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Many of this year’s Summer School programmes offer students a unique chance to get to know Amsterdam from an academic perspective. These high-quality summer programmes allow international and local students to investigate thematic topics in the context of Amsterdam’s society, culture, architecture and infrastructure.

UvA Summer School American Law
Photo: Maartje Strijbis

More than 700 students  from all over the world take part in our English-taught summer courses each year. The courses take place from June to August and are between one and four weeks long. Each course draws on interdisciplinary themes that are part of the UvA’s key research areas. 

High-quality, academic courses

Student from the pre-university up to the PhD level can join a summer programme that will build on their current studies or introduce them to a new subject area. In addition to a wide selection of courses ranging from law to cognitive neuroscience, many programmes explore Amsterdam as a case study.

Cycling City summer school students
Photo: Maartje Strijbis

Amsterdam as a case study

In the Creative City course, students use Amsterdam as a living laboratory to examine the relationship between creativity, cities and globalisation. As the world’s cycling capital, Amsterdam also offers an ideal environment for engaging with urban cycling and cycling infrastructure in our Planning the Cycling City summer course.  One of our newest courses, Amsterdam/Rotterdam: Exploring identity,  takes a look at the role of architecture in city branding  and experience. A variety of Dutch-taught summer programmes are also available. 

Explore Amsterdam

At the UvA Summer School you can enjoy social and cultural activities alongside your academic studies. Amsterdam is a student-friendly city that is easy to navigate on foot, by bicycle or public transport. Many programmes offer excursions into the city, but students can also explore Amsterdam in their free time.  

Would you like to find out more about the summer programmes offered by the UvA Summer School?