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Amsterdam: Sciences, Global Health, and Interdisciplinary Studies at VU Amsterdam (ACM)


Brenda Tooley

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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This ACM program is offered in partnereship with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), an internationally-known research university that places a special focus on interactive, small-group work. Sustainability is a core value that's woven into the fabric of the university's research, academics, and campus culture.

ACM students will take classes and live in university residence halls with both Dutch students and international students. The residential campus is located a short five-minute bike ride or three tram stops away from the main university campus where classes are held, and is convenient to shops, a cultural center, and a sports center.

Program participants will be able to choose electives from among more than 300 undergraduate courses that are taught in English at VU Amsterdam. The university is best-known for its strong science programs, particularly global health, biomedicine, and neuroscience. Courses also are offered in disciplines such as business analytics, entrepreneurship, psychology, digital humanities, and European history.

The fall semester consists of two, seven-week modules. Students will be required to take two elective courses in each module, plus a required course in Dutch language and culture that continues through both modules, for a total of 15 semester credits.

There is the option to add on a three-credit independent study project (ISP), supervised by the ACM visiting professor, which is completed over the duration of the semester.

Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands. Although English is also widely spoken, you'll be able to engage with the culture on an entirely new level by taking a semester-long Dutch language and culture course.

Period: Fall Semester (4.5 credits)
Program Advisor: Professer Frank McAndrew

For more information about the ACM Amsterdam program, click here.

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