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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 122 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. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

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 via our website.They would love to answer your questions via WhatsApp 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. Due to our coronacrisis the deadline for non-EU/EEA is extended from 1st of April 2020 to 1st of May 2020. Some programmes may have other deadlines, so make sure you check the programme's webpage.

OPEN DAYS

Visit the VU Master's Evening on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Visit our VU Bachelor's Day on Friday 30 and/or Saturday 31 October 2020 and discover our wide range of international Bachelor's degree programmes. Registration forms are available on VU's websites. 

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.

For more information go to: vuamsterdam.com or take a look on our Facebook, YouTube channel, blog, LinkedIn or Instagram.



Programs

Bachelor's degree
Business Delivery method Length Location
Bachelor in Business Analytics On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Business Administration
Bachelor in Econometrics and Operations Research On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Econometrics and Operations Research - Econometrics and Data Science On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Economics and Business Economics On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in International Business Administration On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Computer Science & IT
Bachelor in Computer Science On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Humanities & Culture
Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences (Amsterdam University College) On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Anthropology
Bachelor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology On campus 3 years Amsterdam
History
Bachelor in History - History and International Studies On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Literature
Bachelor in Literature and Society: English On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Philosophy
Bachelor in Philosophy On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Political Science
Bachelor in Political Science: Global Politics On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Psychology
B.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Communication Science On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Psychology On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Law
Business Law
Bachelor in Law in Society On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Media & Communications
Bachelor in Communication and Information Science - Language and Media On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Communication and Information Science - Language Learning and Language Teaching On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Science
Biology
Bachelor in Biomedical Science On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Mathematics
Bachelor in Mathematics On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Master's degree
Art & Design
Masters in Arts & Culture: Design Cultures On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Arts and Culture: Comparative Arts and Media Studies On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Art History
Master in History: Global History and International Studies On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Master in History: Medical and Health Humanities On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Master in History: Religion and Society On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Business
Econometrics & Operations Research: Operations Research Theory On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Econometrics & Operations Research: Quantitative Economics On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometric Theory Online / Distance 1 year Amsterdam
Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometrics and Data Science On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Econometrics and Operations Research: Financial Econometrics On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Masters in Business Analytics On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Business Administration
M.Sc. in Digital Business and Innovation On campus 1 year Amsterdam
M.Sc. in Finance: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets & Regulation On campus 1 year Amsterdam
M.Sc. in Financial Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
M.Sc. in Transport and Supply Chain Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Human Resource Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: International Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Leadership and Change management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Management Consulting On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Business Administration: Strategy and Organization On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Econometrics and Operations Research On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Economics On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Economics (Mphill RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Spatial, Transport & Environmental Economics On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Entrepreneurship
Masters in Entrepreneurship (Joint Degree) On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Finance
Finance: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Finance and Technology On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Accounting and Control On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Finance On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Finance: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Quantitative Risk Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Marketing
Econometrics & Operations Research: Marketing Data Science On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Marketing On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Computer Science & IT
Masters in Computational Science (Joint Degree) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Computer Science: Computer Systems Security On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Computer Science: Foundations of Computing & Concurrency On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Computer Science: Parallel Computing Systems On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Computer Science: Software Engineering & Green IT On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Information Technology
Masters in Geographical Information Science On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Masters in Information Sciences On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Web Design & Development
Masters in Computer Science: Internet and Web Technology On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Engineering & Technology
Masters in Computer Science: Big Data Engineering On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Engineering
Masters in Biomedical Sciences On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Health & Well-Being
Masters in Health Sciences On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Management, Policy-analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Medicine
M.Sc. in Biomedical Technology and Physics On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Cardiovascular Research (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Drug Discovery and Safety On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Neurosciences (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Oncology On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Philosophy: Philosophy of Neurosciences On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Physiotherapy
Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Public Health
Masters in Global Health On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Sports Science
Masters in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Humanities & Culture
Masters in Arts and Culture: Contemporary Art history On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Culture, Organization and Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Humanities Research: Critical Studies in Art & Culture On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Humanities Research: Global History On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Anthropology
Masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Archaeology
Masters in Archaeology: Archaeology of North Western Europe On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Archaeology: Landschape and Heritage On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Criminology
Masters in International Crimes and Criminology On campus 1 year Amsterdam
History
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Ancient History On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Studies On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Heritage Studies On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in History On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Linguistics
Masters in Humanities Research: Linguistics On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Linguistics: Text Mining On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Literature
Masters in Humanities Research: Literature & Contested Spaces On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Literary Studies: English Literature in a Visual Culture On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Philosophy
Masters in Philosophy: Philosophy of Law and Governance On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Philosophy: Philosophy, Bioethics and Health On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Political Science
Masters in Political Science: Global Environmental Governance On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Political Science: International Relations and Transnational Governance On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Psychology
Master in Genes in Behaviour and Health (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Cognitive Neuropsychology (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Social Psychology: Regulation of Social Behavior (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Religion & Theology
M.A. in Theology & Religious Studies: Interreligious Studies On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies (RM) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Exploring a Discipline On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Media On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Peace, Trauma and Religion On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Languages
Masters in Linguistics: Language Consultancy and Linguistic Documentation On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Law
Business Law
Masters in International Business Law On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in International Business Law: Climate Change and Sustainabilty On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in International Business Law: Finance and Behavior On campus 1 year Amsterdam
International Law
Masters in Law: European and International Law On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Law: European and International Law On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Law: International Migration and Refugee Law On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Law: International Technology Law On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Law: Law and Politics of International Security On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Media & Communications
Masters in Communication and Information Sciences On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Science
Masters in Artificial Intelligence: Cognitive Science On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Biology
Masters in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Biomolecular Sciences On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Chemistry
Masters in Chemistry (Joint Degree) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Environmental Science
Masters in Earth Sciences On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Ecology On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Environment and Resource Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Hydrology On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Mathematics
Masters in Mathematics On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Physics
Masters in Physics & Astronomy (Joint Degree) On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Masters in Science, Business & Innovation: Chemistry & Physics On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Summer / Short course
Business
Organizational Behaviour Management Online / Distance 2 weeks Amsterdam
Computer Science & IT
Data Science & Analytics
Data Analysis in R Online / Distance 2 weeks Amsterdam
How to Conduct a Meta-Analysis Using Open-Science Software Online / Distance 2 weeks Amsterdam
Information Technology
Disruptive 4.0 A Multidisciplinary Approach to Artificial Intelligence Online / Distance 2 weeks Amsterdam
Health & Well-Being
Public Health
Neurodegenerative Diseases: Foundation, Tools and Perspectives Online / Distance 2 weeks Amsterdam
Humanities & Culture
Philosophy
Intercultural Philosophy and Postcolonial Theory: Discourse and Dialogue On campus 25 hours Amsterdam
Political Science
Research Integrity On campus 14 hours Amsterdam
Sustainable Development
The Global Energy Transition in a Fossil World Online / Distance 2 weeks Amsterdam
Media & Communications
Digital Media
Reaching the crowd: social media promotion and video making in research On campus 30 hours Amsterdam
Writing
Academic Writing: From Scientific Paper to a PhD Thesis On campus 15 hours Amsterdam
Science
Microbes, Health and Society On campus Amsterdam
Mathematics
Meta-analysis: Know-how and beyond On campus 30 hours Amsterdam
Teaching & Education
Kick Start Your Career: Academic Skills During and After University Online / Distance 2 weeks Amsterdam
Associate's degree
Humanities & Culture
Political Science
Masters in Political Science: European Public Policy On campus 1 year Amsterdam

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • 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.

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. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they 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.

Awards & Accreditations

16 worldwide

Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking

104th worldwide

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018

236th worldwide

International QS World University ranking 2021

Student services & facilities

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.

Campuses

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.

Student lifestyle

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. Curious about everyday life in Amsterdam, from the 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 their student ambassadors. They would love to answer your questions by sharing their personal experiences of living and studying at VU Amsterdam.

Accommodation

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 VU Amsterdam's website. Please have a look under the Contact section for the latest opening hours, as availability is subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

With their own scholarship, the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers 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 their teaching, research and contribution to society. This scholarship is specifically intended for excellent students who contribute to the diversity at their campus. As an international student planning to study at VU Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.

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