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Exchange Programme

Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences enjoys a prominent standing within the social sciences sector in Europe and is the largest educational and research institution in the Social and Behavioural Sciences in the Netherlands. Each semester, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences welcomes over a hundred exchange students from partner universities. Are you nominated to study at our faculty? Then please find here all the information you need.

The faculty offers eight bachelor programmes: The BSc Child Development and Education; BSc Communication Science; BSc Cultural and Social Anthropology; BSc Interdisciplinary Social Sciences; BSc Political Science; BSc Psychology, BSc Social Geography and Urban Planning  and the BSc Sociology. All programmes have English taught courses which are open for exchange students. As of 2022 a new English taught programme, the BSc Computational Social Sciences, will be launched.

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

  • Read more about Child Development and Education

    The Bachelor of Child Development offers insight into the normal and abnormal development of children, adolescents and (young) adults in relation to their immediate environment. The environment in which they grow up (family), in which they learn (school) and in which they become adults (friends, leisure time).

    The Bachelor of Educational Sciences focuses primarily on the learning and development of children, adolescents and adults within educational settings. What exactly is good education and which factors influence the way in which people learn?

    Courses are offered in the following fields:

    • Child Development
    • Violent Behavior
    • Educational Sciences


  • Read more about Communication Science

    We are constantly influenced by media and communication. In Communication Science we study this impact. How do media influence voters during elections? What is the effect of an anti-smoking campaign? And what are the consequences of the growing importance of social media vs. traditional media?

    Courses are offered in the following fields:

    • Communication and Society


  • Read more about Psychology

    Psychology offers insight into the workings of the mind, the brain and behaviour. Scientific knowledge and methods are applied to gain an understanding of what other people think, feel desire and do. The College of Psychology offers English taught courses for exchange students at the undergraduate level.


    Courses in Psychology are offered in the following fields:

    • Organisational Psychology
    • Brain and Cognition
    • Social Psychology
    • Psychological Methods
    • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
  • Read more about Social Sciences

    Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology:

    In the bachelor programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology the relation between worldwide developments and experiences of people on a local level is studied. Do you want to know more about other cultures, or are you interested in what happens just around the corner? Studying Anthropology gives you a new perspective on the world around you.

    Courses are offered in the following fields (among others):

    • Anthropology of the body
    • Anthropology of religion
    • Political anthropology
    • Anthropology of economy and ecology
    • Courses about a wide variety of regions


    Human  Geography, Planning and International Development Studies:

    In the BSc Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies the relationship between people and their environment is the focus of research. Issues to be studied include inequality and exclusion; diversity; consequences of globalization; consequences of climate change and migration.

    Courses are offered in the following fields:

    • Economic and financial geography
    • Political Geography
    • Urban Studies
    • International development Studies


    Interdisciplinary Social Sciences:


    The BSc Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is an innovative modern programme where current social issues are being researched using insights from different disciplines, especially from political sciences, psychology, sociology, human geography and anthropology.

    Courses are offered in the following fields:

    • Global Health, Care and Society
    • Global Migration
    • Urban Studies
    • Conflict studies
    • Gender & Sexuality studies


    Political Science:

    Politics is how communities settle their differences and achieve their goals. As a result, politics is everywhere and at all levels from the local to the global. The programme offers a broad orientation in International Relations, Political Economy, Public Policy and Governance, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Middle Eastern Studies, and European Politics and Global Change.



    The Bachelor's in Sociology allows you to develop expertise in subjects such as migration, inequality, healthcare, art & culture, labour markets, education, sexuality and social movements. 

    Courses are offered in the following fields:

    • Intersectionalities (class, race, gender & sexualities)
    • Urban Places & Social Problems
    • Migration & Citizenship
    • Health & Society
    • Education & Work
    • Globalising Cultures
    • Social Interactions and Interdependencies
    • Power, Culture, Identity
    • Society, Social Action and Inequality
    • Culture and Structure



Student profile

The  Exchange Programme – Social and Behavioural 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 1,5 - 2 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; MSc Pedagogical Sciences: Youth at Risk, MSc Educational Sciences). Students in these programmes are officially administered via the Amsterdam Exchange Programme  Social and Behavioural Sciences but are hosted in the specific Master's programme.

In addition to the courses mentioned in the specific fields students can register for one or two courses in the Amsterdam Exchange Programme  Humanities.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences does not accept free mover students in the exchange programme.

Start and duration

Students can study in the Exchange Programme Social and Behavioural 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 and Behavioural 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 is being carried out by the College of Social Sciences in cooperation with the College of Communication, the College of Child Development and Education and the College of Psychology.

Facts & Figures
Language of instruction English