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U21 summer/winter scholarships

With the U21 scholarships, you'll be able to spend a summer or winter abroad studying at any of the 27 universities of the Universitas 21 partner network with a scholarship opportunity. Learn a new language, broaden or deepen your academic knowledge, or discover a new city.

What can you expect from the programme?

All UvA students can apply directly to a physical or virtual summer/winter programme of your choice. Via this website, you can apply for extra guidance and reflective activities, as well as a scholarship. An overview of destinations can be found in the PDF on this page, on the U21 website, or check the websites of partner universities directly.

Corona update: The U21 scholarship is available for winter schools as well as summer schools in 2021, due to last year’s travel restrictions. As you apply directly to the university of your choice, it is your responsibility to make sure your insurance is in order and you can travel safely.

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For you?

All current UvA students are eligible. You are welcome to apply, as long as you have an active enrollment with UvA during the entire programme. Please note that you cannot apply for the U21 Scholarship if you want to follow a summer/winter course in the Netherlands.

When and where?

The dates differ per programme. Check the website of the host institution for specifics.

How much time is required?

Most summer/winter schools are full-time. However, this depends on the programme of your choice. You will also be invited for a preparatory event before, and a reflective event after your programme.

What are the costs? And is a scholarship possible?

The costs differ per programme. Check what costs are involved in your programme of choice (such as application fee, registration fee, accommodation, meals and visa et cetera).

The UvA offers students a need-based scholarship to cover (part of) the costs for the programme, depending on whether you choose a virtual or physical programme:

  • Physical programme: you can apply for a maximum of €2000,- euro’s to cover the cost of your program.
  • Virtual programme: you can apply for a scholarship to cover the application & admission fee.

If you are awarded the scholarship, you will receive the grant only after you have received a notification of acceptance from your U21 university. The UvA will refund the due amount, so expect to pay ahead. If this is a problem for you, let us know. It is your own responsibility to directly apply to the summer/winter programme offered by the U21 university of your choice.

Is this a credit-bearing programme?

In most cases, it is possible to transfer the credits earned during your summer/winter school. This depends on your host university and your current program at UvA. Contact your study advisor to inquire about the possibilities.

When and how can you apply?

Applications for winter schools are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Please use the 'U21 Scholarship Application Form' and attach your most recent official transcript in (or translated to) English. You can send your complete application to Please make sure to mention Application U21 Winter Scholarship in the subject header.

Applications for summer schools will open in 2022.

Applying in 4 steps

  1. Use the U21 website, the partner university website, and the overview document below to discover the destinations and offered programmes.
  2. Check the language and entry requirements and apply directly to the programme of your choice.
  3. Send in your online application for the U21Scholarship by email (no later than 8 December 2021), using the form. Do not forget to attach your most recent official transcript in English and letter of acceptance
  4. You'll be informed about the outcome within a week after your application. 

Join the information session!

Join our information session on 18 November or 13 January to find out if this programme matches your ambitions. You can also register for workshops to get helpful tips to overcome the challenges in applying and how to prepare.


The Office of International Student Affairs facilitates this programme. If you have any questions, you can email us at