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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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  • SIZE> 12,000 students

  • AGEMature

  • STATUS Private

  • RESEARCH High

  • FOCUS Comprehensive

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as PhDs in English and Dutch in a range of different fields. Students of the university are taught and mentored by top researchers in their academic areas and encouraged at every opportunity to further their potential.

Trailblazing research with a purpose

A mere 30 minutes from De Jordaan, Amsterdam’s bustling student district, and its charming labyrinth of tightly packed streets, boutiques, narrow houses and canals, you’ll find Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It’s a humanist research university, fully invested in life sciences, sustainability, connectivity and governance.

Every day, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam carries out innovative projects to further humanity in a range of different areas, including mental health, the relationships humans have with virtual worlds and neurosecretion. Explore Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s research.

A high caliber learning environment

Just a stone’s throw from one of the most thriving business districts in the Netherlands, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a challenging learning environment and a home to some of the world’s brightest minds. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdispciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society.

The Dutch university Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam tends to upstage its rivals in the rankings and ratings. The overall quality of Dutch higher education is among the best in the world. The Dutch higher education system has been ranked 7th in the world by Universitas 21, a global network of research universities. In the Academic Ranking of the World Universities 2017 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds a position between 101 and 150.

International students and staff

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

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    This institute is rated 4 Stars based on 8 categories.
    Research
    Employability
    Teaching
    Facilities
    Internationalization
    Innovation
    Social Responsibility
    Specialist Criteria
    176
    2016
    199
    2017
    218
    2018
    • 45.6
      Overall Score
    • 50.5
      Academic Reputation
    • 55.8
      Citations per Faculty
    • 43.5
      Employer Reputation
    • 35.8
      Faculty Student
    • 38.2
      International Faculty
    7
    2017
    • 87.7
      Overall Score
    • 89.6
      Academic Reputation
    • 78
      Citations per Paper
    • 87.9
      Employer Reputation
    • 84.2
      H-index Citations
    251-300
    2018
    Graduate Employability Ranking
    • 27.9-32.2
      Overall Score
    • 28.1
      Employer Reputation
    The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.
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    Number of academic faculty staff

    In total
    2,095
    International
    331

    Number of students

    23,278
    Postgraduate 42%
    Undergraduate 58%

    Number of international students

    1,805
    Postgraduate 75%
    Undergraduate 25%
    The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.
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    The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.

    14 Undergraduate Courses

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    108 Postgraduate Courses

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    English Language Proficiency Requirements

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