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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Study in English in one of the most multicultural cities in the world at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, located in the dynamic business district. You’ll benefit from a world-class education and the ability to apply your knowledge to real-life challenges in the workplace.

VU is one of the two big research universities in Amsterdam. It was founded in 1880 and is consistently listed among the world’s top universities*. While the Netherlands does not have an official ranking system, according to the "CWTS Leiden Ranking", the Vrije Universiteit was recognized as the second best university, nationally.

Vrije Universiteit translates literally as Free University and maintains its rich heritage today. Offering a high level of research and education in interactive classes, you’ll develop your own opinion through independent and creative thinking.

VU University Amsterdam is one of 14 research universities in the Netherlands that offer an academic education and Master’s degree programmes. The faculties offer 50 bachelor's, almost 160 master's, and a number of PhD programmes. The language of instruction for most bachelor's courses is Dutch. As of fall 2016, the university offers seven bachelor's programmes fully in English. About 80 master's programmes at VU are offered entirely in English.

Why choose VU?

  • Ranked 154th in the THE 2015/16 world rankings
  • Exchange & international internship: 80+ partner universities
  • Strong ties to business
  • Opportunities for internships as well as good employment prospects after graduation
  • Affordable living with accommodation costs from €350, up to €750
  • Year established
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The university is located on a compact urban campus in the southern Buitenveldert neighbourhood of Amsterdam and adjacent to the modern Zuidas business distric, the most dynamic and fastest growing business districts in the Netherlands.