Amsterdam is well known for its tolerance and open-mindedness, yet is a city that values the past. Over a thousand bridges span the famous canals of the city, giving Amsterdam an old-world feeling. Bicycles, a floating flower market, the typical “brown” cafes, and the Rijksmuseum are all symbols of this very comfortable city. As a business center, Amsterdam claims a multilingual population and a long history of trade and commerce.
Founded in 1867, the Amsterdam School of Business has more than 13,000 students. It is one of the largest schools of its kind in the Netherlands, offering a wide variety of business and economics courses. Exchange students can take advantage its position in the European Union, and the use of English as the global business language. The school is located in the business district of Amsterdam in a modern building.
While the courses are taught in English, to get the most of the experience abroad, exchange students are encouraged to enroll in a foreign language course. In Amsterdam it is common for people to speak several languages fluently, and the study of more than one foreign language is encouraged.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
Foreign Languages (Dutch, French, German, Spanish)
Students can select courses from different areas or choose a program of pre-selected courses in a specific area of study.
HES Mark UM Grade
10.00 Excellent A
9.00 – 9.99 Very good A
8.00 – 8.99 Good A-
7.00 – 7.99 Sufficient B
6.00 – 6.99 Satisfactory C
5.50 – 5.90 Almost Satisfactory C-
5.00 – 5.49 Not satisfactory D
0.00 – 4.99 Failing F
1 ECTS credit = 0.5 UM credits
An orientation program is conducted at the beginning of the semester. This valuable experience introduces students to each other and to the school. This program includes tours and cultural events and is free for the exchange students.
Junior or senior standing. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Business majors only. Optimal for second semester junior International Finance and Marketing Majors.
Room and Board:
The Amsterdam School of Business does not have on-campus residence halls. As of spring 2011, there will be a brand new student accommodation next to the school and will be managed by an outside organization. This accommodation is the Buegmeester Stamanweg. Since accommodations do not include meal plans, food costs should be considered separately.
Full year: Mid-August to early June
Fall: Mid-August to mid-December
Spring: Mid-February to early June
(this program is not availale as a Fall-only program)