University of Amsterdam


At the University of Amsterdam (UvA) students can choose from over 200 English-taught degree programmes. The UvA ranks 62nd overall in Times Higher World Rankings 2018 and belongs to the top 3 Dutch Universities in the THE Europe Teaching Rankings. With over 7,000 international students and researchers from more than 100 countries, the UvA offers a unique opportunity to pursue academic studies in a truly international environment.

Student are encouraged to develop their skills and talents, and benefit from a stimulating academic environment. The emphasis at the UvA is not only on developing academic skills, but also on fostering originality, intellectual ability and self-confidence.

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 four integrated city campuses. During the summer months, the UvA also offers high-quality summer programmes in a wide range of study areas.

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 scores highly in various world university rankings 62nd on the Times Higher Education Ranking. It is ranked among the top 15 universities in Europe and the top 65 worldwide.

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. According to the THE World University Rankings 2018, the UvA is the most international university in the Netherlands.

Bachelor’s programmes

In addition to a large number of Dutch-taught programmes, the UvA offers a variety of English-taught Bachelor’s programmes.

Master’s programmes

Over 200 English-taught Master’s programmes are available at UvA faculties:

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As a metropolitan institution, the University of Amsterdam has always been housed in old and new buildings scattered throughout the capital. Because UvA is not a separate, secluded campus, students and city residents readily mix, allowing Amsterdam to maintain close cultural and academic ties to the school. The majority of UvA’s buildings lie in the heart of Amsterdam, with only the faculties of Science, Medicine and Dentistry located outside the City Centre. The university lies within the largest megalopolis in the Netherlands, the Randstad, with a population 7.2 million inhabitants.