The Free University of Amsterdam Summer School offers interactive small-scale courses. All courses are designed to provide an intensive, in-depth look at your topic of study. You engage in discussions with a unique group of peers from all over the world. Excursions related to the content, such as visits to the Anne Frank House, the International Criminal Court and the Port of Amsterdam, are always included. The beautiful city of Amsterdam will be your home, capital of The Netherlands. Amsterdam is a historic city with a creative and modern feel. Students will discover the city's safe and accessible open society. With 187 nationalities, it's the most international city in the world. 93 percent of the Dutch speak English, so it is easy to enjoy everything the Netherlands has to offer. Students will combine 2 sessions to create a 4 week program or 3 sessions to create a 6 week program.
Session 1: 4 July - 18 July 2020
Session 2: 18 July - 1 August 2020
Mason undergraduate and graduate students only. Students must be enrolled as a student at Mason at the time of application. Please note, some courses require higher level of degree completion. Review the eligibility requirements of the courses you are considering and review the course level categories below. Each course description will list the required course level.
- Bachelor: at least enrolled in 1st year of Bachelor studies
- Advanced Bachelor: at least enrolled in 2nd year of Bachelor studies
- Master: at least enrolled in final year of Bachelor studies - professionals need to have a Bachelor diploma
Free University of Amsterdam offers multiple courses during each session. Students will select one course per session they plan to attend.
Each course will transfer back to Mason as three credits.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students may apply to live on campus or off campus housing. Please find brief summaries of housing options below. More detailed information on all housing options can be found here.
On Campus Housing:
Located at just a 5-minute walk from the university campus and directly across Amsterdam’s business district ‘Zuidas’ lies De Boelelaan. Here you will enjoy a furnished private room, shared bathroom and shared kitchen with 5-7 other summer school students. Your private room will come furnished. Bed linen and kitchen utensils are provided. You can connect to the internet by purchasing or bringing your own router or by using internet cables. Please note that the bedrooms are not standardized and differ in size and layout. There are two showers, two toilets and one washer/dryer per floor. Laundry facilities are free. When you apply for this housing option, please keep in mind that it is necessary to arrive on Saturday during the official arrival hours as there is no reception available on Sunday. It is not possible to extend your stay at De Boelelaan should you want to add some extra days to your stay in Amsterdam.
Off Campus Housing:
Hotel Jansen (closest of off campus options) is located at a 10 minute bike-ride or 30 minute walk from the university. The boutique style student ‘hotel’ opened its doors recently, and warmly welcomes visitors from all parts of the globe. Hotel Jansen has an intimate set up so you will feel at home easily. The staff is very approachable and open to help you with anything you need. In restaurant Mama’s you can enjoy healthy dishes for affordable prices. The building consists of six floors, each with a unique design representing a different area of Amsterdam. You room is approximately 18m2, has a private bathroom, small fridge, a desk and a super comfortable bed, bed linen and kitchen utensils are included. A large ‘club room’ with kitchen and amenities is to be shared with the rest of your floor which, most likely, will be summer school friends. Often it is possible to extend your stay at Hotel Jansen with extra nights.
The next two options are located in Diemen, 25 minutes from VU Amsterdam - getting a bike or public transport pass is recommended
OurDomain/Our Campus is located on a completely centralized student campus. Our Campus has many additional facilities such as: study and project rooms, a gym membership which comes with access to tennis, basketball, soccer, and a climbing wall, a service desk, handyman, 24/7 security, social events and workshops, a lounge with TV’s and a game room, and a vegetable garden (all included in the rental price). Additionally, the campus has many more services and facilities nearby such as a supermarket, medical and dental services, bars and restaurants, a hair salon, dry cleaning, public transportation, and more!
Via Hostel is located in Diemen at only 15 metro minutes from the center of Amsterdam and 25-30 bike/metro minutes from VU. They created a multi-functional playground for the curious new-age traveller ready to stretch their minds with new exhilarating experiences. Their mission is connect you to the local scene. May it be in the city or in one of their fly and fresh designed communal spaces.
Options for Additional Cultural Experiences
The Free University of Amsterdam Summer School offers three cultural excursions during each session for an additional cost. More information on excursions and costs can be found on the Social Programs page.
2 sessions: $3,163
3 sessions: $4,800
- Pre-Departure Orientation and on-site orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Airport pickup
- Passport fees
- Required textbooks and/or course materials
- Personal spending
- Optional excursions/activities
Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Application Deposit + First Payment + Final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
First Payment: A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 must be received by April 20. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 5. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Application Deposit and First Payment. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments and financial aid:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
March 15, 2020
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.