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University of Amsterdam

Roeterseiland, REC-E Roetersstraat 11 Amsterdam View map
Netherlands
#64
Public
Very High
28,823
Yes
2,807
5,943

Overview

Ranked in the top 20 universities in Europe and the top 65 worldwide, the University of Amsterdam (UvA)  stands for boundless curiosity – learning, research and innovation for a better world. Our 34,000 students from over 100 countries study a vast range of subjects from media, psychology and business to artificial intelligence.

We offer one of Europe’s largest selections of English-taught degree programmes, including some that are unique to us. A modern research university with roots going back to 1632, the UvA is set in the heart of a bustling European capital city that you can cycle across in under an hour.

Are you ambitious, independent and open-minded? We welcome individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit who, like us, believe in the power of change. Learn more at www.uva.nl/international.

Top 5 reasons to choose the UvA

Ranking and reputation
Study at a university that ranks among Europe’s top 20 and the global top 65 in the QS and Times Higher Education world university rankings 2019. Accredited by the Dutch government and the NVAO, the UvA is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

Freedom of choice
Choose from one of the largest selections of international degree programmes of any university in Europe, with nearly 200 programmes taught in English – several unique to the UvA.

Career impact
Gain knowledge, critical thinking skills and a degree that can support your career. We have a Student Careers Centre, a triple-accredited business school and a prime location in a city that’s a global hub.  

EU and global connections
Make friends across borders – over 7,000 of our 34,000 students are from outside the Netherlands. Benefit from the UvA’s many connections, including Universitas 21, a global university network.

Prime location
Become a local in this vibrant capital city with a small-scale feel. Amsterdam ranks 11th worldwide in Mercer's 2019 ‘Quality of Living Survey’, 1st in Europe and 4th globally in The Economist’s Safe Cities Index 2019. Many students tell us Amsterdam is ‘the place to be’.


Bachelor's programmes

We offers 20 English-taught Bachelor's programmes.

Master's programmes

Over 200 English-taught Master's programmes are available at the UvA faculties:


Find out more about practical matters, scholarships and how to apply at: www.uva.nl/international
 

Questions?

For questions about practical matters on admissions, housing or visas, you can contact the Student Service Desk. If you want to know what it’s like to study at the UvA, feel free to 
get in touch with one of our international student ambassadors.

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We’re here to help you make the most of your time in Amsterdam. As an UvA student, you have access to our libraries, modern study centres, Central Student Support Desk, career centre, university doctors, dentists and counsellors, and sports and cultural facilities. Students with a disability can also turn to the UvA for extra advice and assistance. We offer support and guidance in arranging practical matters like visas, residence permits and housing. Read more about our UvA facilities  or follow the links below.


Study facilities

City campuses:  Our locations are found throughout Amsterdam, increasingly focused on four open campuses. Many classes are given in historic buildings overlooking the canals or in high-tech laboratories at our Science Park – one of the largest in Europe.

University library: The University Library owns a vast collection of books, e-books, journals, e-journals and databases from around the world. Offering inspiring study, research and meeting spaces around the city, the library will move to the UvA’s new University Quarter in 2022.    

Language classes: If you would like to learn Dutch while studying at the UvA you can take courses at special student rates at the Institute for Dutch as a Second Language.

Studying with a disability: The UvA offers extra support for students with a disability, chronic condition or dyslexia. 


Extracurricular facilities

Sport and fitness: The University Sports Centre (USC) has locations throughout the city and students receive membership discounts.

Student Cultural Centre (CREA): CREA, the cultural organisation of the UvA, organises courses and workshops in the fields of music, theatre, dance, film, digital media, photography and literature.

Student associations: A student organisation is a great way to meet other people. The UvA has a thriving student community with various student associations.

Restaurants, cafés and coffee bars: Our campuses offer many options for snacks and meals - from cafés and coffee bars to restaurants and canteens. 

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) reflects the spirit of Amsterdam – it’s a place to be who you are and to discover who you want to become. With the UvA’s very wide range of degree programmes, attracting people from all over the world and from many different disciplines, you can be sure of an exciting and diverse environment. You can enjoy freedom of choice here, exploring the many opportunities that the UvA and the city offer.

Great place to live:
The UvA is located at the heart of Amsterdam, a vibrant, cosmopolitan, capital city with a small-scale feel. The city placed 11th out of 231 cities worldwide in Mercer’s 2019 Quality of Living survey, and 24th in the QS Best Student Cities 2019 ranking . It’s busy enough to be exciting, small enough to feel at home in. Cycle almost everywhere on dedicated bike paths and enjoy concerts, clubs, festivals and cafés in a compact city of less than a million inhabitants. Find your people and become a local in a European city with a global outlook.

One of the world's safest cities

In the Economist’s 2019 Safe Cities Index, Amsterdam placed 4th for safest cities worldwide. It's listed as as the overall safest in Europe. In the pan-European 'International Student Barometer', 96% of students polled felt safe and secure, and 97% said Amsterdam was 'the place to be'.

What's it like to study at the UvA?

Want to find out more about what it is like to be a student at the UvA? Our Bachelor's and Master's student ambassadors share their experiences on our website. Feel free to contact them if you have any questions about student life, living in Amsterdam, our education system or campuses:

- Contact the Bachelor's Ambassador students
- Contact the Master's Ambassador students

Explore your options first to find the programme that suits you best. After that, just follow our step-by-step admissions procedure. You can do it all online from where you are. The steps and deadlines differ depending on to the programme you choose.

Key steps for admission to the UvA

Every programme at the University of Amsterdam has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Find out how to apply for a programme by following the step-by step guide in the application and admission section of each programme.

Find out how to apply for a Bachelor’s programme
Find out how to apply for a Master’s programme

For many students* the career impact of an UvA degree is among the top reasons for choosing to study with us. It’s not just your study choice and the final degree certificate that matter. All our Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes combine teaching and research, promoting critical thinking that can give you the edge in professional environments.   
Amsterdam is not only the creative and cultural heart of the Netherlands but also a global business centre. Both during and after your studies, you can benefit from having access to major international firms and Dutch companies located in Amsterdam, such as Philips and Heineken, as well as academic institutions and cultural organisations.
Our team of career advisors can help you to decide on the next steps to take for your studies or career. We also host various workshops, events and fairs to help students prepare for their future professional life.


*Source: International Student Barometer 2018

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Faculty of Economics and Business

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

University Highlights

Total students - 28,823

37%
63%

International students - 5,943

47%
53%

Total faculty staff - 2,807

808
1999

Total students - 28,823

37%
63%

International students - 5,943

47%
53%

Total faculty staff - 2,807

1999
808

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.
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English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.

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