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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 84 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community.

VU Amsterdam 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. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance. We distinguish 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 Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers English taught Bachelor's and Master’s degree programmes in different fields of interest, namely:

  • Art, Culture and History
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Computer Science, Mathematics and Business
  • Economics, Business and Law
  • Health and Movement Sciences
  • Language and Communication
  • Natural Sciences
  • Religion and Philosophy

Furthermore, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam provides three or four year research intensive PhD programmes, or part time PhD programmes with a duration above four years, organized in graduate schools of nine VU Amsterdam faculties. The doctorates are internationally-oriented, multi and interdisciplinary, curiosity and results driven, creating an impact in science, society and economy.

RANKING AND EDUCATION

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. 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.

LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS

Images of the Netherlands abound, from windmills and tulips to vibrant Amsterdam and an open and welcoming society. But these traditional perceptions of the country hide a much more interesting story: one of excellent universities and an international reputation for research and development in many of the most exciting fields of education, science and technology. There are few non-English speaking countries where the range of English-speaking programmes is so wide and diverse.

LIVING IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, boasting 180 different nationalities and where English is widely spoken. At VU Amsterdam 84 nationalities work and study closely together, creating an international and dynamic academic community.

FINANCES

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 programme you need to pay an application fee of €100. Experience shows that it costs between €800 and €1,000 a month to live and study in the Netherlands, excluding tuition fees and other non-recurring expenses. Some students manage to spend less, but of course that depends on your individual lifestyle. The tuition fee for Master's degree programmes varying from €14,500-€21,800. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

With our own scholarship, the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP), we offer highly motivated students with excellent study results the unique oppurtunity to pursue a Master’s degree with financial support provided by the university. The VUFP scholarship is a tuition fee waiver. The Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP) is meant for students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to follow a Master’s programme in the Netherlands. VU Amsterdam embraces diversity as an enrichment to our teaching, research and our contribution to society. This scholarship is specifically intended for excellent students who contribute to the diversity at our campus. As an international student planning to study at VU Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AMBASSADORS

Curious about everyday life in Amsterdam, from our campus to what's going on throughout the city? Would you like to know how the Dutch educational system differs from your own? Ask one of our student ambassadors. They would love to answer your questions by sharing their personal experiences of living and studying at VU Amsterdam.

FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

As a student at VU Amsterdam, you will have a wide range of facilities at your disposal. You will have access to extensive libraries, a university-wide wireless network and numerous computers and reading rooms. The university’s sport centre offers more than 35 different sports and the Griffioen cultural centre organises a variety of courses in the arts as well as other cultural activities. In addition, in collaboration with a local movie theatre, VU screens the newest internationally awarded films in the main building.

WHEN YOU APPLY

Your faculty’s International Student Advisor (ISA) helps you with the application procedure, admissions process, possible scholarship applications and any other information you may need related to your study.

WHEN YOU ARE ADMITTED

The Services team of International Office assists you with finding accommodation and applying for a visa and/or residence permit (if applicable). You can also live chat with the visa and accommodation team through our website. Please have a look under the Contact section for the latest opening hours, as availability is subject to change.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The general application deadlines are 1st of April for non-EU students and 1st of June for EU students. Some programmes may have other deadlines, so make sure you check the programme's webpage.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All programmes have specific admission requirements. In general, you will need a university Bachelor’s degree closely related to the Master’s programme you intend to pursue at VU Amsterdam. All programmes start in September.

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Programs

Bachelor's degree
Business Length Location
Bachelor in Business Analytics 3 years Amsterdam
Business Administration
Bachelor in Econometrics and Operations Research 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Econometrics and Operations Research - Econometrics and Data Science 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Economics and Business Economics 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in International Business Administration 3 years Amsterdam
Computer Science & IT
Bachelor in Computer Science 3 years Amsterdam
Humanities & Culture
Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences (Amsterdam University College) 3 years Amsterdam
Anthropology
Bachelor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology 3 years Amsterdam
History
Bachelor in History - History and International Studies 3 years Amsterdam
Literature
Bachelor in Literature and Society: English 3 years Amsterdam
Philosophy
Bachelor in Philosophy 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) 3 years Amsterdam
Political Science
Bachelor in Political Science: Global Politics 3 years Amsterdam
Psychology
Artificial Intelligence (Lifestyle Informatics) 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Communication Science 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Psychology 3 years Amsterdam
Law
Business Law
Bachelor in Law in Society 3 years Amsterdam
Media & Communications
Bachelor in Communication and Information Science - Language and Media 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Communication and Information Science - Language Learning and Language Teaching 3 years Amsterdam
Science
Biology
Bachelor in Biomedical Science 3 years Amsterdam
Mathematics
Bachelor in Mathematics 3 years Amsterdam
Master's degree
Art & Design
Masters in Arts & Culture: Design Cultures 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Arts and Culture: Comparative Arts and Media Studies 1 year Amsterdam
Art History
Master in History: Global History and International Studies 1 year Amsterdam
Master in History: Medical and Health Humanities 1 year Amsterdam
Business
Econometrics & Operations Research: Operations Research Theory 1 year Netherlands
Econometrics & Operations Research: Quantitative Economics 1 year Netherlands
Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometric Theory 1 year Online / distance program
Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometrics and Data Science 1 year Amsterdam
Econometrics and Operations Research: Financial Econometrics 3 years Amsterdam
Masters in Business Analytics 2 years Amsterdam
Business Administration
Masters in Business Administration: Digital Business and Innovation 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Duisenberg Honours Program in Financial Markets & Regulation 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Financial Management 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Human Resource Management 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: International Management 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Leadership and Change management 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Management Consulting 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Strategy and Organization 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Transport & Supply Chain Management 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Econometrics and Operations Research 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Economics 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Economics (Mphill RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Spatial, Transport & Environmental Economics 1 year Amsterdam
Entrepreneurship
Masters in Entrepreneurship (Joint Degree) 1 year Amsterdam
Finance
Finance: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Finance and Technology 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Accounting and Control 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Finance 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Finance: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Quantitative Risk Management 1 year Amsterdam
Marketing
Econometrics & Operations Research: Marketing Data Science 1 year Netherlands
Masters in Marketing 1 year Amsterdam
Computer Science & IT
Masters in Computational Science (Joint Degree) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Computer Science: Computer Systems Security 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Computer Science: Foundations of Computing & Concurrency 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Computer Science: Parallel Computing Systems 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Computer Science: Software Engineering & Green IT 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems 2 years Amsterdam
Information Technology
Masters in Geographical Information Science 3 years Amsterdam
Masters in Information Sciences 1 year Amsterdam
Web Design & Development
Masters in Computer Science: Internet and Web Technology 2 years Amsterdam
Engineering & Technology
Masters in Computer Science: Big Data Engineering 2 years Amsterdam
Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Engineering
Masters in Biomedical Sciences 1 year Amsterdam
Health & Well-Being
Masters in Health Sciences 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Management, Policy-analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences 2 years Amsterdam
Medicine
Masters in Cardiovascular Research (RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Drug Discovery and Safety 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Medical Natural Sciences 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Neurosciences (RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Oncology 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Philosophy: Philosophy of Neurosciences 2 years Amsterdam
Physiotherapy
Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences 1 year Amsterdam
Public Health
Masters in Global Health 2 years Amsterdam
Sports Science
Masters in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health (RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Humanities & Culture
Masters in Arts and Culture: Contemporary Art history 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Culture, Organization and Management 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Humanities Research: Critical Studies in Art & Culture 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Humanities Research: Global History 2 years Amsterdam
Anthropology
Masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology 1 year Amsterdam
Archaeology
Masters in Archaeology: Archaeology of North Western Europe 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Archaeology: Landschape and Heritage 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology 1 year Amsterdam
Criminology
Masters in International Crimes and Criminology 1 year Amsterdam
History
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (RM) 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Ancient History 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Studies 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Heritage Studies 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in History 1 year Amsterdam
Linguistics
Masters in Humanities Research: Linguistics 2 years Amsterdam
Literature
Masters in Humanities Research: Literature & Contested Spaces 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Literary Studies: English Literature in a Visual Culture 1 year Amsterdam
Philosophy
Masters in Philosophy: Philosophy of Law and Governance 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Philosophy: Philosophy, Bioethics and Health 2 years Amsterdam
Political Science
Masters in Political Science: Global Environmental Governance 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Political Science: International Relations and Transnational Governance 1 year Amsterdam
Psychology
Master in Genes in Behaviour and Health (RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Cognitive Neuropsychology (RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Social Psychology: Regulation of Social Behavior (RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Religion & Theology
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies (RM) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Building Interreligious Relations 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Exploring a Discipline 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Media 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Peace, Trauma and Religion 1 year Amsterdam
Languages
Masters in Linguistics: Language Consultancy and Linguistic Documentation 1 year Amsterdam
Law
Business Law
Masters in International Business Law 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in International Business Law: Climate Change and Sustainabilty 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in International Business Law: Finance and Behavior 1 year Amsterdam
International Law
Masters in Law: International Migration and Refugee Law 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Law: International Technology Law 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Law: Law and Politics of International Security 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Laws: Transnational Legal Studies 1 year Amsterdam
Media & Communications
Masters in Communication and Information Sciences 1 year Amsterdam
Science
Masters in Artificial Intelligence: Cognitive Science 2 years Amsterdam
Biology
Masters in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Biomolecular Sciences 2 years Amsterdam
Chemistry
Masters in Chemistry (Joint Degree) 2 years Amsterdam
Environmental Science
Masters in Earth Sciences 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Ecology 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Environment and Resource Management 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Hydrology 2 years Amsterdam
Mathematics
Masters in Mathematics 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Stochastics & Financial Mathematics 2 years Amsterdam
Physics
Masters in Physics & Astronomy (Joint Degree) 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Science, Business & Innovation: Chemistry & Physics 2 years Amsterdam
Associate's degree
Art & Design
Art History
Master in History: Religion and Society 1 year Amsterdam
Humanities & Culture
Political Science
Masters in Political Science: European Public Policy 1 year Amsterdam

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