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Study Abroad Office

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260


Heather Dolan - Study Abroad Program Assistant

Tel: (406) 994-7151


Anna Greenberg - Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7151
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Susan Welker - Study Abroad Manager

Tel: (406) 994-5719
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Alyson Roberts - CCIS Advisor and Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7044
Fax: (406) 994-1619



Amsterdam, Holland Study Abroad Program
Photo: Dirk Gillissen
The University of Amsterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Location: Amsterdam
Language: English and Dutch
Level(s): Undergraduate and Graduate
Subjects: See Academic Program section
Length: Academic year or semester
Cost: MSU tuition plus room and board in the host country.
Students selected for an academic exchange at the University Amsterdam are eligible for scholarships worth up to $1,000!
Eligibility: Students must be in at least their junior year to participate in the exchange. 
Deadline: March 1 for following fall semester and academic year; October 1 for following spring semester

Program Overview

The Universiteit Van Amsterdam (UvA) was founded in 1632 to train students in trade and philosophy. During the Golden Age, Amsterdam attracted scholars and writers not having the same amount of freedom in their own countries. The city has always been known for its spirit of intellectual tolerance, which has enabled international exchange of ideas and research. This tradition continues today. Students enrolled at Amsterdam will have the benefit of a well- structured curriculum, while enjoying the excitement of life in a historically and culturally enriching setting. Over 22,000 students attend the University of Amsterdam, and the university has over 60 disciplinary fields to choose from. The strong historical bond with the city has persisted, as most departments are still located at historic sties throughout the city center.

Academic Program

Programs for undergraduates are mainly offered through the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences (ISHSS). For more information on this department, see Majors offered include Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics, Psychology, Educational Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, International Relations (usually: 2 years of relevant university education) Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. In order to attract some of the best students around the world, the UvA has developed strong mainstream academic programs in English, taught by distinguished faculty. For more information on available courses in English, please see

Language of Instruction

Classes in the International Education Program are in English. The Institute for Dutch as a Second Language (INTT) of the UvA offers extensive courses for foreign students at all levels.


Students who have completed two full academic years of university level work at MSU with a 3.0 GPA by the time they begin studies in Amsterdam are eligible.

Photos: Dirk Gillissen


Academic Credit

Credit will be awarded at MSU for all courses taken and passed at UvA. The student's academic advisor at MSU and the MSU Registrar, in consultation with the Office of International Programs, will determine how these credits will apply to degree course requirements. Students are urged to work closely with these offices prior to departure to plan a course of studies that will maintain steady progress toward their degree.


The city of Amsterdam, with 750,000 inhabitants, is known as one of the most colorful and exciting cities in the world. The cosmopolitan environment allows all of the benefits of a world- class city in an accessible and friendly atmosphere. Amsterdam is considered a major hub of western Europe and is only a few hours away from Paris, Brussels, London, and other popular destinations. For the visiting student, most of the university buildings are in the heart of the city within walking distance of cultural and entertainment areas.

The river Amstel flows through the heart of Amsterdam and the city is well known for its intricate canal system. A walk down any of the canals which ring the city reveals an endless progression of magnificently preserved architecture in which reside contemporary progressive institutions and businesses. In addition to world-renowned museums and art galleries, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam hosts and maintains world famous music, opera, theater, and dance companies of every conceivable variety.

Cost and Included Benefits

Students who receive an exchange placement at UvA will pay tuition at MSU in the same amount as if studying in Bozeman. Each student is responsible for his/her room and board in Amsterdam as well as trans-Atlantic travel expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses such as internal travel and personal spending money as well as for unexpected changes in the exchange rate. $1000 Scholarships are available for MSU students interested in an exchange at the University of Amsterdam! For more information regarding study abroad scholarships, please contact Anna Greenberg( in the Office of International Programs.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for study abroad at UvA. Additional costs for study at UvA (e.g. travel to and from the study site) may be used in calculating student's financial aid packages. Students are responsible to apply to the Office of Financial Aid.


Applications are available in the Office of International Programs at 400 Culbertson Hall for all majors except Business.

College of Business students: Contact Prof. Dave Foster, Reid 455, 994-1776, and see the COB website,, for more information.


Applications are due in the Office of International Programs on October 1 to study in Amsterdam the following spring semester, and March 1 to study in Amsterdam the following fall semester and academic year.

Photo: Dirk Gillissen


Additional Information

For additional information on studying in Amsterdam, contact:

Anna Greenberg
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Phone: 994-7151

To speak with a MSU professor that has visited the University of Amsterdam contact:

Dr. Robert Rydell
History Department
Phone: 994-5214

For more information on the University of Amsterdam, please see the following websites:
General Info International Study Programs:
International School for Humanities and Social Sciences: