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University of Amsterdam

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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers over 200 English-taught degree programmes, some of which are unique to this university. The UvA ranks 57th overall in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and is one of the top 15 universities in Europe. With over 5,500 international students and researchers from more than 100 countries, the UvA offers a unique opportunity to pursue academic studies in a truly international environment.

Tracing its roots to the establishment of the Athenaeum Illustre in 1632, this modern University has a rich history. Today, students can attend classes and lectures at one of several integrated city campuses. The UvA also offers high-quality summer programmes in a wide range of disciplines.


Why choose UvA?

Prime location: Amsterdam is ideally located in Europe and is a vibrant creative, cultural and business hub. It was ranked 12th out of 450 cities in Mercer’s 2018 global ‘Quality of Living Survey’.

Range of study programmes: The University of Amsterdam offers over 200 English-taught degree programmes - one of the largest selections of any university in Europe.  

Research networks: The UvA actively partners with other institutions as a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas 21.

Rankings: The UvA is ranked 57th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings and is one of the top 15 universities in Europe.

International classrooms: Students from all over the world are represented in the UvA’s classrooms. The diverse viewpoints in this international environment stimulate unique discussions.

Bachelor's programmes

In addition to a large number of Dutch-taught programmes, the UvA offers 17 English-taught Bachelor's programmes.

Master's programmes

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

Find out more about how to apply, practical matters and scholarships at:  


If you have questions about practical matters such as admissions, housing or visas, you can contact the Student Service Desk. For questions about student life, living in Amsterdam, the education system and the campuses, get in touch with one of our international student ambassadors.

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We want to help you make the most of your time at the University of Amsterdam. This is why we offer a wide range of facilities to help you with practical tasks, extracurricular hobbies and interests, and study needs.

Study facilities

University library: The University Library is located in a number of buildings all over Amsterdam, and together they hold around four million volumes and a large collection of manuscripts.

Computers: Students have free access to computers located in a number of study centres in the centre of Amsterdam. 

Learning languages: Students who would like to learn Dutch while studying at the UvA can take courses in Dutch at the INTT (Institute for Dutch as as Second Language) at special student rates. 

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, theater, dance, film, digital media, photography and literature.

Student associations: A student organisation is a great way to meet other students. Amsterdam has a thriving student community with various student associations.

Restaurants, cafés and coffee bars: Various dining options are available at our campuses – from cafés and coffee bars to restaurants and canteens. 

Amsterdam: 12th for quality of life

Known for its quality of life, work-life balance and culture of cycling, Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city with a small-scale feel. In Mercer’s 2018 Quality of Living survey, Amsterdam placed 12th out of 450 cities worldwide. That’s because quality of life is Amsterdam’s trademark. Bicycle almost everywhere on dedicated bike paths and enjoy concerts, clubs, opera and ballet in a city of not even a million inhabitants.

One of the world's safest cities

In the Economist’s 2017 Safe Cities Index, Amsterdam placed 6th for safest cities worldwide. It is listed as the second safest in Europe. 

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 have shared their experiences on our website. If you have any questions about student life, living in Amsterdam, the education system or campuses you can also contact them: 

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

There are several steps involved in the admissions process – from checking the entry requirements and submitting your application to ultimately being enrolled at the UvA. The steps and deadlines may differ depending on which type of programme you wish to apply to. 

Key steps for admission to the UvA

  • Submit a request for registration through Studielink;
  • Be fully admitted to the programme of your choice;
  • Pay the tuition fee;
  • Submit proof of legal residency.

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

Our team of career advisers helps students decide on the next steps they will take for their studies or their career. We also host various workshops, events and fairs to help students prepare for their future career.

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


International students - 5,943


Total faculty staff - 2,807


Total students - 28,823


International students - 5,943


Total faculty staff - 2,807



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