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Cybercrime - The Human Factor, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
Policing and security have become key priorities in regional, national and international politics and policy-making. At the same time, they are issues at the centre of polarizing political and public debate on the protection of justice, citizenship and human rights. 


  • The social sciences fulfil a pivotal role in asking these and other challenging questions, and delivering critical perspectives and insights to policy-makers, practitioners and citizens, so that balanced policy decisions can be made. Shaping critical evidence-based policing and security policy starts in the classroom. This Summer School course in Transnational Policing, Security and Justice offers a varied, interdisciplinary programme based on insights from leading researchers and practitioners in the field. Using these insights, we will discuss current issues of radicalization, illicit trade, corruption, cyber security and the effects of policing and security policy on our communities, or on human rights and justice in general.
  • The city of Amsterdam (a cultural melting pot known for its open-mindedness) and the nearby city of The Hague (home to the International Criminal Court and Europol) are ideal locations for exploring these questions. The lecturers involved in the Summer School can draw on an extensive network of practitioners in the field of transnational policing and security and will invite guest speakers from Dutch and international public organizations (e.g. Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Europol, Customs), non-governmental organizations (e.g. PAX, Small Arms Survey), the private sector (e.g. Schiphol Airport Security, G4S) and the world of journalism.
  • VU Amsterdam has a wealth of research expertise in the area of policing and security and offers a wide range of relevant Master’s programmes on these topics, including Law and Politics of International Security, International Crimes and Criminology, Political Science: International Relations and Transnational Governance, and Bestuurskunde: Besturen van de Veiligheid (in Dutch only). VU Amsterdam also offers an interdisciplinary minor on Peace and Conflict Studies. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
    • Duration description
      3 August to 17 August
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course discussion questions include: 

  • How far can we take civilian surveillance in the fight against terrorism? 
  • How can we regulate illicit trade, in arms for example? 
  • Or could and should we ban the arms trade altogether? 
  • How can we hold the perpetrators of crimes accountable? 
  • And of course, just as important is the age-old and crucial question of “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” or “Who watches the watchmen?”


Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s students, who have a keen and demonstrable interest in matters of transnational policing, security and justice.


  • Dr Yarin Eski
  • Dr Marijn Hoijtink 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Course level: Advanced Bachelor/Master

Other Documents:

  • Motivation letter. Please make sure to describe your motivation for the specific course(s) you apply for: Why this topic? How will the course contribute to your future (academic) career?
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a printscreen of your most recent grades is sufficient)

It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers the following discounts:

  • Early Bird Discount: Discount of €150 for students that apply and pay before 15 March, 23.59 CET
  • Partner Discount: All students from partner universities from VU Amsterdam get a €250 discount. Click the box ‘partner university’ in the online application form and the discount will automatically be subtracted. 
  • Combination Discount: €200 discount when you apply for 2 courses, €300 when you apply for 3 courses. 


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers 10 scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees for one course. The scholarship is intended for excellent students who contribute to the diversity of the course.  

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