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John Stuart Mill Fellows Program at the Free University of Amsterdam

The John Stuart Mill Fellows Program (JSM Fellows) distinguishes itself from a regular exchange program in that students will be enrolled in the prestigious Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program at the Free University of Amsterdam (also known as Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or VU). John Stuart Mill Fellows will take classes at VU in the spring semester and will be joined by VU students in the fall. Students will be accompanied by Dr. Matthew Scherer, the director of Mason's PPE program, during their first week in Amsterdam. In addition, during their time at VU, students will have the opportunity to take a class co-taught by Mason's Robinson professor, Dr. Steven Pearlstein.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

VU is a major public university in the Netherlands. With over 24,000 students enrolled it is ranked as the #5 university in the Netherlands and #24 university in Europe by US News and World Report. The university is located in Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, one of Europe's top financial centers, and a major cultural global city. Its metropolitan area has a combined population of 2.5 million people.

Program Details

The JSM Fellows program is a Bilateral Exchange. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad.

About the PPE Program at VU

The PPE program at VU has been awarded the “Distinctive feature of small-scale and intensive education” by the the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Council (NVAO). This designation certifies that: it is a small-scale, intensive program with emphases on extra-curricular activities that enhance its academic and professional community; its curriculum is current and socially relevant; it is designed for highly motivated and talented students, and it has stringent entrance requirements. PPE at VU is an international program, and all courses are taught in English.

The PPE model was developed at Oxford and has been implemented at George Mason as well. PPE programs combine the traditional fields of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. They have an impressive track record in training students for leadership positions in business, politics, law, academia, journalism, and beyond.  PPE is premised on the idea that today's complex social problems require researchers, policy makers and professionals who can tackle issues from several angles, combine different perspectives in a constructive way, and understand the broader social and historical context of problems.


Travel Grant

Students with financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid) will automatically be considered for a travel grant up to $750. Students will be contacted by their program officer after the application deadline to let them know if they have been selected.


Did you know that ...

  • English is widely spoken?
  • Amsterdam has approximately 800,000 inhabitants?
  • Amsterdam has 165 canals and 1,281 bridges, more than even Venice?
  • Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands?
  • according to Mercer’s 2015 Quality of Life Survey, Amsterdam is ranked 11th worldwide?
  • according to The Safe Cities Index 2015, Amsterdam is in the top 5 of the safest cities in the world?
  • with almost 92,000 students, Amsterdam is a great and lively place to study?

Welcome to Amsterdam

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