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Amsterdam University College

3.8 out of 5 (35 ratings / 26 reviews) Amsterdam, Netherlands
AUC i a full-time, selective three-year honours programme in liberal arts and sciences at the Bachelor level, taught in English, with a strong offering in the sciences and enrolling up to 50% science majors.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (1)



Established in 2009, Amsterdam University College (AUC) is committed to providing a top quality liberal arts and sciences education, jointly supported by the two major research universities in Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).


Amsterdam University College (AUC) offers a liberal arts and sciences programme, leading to a joint Bachelor (Honours) degree from the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. A liberal education teaches you to read intelligently, think critically and write effectively.


Amsterdam University College is located in Amsterdam Science Park amidst top-level institutions dedicated to scientific research and innovation. These institutes have close ties with AUC, offering opportunities to AUC students for research internships, capstone work. In addition, the institutes host joint seminars with and at AUC, and high profile guests from these top-level institutions are regularly invited to give Who’s in Town lectures or even to teach classes.


AUC graduates are well prepared to continue their studies at Master or PhD level at major research universities in the Netherlands and abroad, or to pursue a career in international corporate or public organisations.

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Student services

Current students can find information on all of the following on Blackboard:

  • Academic matters
  • Financial matters
  • Student Life & Well-Being
  • Computer and ICT
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Housing services

Your time at AUC will become a true intercultural and social learning experience. AUC students live and study together on our modern international campus, located in the Science Park Amsterdam. The Science Park's concentration of education, research exploration and enterprise is the perfect academic environment for AUC, as well as being the location of the University of Amsterdam's sports centre and other sport and social facilities.

Library services

The Amsterdam University Library has an impressive stock of approximately four million volumes, and special collections of rare manuscripts, letters and maps. The collection is free for all university staff and students, and spread across 20 locations and a large book depot.

ICT services

All the ICT facilities at AUC, such as a wireless network throughout the academic building, have been set up to enable students to use their own laptops for their studies. There are, therefore, no computer rooms with PCs for student use in the AUC academic building. Therefore, AUC students are expected to bring their own laptops.

Medical services

The USC has a SMA. Here you can visit sports professionals in almost every field. Physiotherapists, dietitian, movement scientists, sports physicians and sports psychologists work side by side in order to help you find the care you need as soon as possible. Choose your care below, contact us, and/or visit a free consultation hour.

Student Life

Campus life

AUC is situated within the city of Amsterdam. The residential campus is located in Amsterdam Science Park in the Watergraafsmeer neighbourhood of the city, in the borough of Amsterdam Oost (Amsterdam East). The academic building of AUC is also located at Amsterdam Science Park. The academic building was completed in July 2012 and is only a short distance from the student residences. In addition to the classrooms, the building offers study areas, a common room, reading room and cafe. Modern information technology supports all study activities, and students have access to laboratories for any practical work required for their studies.

The AUC learning experience combines studying with cultural and social life.

Sports facilities

Universum Sports Center on campus

  • Furthermore, all AUC students have the opportunity to become members of Universum Sport Center (USC) at sharply discounted rate. The USC is located directly across the AUC academic building and offers fitness facilities and a wide range of classes covering everything from swimming to rock climbing. The USC also has several gyms, a sauna, tanning beds and a sports café called Oerknal.

Student clubs

AUCSA’s committees are the core of the social life at AUC. By and for students, these committees facilitate a wide variety of fun activities. From debating sessions to curry workshops and from epic parties to meditation sessions: there is something for everyone. You can find the list of committees below. Want to start your own? Great! Scroll a bit further down, and you will find the information needed.

Student Reviews

Interdisciplinary programme ruined by COVID-19
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The programme is indeed interdisciplinary, with a possibility to choose courses from almost any study area you can think of. This even includes courses that take place at both UvA and VU, apart from the ones offered within AUC itself. Also, every course has a strong international character, since around 50% of the students are not from the Netherlands. This definitely adds...

My experience at the university
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

overall study experience was good but I didn’t know much about other people’s culture

Be flexible with your course plan
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really liked the freedom I had while studying at AUC, however sometimes it was difficult to fit in all the courses I wanted to take due to timetable clashes or sudden cancellations


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