International Exchanges – Netherlands: VU University Amsterdam

Open to Pitzer students only.

Program Title Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with VU University Amsterdam
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Host Website ISEP: VU University Amsterdam
Eligibility Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must have junior or senior status at the time of participation.
Preparation At least one area studies course is required before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Application Pitzer College Study Abroad Application, ISEP Application, and forms required by the university
Program Dates Fall semester (= Semester ): Mid August to late January
Spring semester (= Semester 1): Early February to mid July
Full year: Mid August to mid July
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course while abroad that includes content on Netherland history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Intensive Dutch language courses may be available.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Course Options Courses are intended for students that have completed at least 4 or 5 courses in their major field prior to the exchange. Students are requested to select the majority of courses from one field of study. Refer to the ISEP website shown above.
Credit Possible In addition to a full course load at the university, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credit for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students are housed in residence halls with cooking facilities. Students receive a monthly stipend to cover living and transportation expenses.
Advising notes The chance of placement is generally good.