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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 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 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 26,000 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.



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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, Politics and Economics (PPE) On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Political Science
Bachelor in Political Science: Global Politics On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Psychology
Bachelor in Communication Science On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Bachelor in Psychology On campus 3 years Amsterdam
Religion & Theology
BA Theology and Religious Studies Blended learning 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
Bachelor in Media, Art, Design and Architecture 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
Masters in Curating Art and Cultures On campus 2 years Amsterdam
Business
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 Financial Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
M.Sc. in Transport and Supply Chain Management On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Entrepreneurship
Masters in Entrepreneurship (Joint Degree) On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Finance
Masters in Accounting and Control On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Finance On campus 1 year Amsterdam
Masters in Finance (online) Online / Distance 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
Operations Management
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

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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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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.

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I love how diverse VU Amsterdam is, with their students from all over the world. Located in the capital of the Netherlands, this university truly is the best place to study.

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