Exchange programme Social Sciences

Exchange students in Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam are welcomed in the Amsterdam Exchange Programme – Social Sciences. This is a multi-disciplinary non-degree undergraduate programme for exchange students.

Student profile

The Amsterdam Exchange Programme – Social Sciences is for international exchange students who are selected by their home institution in the framework of existing exchange agreements. As a rule students should have at least two years of academic education in a relevant field. 

There are exchange agreements at a Master's level for some specific Master's programmes of the Graduate School of Social Sciences only (Research Master Urban Studies; MSc Sociology – Comparative Labour and Organisation Studies). Students in these programmes are officially administered via the Amsterdam Exchange Programme – Social Sciences but are hosted in the specific Master's programme.

Free Mover (fee paying)

Students who are interested in studying in the Amsterdam Exchange Programme – Social Sciences outside an exchange programme can do so as an independent fee paying student. These students follow the same procedures, need to meet the same entrance requirements and pay EUR 75 per ECTS credit (amount may be different in 2017-18). These students apply by using the exchange application form and check the box free mover (fee paying).They are registered at the University of Amsterdam as “contractstudent”  and are hosted together with the exchange students. 

Fields of study

The programme introduces Social Sciences students to the following fields:

  • Communication and Society
  • Conflict Studies
  • International Development Studies
  • Dutch Society
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Nationalism
  • Gender, Sexuality and Society
  • Global Health, Care and Society
  • International Relations and Globalisation
  • Politics, Governance and Democracy
  • European Politics
  • Society and Modernity
  • Urban Studies 


In addition to the courses in these fields students can register for one or two courses in the Amsterdam Exchange Programme – Humanities

Start and duration

Students can study in the Amsterdam Exchange Programme – Social Sciences for a period of one or two semesters, according to the agreement with the student's home university. The 20 week semesters start in September and in February.


All students in the Amsterdam Exchange Programme – Social Sciences receive a transcript stating the courses they have successfully completed and the credits and grades obtained for these courses.

Organising institutes

This programme of advanced undergraduate courses in English is offered by the College of Social Sciences in cooperation with the College of Communication.

various ECTS, various months
Language of instruction

Published by  Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences