IES-Amsterdam: Psychology and Sciences

Program Details

Program Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33001
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/28/24 to 06/01/24
Current Program Dates
Fall 2023 08/20/23 to 12/23/23
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Amsterdam: Psychology and Sciences

Study Psychology or the sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Located in the South of Amsterdam and boasting a diverse student population, the VU offers a wide array of courses taught in English by professors and researchers who are among the best in their fields. Take classes with Dutch and international students, and gain an international perspective that only comes with study abroad.

According to Lonely Planet, 'Amsterdam combines a huge case of big city exuberance with small-town manageability. Amsterdam's quintessential Dutchness shines through: the 17th- and 18th-century architecture, the fleets of bicycles, the tree-lined canals and scattered parks all contribute to the mood of the city.' The Dutch are known for their openness and tolerance which has helped give Amsterdam its reputation as a place for experimentation in the arts, social welfare, environmentalism, and lifestyles.

Because Dutch is not frequently studied outside of the Netherlands, mastery of English is a core feature of Dutch education and many people in Amsterdam speak fluent, colloquial English. Dutch universities have sought to attract international students by offering courses taught in English in a variety of fields. This program offers students the chance to integrate academically and culturally with the Dutch people without prior study of the Dutch language.


For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Amsterdam: Psychology and Sciences
The program is open to all undergraduate students with junior or senior status when the program begins. Courses are not open to sophomores. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: PSY, PUBH, & HK (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

While in Amsterdam, you'll take 15-18 credits per semester and study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), known for its strong offerings in Psychology and the sciences. Take 3-5 Psychology courses at VU and an optional area studies course at the IES center, such as Dutch Language and Culture, among other offerings. More information on courses available can be found here

Students have access to university facilities including the libraries, computer rooms, student restaurants and canteens as well as memberships in student clubs and sports teams.


Due to COVID-19, excursion information is subject to change.

Field trips will take you off the beaten path to places like Rotterdam, Maastricht, Texel Island, and course-related trips in and around Amsterdam will provide insight into what you’re learning in the classroom.

The program will include several excursions, which may be overnight or day trips.  There are also optional excursions that students can pay for, if they wish to participate.


IES will arrange housing for accepted students, typical options are listed below:

Residence Hall - Depending on the location, you will live in a single room with either a shared or private bathroom. You will either have a shared kitchen with other students on your floor or have a private kitchenette.

Deluxe Residence Hall - You will live in a single room with a private bathroom. You share a kitchen with other students on your floor. The building features a 24-hour reception and a gym. This option carries an additional cost.


Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee includes tuition and on-site orientation.

Some housing options or courses may carry additional fees, see IES website for more details. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,647.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $5,373.00
Insurance $230.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Local Transportation $760.00
Visa $270.00
Books and Supplies $220.00
Meals $4,200.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,100.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Fall Semester Mar 1
Spring Semester Sep 1

Returnees Information

IES-Amsterdam: Psychology and Sciences

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email