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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 and 18 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds a position of 104.

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 22 bachelor’s degrees taught in English:

  • Artificial Intelligence (Lifestyle Informatics)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business Analytics
  • Communication Science
  • Communication and Information Science: Language and Media
  • Communication and Information Science: Language Learning and Language Teaching
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology
  • Economics and Business Economics 
  • Econometrics and Operations Research
  • Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometrics and Data Science
  • History and International Studies
  • International Business Administration
  • Law in Society
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences 
  • Literature and Society: English Literature in a Changing World
  • Literature and Society: English Literature in a Visual Culture
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
  • Political Science: Global Politics
  • Psychology

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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 subsidised and tuition fees are relatively low. Find out more about each scholarship here.

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Total students - 23,255


International students - 2,638


Total faculty staff - 2,399


Total students - 23,255


International students - 2,638


Total faculty staff - 2,399

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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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