Last updated: June 15th 2020
Ever wondered how and why diseases develop? How medicine work or how novel drugs are discovered? What the underlying mechanisms are? Then join the exchange semester of Faculty of Medicine VU in which we will address all these questions.
The Faculty of Medicine VU's elective semester will give you insights in the translation of research to health care and back. In a minor of 24 EC (or 30 EC), you can select your minor of choice. You can complete your minor in January with a literature essay (6EC) to make it 30 EC.
From September till December, we offer the following 10 minors - 24 EC each:
- Amsterdam Global Health
- Cardiovascular Challenges in organ systems
- Challenges in Women's & Child Healthcare (only VU medical students & partly Dutch taught)
- Global Health Indonesia (only VU medical students)
- Hot Topics in Neurology and Psychiatry
- Cancer-Immunity-Personalized Therapies
- Clinical & Scientific Internal Medicine (only VU medical students & partly Dutch taught)
- Comprehensive Care and Anatomy (only VU medical students & partly Dutch taught)
- Move your body
- Medical Research to Clinical Practice
Global Health Indonesia, Challenges in Women's & Child Healthcare, Clinical & Scientific Internal Medicine and Comprehensive Care, and Anatomy are only open to VU medical students. Please mind that in the last three minors some parts (e.g. patient presentations) will be taught in Dutch.
The international minors of the Faculty of Medicine VU are open to our medical bachelor students and also to foreign students of partner institutions of VU and Amsterdam UMC. Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these minors need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedicinal sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine, or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
Global Health Indonesia and Comprehensive Care and Anatomy are not open to outside students from other faculties or universities.
If you are an exchange student and you want to take part in Comprehensive Care and Anatomy, an exception can be made if you meet all the requirements. This differs per exchange student and will be considered individually after your application.
- Our own VU medical students will automatically receive an invitation to apply during their 2nd year.
- VU students from other VU faculties and students from other Dutch universities can send their application, consisting of a recent transcript of their grades and the choice of minor, to email@example.com
- International students from non-Dutch universities and exchange students from international partner universities can send their enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application for the minor starting in September is possible between February 15th and March 31st of each year. Late applications will not be taken into consideration. For students from VU international exchange partner universities please consult your own international office at the VU partner university or the incoming team at VU: email@example.com
Please be aware that an application does not automatically mean you will be admitted to the minor of your choice.
The faculty will contact you as soon as possible, to let you know if your application has been successful. Please mind though that due to COVID19 we cannot ensure yet that international exchange students will be able to join our program in fall.
About Amsterdam University Medical Center - Faculty of Medicine VU
This minor is organized by Faculty of Medicine VU and linked to the Amsterdam University Medical Center, location VUmc. Amsterdam UMC - location VUmc has a strong international profile both in research and education which is reflected in its strong citation scores, its extensive international network, the high number of students doing part of their traineeships abroad, an English taught minor as an integral part of the regular medicine program, its international research master programs, and the specialized continuation courses offered abroad.
The high quality of research and education at VU University Amsterdam and its Faculty of Medicine can be demonstrated by its excellent performance in international rankings. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (or the Shanghai ranking) VU University is ranked amongst the top 100 to 150 universities worldwide. In the subject field of medical sciences, we rank even higher, we belong to the top 50 worldwide.
The Bachelor of Faculty of Medicine VU is ranked first in the Dutch National Student Survey. The National Students Survey (NSE) is a large-scale international survey in the Netherlands, for which almost all students in higher education are invited to give their opinion about the quality of their education.
The master Cardiovascular Research of Faculty of Medicine VU is also ranked first in the National Students Survey (NSE) 2018 of all biomedical master's programs in the Netherlands. The master Oncology ranked second.
Contact and more information
- When is the minor period at the Faculty of Medicine?
The minor program is offered from September to December (24 EC). You have the option to complete your minor with a literature essay in January (bachelor thesis) (6EC) to make it 30 EC.
- What conditions do I have to meet to be eligible to take a minor?
The international minors of the Faculty of Medicine are open to our medical bachelor students and also to foreign students of partner institutions of VU. Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these minors need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedicinal sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine, or biopharmaceutical sciences, health sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language. Please mind that some selected minors are only open to VU medical students.
- Am I allowed to take two minors, simultaneously at the Faculty of Medicine?
Unfortunately, you cannot take two minors simultaneously at the Faculty of Medicine. All minors are taught in the same period. You can choose to take a minor at a different faculty, click here for more information. Attention In order to include a second minor in your program, you will need approval from your program’s Board of Examiners.
- Can I choose or switch to another minor?
If you would like to change minors, you need to do this before the application deadline 1 April 2020. Making changes after approval is not possible.
- When and how you will be notified of the timetable for your minor?
At the Faculty of Medicine, the schedules will be announced late July or at the beginning of August. You can find the schedule of your minor at rooster.vu.nl
- I cannot register (course) in VUnet. What do I have to do?
You cannot register for the minor courses yourself. The Faculty’s education office carries out registration.
- Where can I find more minor course information
When you are registered for a course, you are automatically registered for the corresponding module on Canvas where more information will be posted.
- For how many credits (ECTS) may I register?
A minor is 24 EC (September- December). You can complete your minor with a literature essay in January (bachelor thesis) (6EC) to make it 30 EC.