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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105 Amsterdam View map
Netherlands
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2K-4K
Public
Very High
22,442
2,143
1,888

Overview

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers over 120 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students of the university are taught and mentored by top researchers in their academic fields and encouraged at every opportunity to further their potential.

From the very beginning, the university has determined its own areas of research, created its own study programmes and practiced its own didactic methods. The teaching style can be described as student-centered: we stimulate students to develop their own opinion through independent and creative thinking.

A multicultural community

VU Amsterdam is an internationally renowned university located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Amsterdam is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, boasting 179 different nationalities and English is widely spoken. At VU Amsterdam people of different nationalities work and study closely together, creating an international and dynamic academic community. Diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, is regarded as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

International students and staff

With over 3,300 international students and more than 80 different nationalities on campus, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam represents a wide range of voices. To make the transition to Amsterdam easier, the university helps students find accommodation, apply for scholarships, tackle immigration matters and prepare for international and Dutch labor markets.

Top reasons to study here

  •  VU is located in lively and multicultural Amsterdam, the city with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands;
  • VU is a modern campus university with student housing just a five-minute bike ride away;
  • VU is consistently listed among the world's top universities in various rankings.

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    • VU houses a Sports Center with good facilities, many types of classes and a gym. Provides cheap entrance for students and the possibility to subscribe for a short period of time.A basketball field, multiple beach volleyball fields and tennis tables are located on the campus ground, free to use for students any time of day.
    • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Medical Center has a general practice serving the local community. As part of the teaching hospital, it provides training and experience to medical students and conducts scientific research. VU students who live in Amsterdam (except Amsterdam Noord) or Amstelveen can register as patients.
    • The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Bibliotheek [university library] offers resources for study and research by providing a collection of scientific information to meet the demand of the questions posed.Approximately 90% of the collections accessible by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Bibliotheek are available digitally and, therefore, available to members of staff and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Free WIFI is available for all students and employees on campus. There are several computer rooms, a notebook study room and internet work spaces to study comfortably and quietly. All faculties have their own study and computer rooms, often combined.The buildings are generally opened from 7AM to 11PM on weekdays and from 8AM to 6PM during the weekend.

    Campus

    Almost all of our students, staff and programmes are located on campus: a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam.

    The Main Building has a permanent exhibition space, which showcases work of beginning and established artists. All over the campus you can view the university's art collection, including an art route through the public areas.

    The campus has its own bike repair shop, which also sells reasonably priced second hand bikes.


    Social life

    There are several types of student bodies at the university, mostly linked to a field of study. ESN Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an organization for all international and Dutch students at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It brings together students from around the world to introduce them to the university, to Amsterdam and to make them feel at home. ESN Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam organizes a host of activities, including cocktail parties, weekly get-togethers (borrels), weekend trips and social gatherings every two weeks.



    Check out the specific requirements for admission and language requirements for masters here!

    Programs available

    Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

    University Highlights

    Total students - 22,442

    42%
    58%

    International students - 1,888

    28%
    72%

    Total faculty staff - 2,143

    342
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    Total students - 22,442

    42%
    58%

    International students - 1,888

    28%
    72%

    Total faculty staff - 2,143

    1801
    342

    Undergraduate Program

    2,000 - 4,000
    8,000 - 10,000

    Postgraduate Program

    2,000 - 4,000
    12,000 - 14,000
    The fees above are an indicative annual course fee in US dollars. Please note that course fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.
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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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