The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a public research university located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The UvA is the largest university in the Netherlands with over 30,000 students divided over seven major campuses. Founded in 1632 by the city of Amsterdam, the UvA is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. The UvA is organized into seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine, and Dentistry. The university offers over 200 English–taught degree programs to international students. The UvA has over 5,000 staff members and is one of the largest employers in the city of Amsterdam. The UvA is a member of the League of European Research Universities and the Coimbra Group. The university is also a member of the European University Association.
The UvA ranks 55th overall in the QS World University Rankings 2022 and is one of the top 15 universities in Europe. With over 5,500 international students and researchers from more than 100 countries, the UvA offers a unique opportunity to pursue academic studies in a truly international environment.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers over 200 English-taught degree programmes, some of which are unique to this university. The UvA ranks 57th overall in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and is one of the top 15 universities in Europe. With over 5,500 international students and researchers from more than 100 countries, the UvA offers a unique opportunity to pursue academic studies in a truly international environment.
Tracing its roots to the establishment of the Athenaeum Illustre in 1632, this modern University has a rich history. Today, students can attend classes and lectures at one of several integrated city campuses. The UvA also offers high-quality summer programmes in a wide range of disciplines.
Why choose UvA?
Prime location: Amsterdam is ideally located in Europe and is a vibrant creative, cultural and business hub. It was ranked 12th out of 450 cities in Mercer’s 2018 global ‘Quality of Living Survey’.
Range of study programmes: The University of Amsterdam offers over 200 English-taught degree programmes – one of the largest selections of any university in Europe.
Research networks: The UvA actively partners with other institutions as a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas 21.
Rankings: The UvA is ranked 57th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings and is one of the top 15 universities in Europe.
International classrooms: Students from all over the world are represented in the UvA’s classrooms. The diverse viewpoints in this international environment stimulate unique discussions.
In addition to a large number of Dutch-taught programmes, the UvA offers 17 English-taught Bachelor’s programmes.
Nearly 200 English-taught Master’s programmes are available at the UvA faculties:
- Faculty of Economics and Business
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty Medicine
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Faculty of Dentistry (programme in Dutch only)
Find out more about how to apply, practical matters and scholarships at: www.uva.nl/international
If you have questions about practical matters such as admissions, housing or visas, you can contact the Student Service Desk. For questions about student life, living in Amsterdam, the education system and the campuses, get in touch with one of our international student ambassadors.
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