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Last modified on 05-10-2023 10:56
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The applications for U21 2023 have closed. New information on U21 scholarships for the summer of 2024 will appear on this page around September/October 2023.

In brief

The goal of the global university network Universitas 21 (U21) is to contribute to a more inclusive study abroad community. U21 includes 27 universities all around the world, most of which offer summer programmes. U21 is designed to inform and support student development, enhancing their ability to work together in broader communities.

You can find the summer school offer on the list of partner universities (pdf). Did you find an interesting programme? Then apply to the host institution directly, and apply separately for the U21 Summer School Scholarship through the University of Amsterdam.

Get informed

  • Subscribe to our newsletterExternal link to stay updated on important deadlines and dates for our international (summer) programmes.
  • Attend our (online) information session + Q&A for more information about this programme. The Q&A is held as an opportunity for U21 applicants to ask questions. A registration link for the next session is going to appear here in due time.
  • Register for workshops hosted by the Office of International Student Affairs to get helpful tips to overcome the challenges in applying, and how to prepare.

Why the U21 summer school?

Are you struggling to afford to study abroad through an internship, research project, or exchange programme? Or do you have other concerns preventing you from going on exchange for an extended period of time? The U21 summer scholarship will allow you to gain an affordable, yet meaningful international experience.

Have you always wanted to study outside of Europe, while a semester exchange is not an option for you? The 27 universities in the U21 alliance are spread all over the world! Visit Australia, China, South Africa, South Korea, the US, and more! You can choose the courses and the dates, which differ per course, yourself.

Practical matters


  • You are enrolled at the University of Amsterdam throughout the programme.
  • You cannot apply for a U21 scholarship if you want to do a summer school in the Netherlands.
  • We especially encourage students with limited access to study abroad to apply, such as first-generation college students, students with caregiving responsibilities, safety and health concerns, students who are underserved or have financial difficulties, or students who experience other barriers to study abroad.


  • The UvA offers you the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to cover (part of) the costs (such as the application fee, registration fee, accommodation, meals, and visa, etc.)
  • The UvA will transfer the amount after the programme is finished, so prepare to pay ahead! If this is a problem for you, please let us know.
  • To be eligible for the scholarship, you must participate in the full summer programme. Most summer programmes have a full-time course load. However, study load depends on the programme.
  • The costs of a summer school differ per programme.
  • The amount of the scholarship depends on whether you choose a virtual or physical programme:
    • Physical programme: you will receive a scholarship of 2000 euros. With this you can pay for (part of) the programme and, in some cases, (if the registration fees are lower than 2000 euros) also part of your accommodation.
    • Virtual programme: you can apply for a scholarship to reimburse registration fees up to a maximum of 2000 euros.

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