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University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a modern university with a rich history, tracing back to 1632. It is one of the larger comprehensive universities in Europe, with more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and 250 Bachelor's and Master's study programs. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities and also maintains intensive contact with leading research universities around the world.

Offering a top-class academic education, inspiring surroundings and personal guidance, the University of Amsterdam conduct teaching and researching in following seven faculties:

  • The Humanities
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Economics and Business
  • Law
  • Science
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry

The university provides its students with the resources required to achieve their full academic and personal potential and each student is challenged intellectually by a comprehensive academic curriculum. The University of Amsterdam has risen to international prominence as a research university, gaining an excellent reputation in both fundamental and socially relevant research. The university’s thriving doctoral programs provide an excellent foundation for engaging in high-quality teaching and research.

Characterized by a critical, creative and international atmosphere, the University of Amsterdam has a long tradition of open-mindedness and engagement with social issues, in keeping with the spirit of the city with which it is inextricably linked.

Despite being a large university, the University of Amsterdam has small scale institutes in which students work. Many of the study programs are housed in the center of Amsterdam. The city itself is a vibrant and cosmopolitan center of culture and media and offers many opportunities for students’ education as well as their future career.

Aiming for all students to graduate, UvA seeks to give each student the education that suits him or her. This involves a wide range of educational routes with tailor-made student guidance and involves a close collaboration with the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences. If it appears a student have made the wrong choice in the course of the first year, he or she is steered towards a more appropriate program within the Hogeschool van Amsterdam or the University of Amsterdam.


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