Summer School - Migration and Integration, Refugees in the Netherlands,10 - 22 July 2016, Netherlands

Publish Date: Feb 24, 2016

Deadline: Apr 01, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 10, 2016 12:00 to Jul 22, 2016 12:00

Migration and Integration, refugees in the Netherlands

Europe is faced with the largest influx of immigrants since decolonization. Seemingly unprepared, European nations have struggled to handle the new reality. Even the free movement of people, long considered the foundation of European cooperation, has come under threat.

How should European nations deal with the recent mass migration? Can irreparable damage to the European project be avoided? Or should the recent migration be used as a catalyst for new forms of cooperation? And what about the immigrants themselves? Are they interested to permanently settle in Europe? If so, How can they, given their diverse backgrounds, be integrated best into the European society? 

This interdisciplinary two-week course introduces students to key issues in the legal, (geo)political, sociological and anthropological analysis of migration. It enables students to understand context in which the recent influx of migrants takes place, the social change this triggers and the efforts needed to successfully integrate the newcomers. 

Programme information

Migration and Integration, refugees in the Netherlands

How can Europe deal with the Thousands of migrants that have recently arrived? This course aims to strengthen an understanding of the issues surrounding migration and integration. It does so from various perspectives, ranging from crisis management and geopolitics, to international migration law and anthropology. 

The first week of the course will explore the journey of refugees on a macro scale by unpacking the various factors involved in forced migration. The first week delves into the many reasons why an individual decides to flee their home, with the morning module focusing on international refugee law and the afternoon module on the geopolitics at play.

The second week of the course narrows the focus to the Netherlands, featuring two modules, one that employs an anthropological lens and the other a crisis management lens. Not only are top-down, state-led iniatives featured and analyzed during this week, we also explore grassroots initiatives that have developed during the current refugee sitation.

Study Load

The academic dates for the programme are July 10 - July 22, 2016, beginning with a mandatory Orientation on Sunday July 10. The programme schedule from Monday to Friday includes:

  • morning lecture (2.5 hours)
  • lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)  
  • afternoon workshop (2.5 hours; includes film screenings, debates, and city excursions)
  • Friday is resereved for a programme related excursion
Programme dates: July 10 - July 22, 2016
Academic Opening: Sunday July 10, 2016
Housing dates: July 9 - July 24, 2016


As a Summer Institute student you receive a participation certificate and a transcript with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 4 European Credits (or 2 American credits) module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university.

Tuition, Costs & Scholarships

Migration and Integration, refugees in the Netherlands


Length of programme:   2 weeks
Tuition  € 1100

The tuition fee includes:

  • lunch on class days
  • public transportation card
  • access to course materials on Blackboard
  • excursions and site visits
  • Farewell drinks
  • certificate of attendance
  • credit students also receive a transcript

The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.


As in many major European cities and combined with growing tourism during the summer months, there is a shortage of affordable housing in Amsterdam.

Participants can either arrange their housing through providers in the private sector such as Airbnb and, or participants can request accommodation through the Summer Programmes Office and our housing partners for a reduced rate. For those that would like our assistance in booking accommodation, the Summer Programmes Office reserves basic, dorm-style student housing with the housing corporation, De Key. 

In the online application, you can state whether you would like our assistance booking a student room at our special price listed in the table, or you can always arrange your own accommodation in the private sector. There is a limited number of rooms, so it is first come, first serve. 

For more detailed information on the accommodation offered by the Summer Programmes Office, please see the table and PDF below. 

Housing dates:   9 July PM - 24 July 2016
Housing fee:   € 425

Cancellation Policy

Students may cancel their participation in a summer programme for a full refund, minus €250 administration fee (and potential housing costs), if the Summer Programmes Office staff is notified in writing (email is also valid) at least 30 days before the start of the programme (orientation/opening date).  No refunds will be given after this date.  If students know there is a chance they may have to cancel, we encourage them to contact us as soon as possible so that non-refundable items are not booked for them. 

In the event that a programme must be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances or an insufficient number of students, students who have paid tuition and housing fees will be reimbursed in full.  If applicable, students will be offered a spot in another programme, if a similar programme is available. 

U21/LERU Partial Scholarship

If your university is a member of the  Universitas 21 network and/or  LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500.  You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer programme.  If you graduate before the start of the summer programme but were a student at the time of submitting your application, you will still be eligible for the scholarship.  

Students studying at Dutch universities on these lists are not eligible for these scholarships.    

You must verify that your home university is a member of the LERU network and/or the U21 network. The Summer Programmes Office GSSS will then be able to submit your application to the U21/LERU scholarship fund. The final decision on granting these scholarships is made by the UvA following acceptance of the candidates into the summer programmes. The €500 scholarship will be deducted from your tuition.  

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility by making sure that your home university is in the   LERU or   U21 network.
  • Step 2:  Apply to the programme and indicate that you are applying for a LEUR or U21 scholarship in the scholarship field.  
  • Step 3: Upon acceptance you will hear if you have received the partial scholarship.  

AUF/AUV Travel Grant Scholarship

The Amsterdam University Fund is offering three € 400 partial scholarships for students in the Graduate School of Social Sciences Summer Programmes. The scholarship will help to cover the expenses for travel to and from the Netherlands. The conditions for eligibility for the scholarship are as follows:

  • You are applying to a summer programme
  • You are not living in the Netherlands

Priority will be given to UvA Alumni. The grant cannot be used in conjuncture with other scholarships (i.e. LERU/U21/GEP). 

If you meet the above conditions and would like to be considered for the scholarship, please write “AUF/AUV” in “scholarship” field on the online application, and write a one-page letter which states why you need the travel grant in order to participate in the summer programme.

The Amsterdam University Fund (Stichting Amsterdams Universiteitsfonds) is a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In order to apply for the travel grant, you must have a complete application on file with the Summer Programmes Office.

Further Funding

Below you will find links to scholarship databases and other known places to look for funding. There is also information for American and Canadian students who are interested in applying for a loan.

Application & Admission Criteria

Migration and Integration, refugees in the Netherlands

Deadline for application

April 1, 2016

Student profile

Applicants for this summer course must be at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. 

Students from any major are welcome to apply but at least one class in the social sciences is required.  A general interest in the social sciences and an open mind are necessary. 

Graduate students and professionals are also encouraged to apply.


Summer Programmes of the Graduate School of Social Sciences

Postal address 

Summer Programmes Office
Graduate School of Social Sciences
University of Amsterdam
PO Box 15725
NL - 1001 NE Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Visiting address

University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Roeterseiland Campus 
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
1018 WV Amsterdam

Our room is located on the 8th floor of the B/C-building. 

Tel: +31 (0)20 525 3776


Skype: summer-gsss-uva

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