Global Cities

Vrije Universiteit – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Dates

    Summer 2022

  • Location

    Amsterdam & Los Angeles

  • Program Fee

    $5,800 (housing included)

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Amsterdam is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Being the Netherlands’ capital, it is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community.

VU Amsterdam campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands, hosting over 700 companies. VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

Prerequisites and Courses


To participate in the Global Cities Program at VU Amsterdam, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Undergraduate student currently enrolled at UCLA
  • No minimum GPA requirement, but students must be in good academic standing
  • Commitment to full-time enrollment throughout the entire summer program
  • Commitment to participation in all scheduled on- and off-campus activities

UCLA Courses

You can find the list of selected UCLA courses at

VU Amsterdam Courses

Students will enroll in two courses (one course per session). All courses below are taught in English and have been pre-approved by UCLA for transfer credit. To petition courses for major/minor requirements, please check with your major/minor advisor. Students will receive 3 ECTS per course, which will transfer to UCLA as 2.3 credits. These courses do not fulfill GE/Diversity requirements.

Session 1: July 3-17

Global Health (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: NONDEPT (upper division)

Hands-on Anthropology and Ethnographic Storytelling (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: ANTHRO (upper division)

International Criminal Justice (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: NONDEPT (upper division)

Nature and Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: LIFESCI (upper division)

Neurodegenerative Diseases: Foundation, Tools and Perspectives (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: LIFESCI (lower division)

The City Through a Philosopher’s Eye  (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: PHILOS (upper division)

The Economics of Urbanization  (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: ECON (upper division)

The Holocaust in Europe: History and Memory on Location  (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: HIST (upper division)
Session 2: July 17-31

Feeding the Billions: Challenges and Innovations in Food and Water Security  (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: NONDEPT (upper division)

Law and Governance in Contemporary China (1990s-now)  (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: POL SCI (upper division)

New Venture Creation in the Amsterdam Entrepreneurial  Ecosystem (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: MGMT (upper division)

Operations Research: A Mathematical Way to Optimize Your World (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: MATH (upper division)

The Beautiful Mind: Global Perceptions of Mental Health (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: PSYCH (upper division)

Using Logic as a Tool for Modelling (one-week, July 17-24) (details)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: PHILOS (upper division)

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate

Program Fee (VU Amsterdam + UCLA)* $5,800 (includes housing)
Optional Session A Course (GLBL ST 140) $1,116
Housing in Amsterdam (included in program fee)
Meals abroad (estimate) $550
Textbooks at VU Amsterdam (estimate) $150
Airfare/transportation (estimate) $1,350
Personal Expenses abroad (estimate) $1,090
Room & Board at UCLA Varies

*Program fee includes registration, course fees, accommodation and program excursions. Airfare, textbooks, meals and optional excursions are additional (not included in the program fee). 

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Please do not purchase airfare until you complete the registration process at VU Amsterdam.


Scholarships are available for students participating in the Global Cities Program. You can visit the Scholarship Page to see if you are eligible.  

Financial Aid

Financial Aid for the Global Cities Program is available to qualified students. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this Web site.


VU Amsterdam

Housing cost is included in the program fee. More details on the type of accommodation that will be provided by VU Amsterdam will be available at the end of January. If you want to select a different housing option than the one provided by VU Amsterdam, you will be responsible for the cost of your own accommodation (plus the full program fee).  You can learn more about housing options here


There is no required housing arrangement for UCLA students. You are free to choose your own accommodation. Housing and living expenses for Summer Session C are not included in the budget estimate as they may vary greatly depending on your arrangement.