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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers bachelor’s degrees in English and Dutch in a range of different fields.

Relocate to the Netherlands

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.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: we encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

Study in English

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers fourteen bachelor’s degrees taught in English:

  • Business Analytics
  • Computer Science
  • International business administration
  • Economics and Business Economics  (new programme)
  • Econometrics and Operations Research (new programme)
  • Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometrics and Data Science (new programme)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Literature and Society: English
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
  • Psychology
  • Communication and Information Sciences (CIS): Language and Media (new programme)
  • Communication and Information Science (CIS): Language Learning and Language Teaching (new programme)
  • Cultural Anthropology and development sociology (new programme)
  • Philosophy (new programme)
  • Biomedical Sciences (new programme)
  • History and International Studies (new programme)
  • Mathematics (new programme)

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Competitive programs

Each program has its own set of entry requirements. Generally, in order to be eligible to pursue a bachelor’s degree, you would need a high school diploma (VWO) and, for non-native English speakers, to submit an English proficiency test with your application. All programmes start in September.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Students from  the EU or EEA pay the same tuition fees as Dutch students. The tuition fees for most programmes are set by the Dutch government on an annual basis and vary per programme. When you apply for a programma at VU Amsterdam you need to pay an application fee of €100.

To International undergraduate students, scholarship options are limited. However, Dutch higher education is subsidized and tuition fees are relatively low. Find out more about each scholarship here.

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University Highlights

Total students - 23,278


International students - 1,805


Total faculty staff - 2,095


Total students - 23,278


International students - 1,805


Total faculty staff - 2,095


Postgraduate Program

2,000 - 4,000
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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