Quality of education
VU University Amsterdam has a sterling reputation for the fine quality of its teaching. You work in relatively small groups, in which considerable emphasis is placed on interaction and a personal approach. The teaching is well-organized. This is reflected, for instance, in the clear structure of the study programmes.
As a student of VU University, you stand to benefit from all the advantages offered by the capital. In just over fifteen minutes you are in the lively centre of Amsterdam, where there are numerous shops, places of entertainment, parks, and pavement cafes. Amsterdam is safe and English is widely spoken.
VU University Amsterdam devotes considerable attention to personal study advice. Right at the start of your course of study, you will be introduced to your programme’s study advisor. This person will offer you advice about any problems that you might have with your course of study, and answer questions about the job market.
VU University was the first university in the Netherlands established by a private person, with no interference from the church or the state. This heritage is still very much part of who we are: VU stands for Vrije Universiteit, which translates literally as ‘Free University.’ From the very beginning, the university has determined its own areas of research, created its own study programmes and practised its own didactic methods.
VU University is readily accessible by public transport. Schiphol Airport is only eight minutes away by train. Amsterdam Zuid Station is within walking distance of VU University Amsterdam. There is also a rapid tram connection to Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station, with a journey time of just sixteen minutes. VU University Amsterdam is also easy to reach by car, being situated close to Amsterdam’s orbital motorway.
Almost all of our students, staff and programmes are located on campus: a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam. Accordingly, in the course of your studies, it is very easy to familiarize yourself with other disciplines.
VU University is fully recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a research university. All degree programmes at VU University Amsterdam are either accredited by or in the process of being accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders. This body was established by international treaty and guarantees the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium through the accreditation of study programmes.
Types of programmes
VU University Amsterdam offers four types of programmes:
- Bachelor’s degree programmes (leading to BA/LLB/BSc)
- Master’s degree programmes (leading to MA/LLM/MSc/MPhil)
- PhD/Doctorate programmes (leading to PhD/Doctorate)
- Non-degree programmes (Study Abroad & Exchange/ Summer School)
A number of scholarship programmes exist for international Master’s students.
VU Fellowship Programme
The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in a selection of Master’s programmes at VU University.
VU University is a traditional Dutch university presided over by an Executive Board (three members), and has 10 faculties directly under the Executive Board. Each faculty provides one or more Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree programmes and carries out research. They are all organized differently, but most have a board, a central staff and several departments and graduate schools. The university also has a number of service departments, of which the International Office is one, and there a number of interdisciplinary research institutes.
Private or public?
VU University Amsterdam is one of 14 public universities which are recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education and is therefore partially government-funded. Under the Dutch system, the government subsidizes recognized universities on the basis of their student numbers and also sets limits and guidelines for the tuition fees that these universities are allowed to charge. This ensures access to quality higher education for all Dutch citizens, rich or poor. VU University Amsterdam welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.
At VU University we have over 76 nationalities studying, working and living together.
VU International Office Services
- Visa/residence permit
Find out if you require a visa/residence permit and how this will be arranged.
Information on accommodation at VU University Amsterdam.
- Registration at the municipality
When you have arrived in the Netherlands you must register with the municipality. Find out what you need to do.
- Introduction activities
After your arrival, numerous introductory activities will take place at VU University Amsterdam.
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