VU University Amsterdam

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A distinctive education aproach

Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.

VU University Amsterdam is a state-funded research university with about 23,000 students and 2,500 academic staff. With almost 60 Bachelor’s degree programmes and over 100 Master’s degree programmes, VU University Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options.
The programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to study and the teaching staff are approachable. VU University Amsterdam provides an inspirational educational setting in which students from the Netherlands and abroad can reach their full potential.

Why study with VU University Amsterdam

Lively Amsterdam

VU University is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken.

As a student of VU University Amsterdam, you stand to benefit from all the advantages offered by the capital. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies. In just over fifteen minutes you are in the lively centre of Amsterdam, where there are numerous shops, places of entertainment, parks, and pavement cafes.

Independent culture

VU University Amsterdam was the first university in the Netherlands established by a private person, with no interference from the church or the state. This heritage is still very much part of who we are: VU stands for Vrije Universiteit, which translates literally as 'Free University.' From the very beginning, the university has determined its own areas of research, created its own study programmes and practised its own didactic methods. 

Accessible location

VU University Amsterdam can be easily reached by public transport.

Schiphol Airport is only eight minutes away by train. Amsterdam Zuid Station is within walking distance of VU University Amsterdam. There is also a rapid tram connection to Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station, with a journey time of just sixteen minutes. VU University Amsterdam is also easy to reach by car, being situated close to Amsterdam’s orbital motorway.

Interdisciplinary education

Almost all of VU University Amsterdam's students, staff and programmes are located in a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam. Accordingly, over the course of your studies, it is very easy to familiarize yourself with other disciplines.

Our English course offerings

The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 130 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community.

With more than 24,000 students, of which 3,300 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.  In addition VU University Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to study and the teaching staff are easily accessible. VU University Amsterdam provides an inspirational educational setting in which students from the Netherlands and abroad can develop their potential to the full.

Entry requirements

Find out about admission requirements, numerus fixus, premasters, and how to apply at Admission and application.

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