired) for the scholarship from 1 February and 1 April. Please be aware that it is only possible to select one course. 

    The results of the scholarship selection will be announced mid-May. Since we have a limited number of scholarships available for a large number of applicants, we suggest - if possible! - to complete your payment at the time of your course application to guarantee your place in the course. However, if you are not able to come without the scholarship, you can just wait until the announcement. If you would like to come, regardless of whether you will be granted the scholarship, it is best to secure your place in the course by completing your payment via our regular application form.  If the scholarship is granted to you, the tuition and accommodation fee will be reimbursed.

    Deadline to submit your Equal Access Scholarship application: 31 March (23:59 CET). 


    When you apply via the Equal Access Scholarship application form you will be requested to upload the following documents:

    • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé (CV) stating your educational background;  
    • Professional Letter of Reference Including:
      -    His/her/their experience working with you (either in an academic, professional, or volunteer setting)
      -    His/her/their motivation for recommending you for the scholarship
      -    Complete contact information 
    • When filling out the scholarship form we will ask the following questions*:
      1. Why are you interested in joining VU Amsterdam Summer School?
      2. What’s your motivation for selecting this course?
      3. How you will use the information you learn to make a positive impact in the future for both yourself and your community?
      4. Why do you deserve this scholarship?

    *Please stick to a maximum of 150 words per question.

    We highly recommend you to read our Grading System before submitting your scholarship application. 

    What is included?

    1.  Full tuition for one VU Amsterdam Summer School course in July 2023
    2.  Accommodation in one of our accommodation options (if needed and allocated by summer team)*  
    3.  One social activity on Wednesday* 

    * Your preference for the social activity will be taken into consideration, however allocation will be based on availability. 

    Please be aware that it is not possible to select more than one course for the scholarship. If you are interested in an extra course in a different session then please apply for this course via our regular registration form. 

    Selection process

    In order to create a fair grading system that will allow the VU Amsterdam Summer School Team to pick the best scholarship applicants, a two-part grading system will be used. In the application form, you will have to answer four questions. Please bear in mind that your answers must be 150 words maximum per question. With the aim of being as transparent as possible, you are able to view our Grading System. This grading card will be used to select the nominees. However, as you will read later, originality will be valued. Feel free to think outside the box. We are well aware of the growing use of Artificial Intelligence software in writing applications. We are taking active measures to track such use. Points will be deducted from any application that makes use of this software. Therefore, we actively encourage students to avoid writing their applications with these tools.

    Good luck!

  • 2. Photographer Scholarship

    Do you love to capture moments, people and surroundings on your smart phone/camera? Do you have good editing skills and a passion for social media? Become our summer school photographer! This photographer scholarship is only offered to those participating in a 2-week course or in case you join us for both sessions. 

    What do we offer:

    • €500 discount on tuition fee
    • A number of social activities for free (allocated by summer team, requirement: must take photos)

    What do we expect from you:

    • Photos of your time at VU Amsterdam Summer School (photos of fellow students, Amsterdam, excursions and social programme)
    • Creating content / story takeover on the VU Amsterdam Instagram account
    • Participation in the social programme (free of charge and based on availability)
    • Attending the photographer kick-off meeting

    Application procedure*

    Please send a short video where you introduce yourself (approx. 30 seconds-1 minute) and some examples of your photo work to, please use 'Photographer Scholarship' as subject line. It is important to use your own smart phone or camera. Deadline for applications: 14 May 23:59 (CET).

    As the Photographer application deadline is after the course registration deadline, it is important that you apply and pay for the course you are interested in before the application deadline of 1 May. If you end up winning the scholarship, then you will be reimbursed the €500 that the scholarship grants. If you are not granted the scholarship and are not able to join the course without the partial grant, then you can still receive a full refund until 16 May. If you are not able to join without the grant then you can also decide to wait until the winners are announced - and thus not apply for the course beforehand - however, this could mean that the course you are interested in is not available anymore. We therefore. highly recommend, if possible, to apply via our application page before the official course registration deadline.  

    *If you are a summer Exchange student or a university partner nominee (course fee and/or housing is funded by your university), then you are, unfortunately, not applicable for this scholarship.  

Team VU Amsterdam Summer School

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  • Bianca
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Celia
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Celia VU Amsterdam Summer & Winter School
  • Helena
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Helena VU Amsterdam Summer and Winter School