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University of Amsterdam

3.8 out of 5 (179 ratings / 137 reviews) Amsterdam, Netherlands
The UvA's quality assurance system serves a number of important purposes. The UvA's key priorities may change to reflect new external requirements. The UvA's quality assurance system is designed to ensure that the University maintains best practices and continually assesses whether there is a need for improvement or adjustment.



In January 1632, Gerardus Vossius opened the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam. The next day, Caspar Barlaeus gave his famous lecture on the wise merchant, Mercator Sapiens. It was with these two professors, who were already well known figures in the international world of learning, that the history of the University of Amsterdam started around four centuries ago.


The system allows the UvA to determine whether it is achieving the desired quality standards. In other words: is the UvA taking the appropriate measures and carrying them out effectively? This is why it is important that the quality assurance system provides information on current quality levels from a range of different sources. Crucially, the system enables the University to adjust its processes; after all, quality cannot be improved without the necessary adjustments being made.


The UvA is a leading international research institution that values, promotes and rewards excellent research. With an annual research budget of €850 million, we are one of Europe's largest broad-based research universities. UvA researchers publish 9,500 scientific articles per year.

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Student services

Student Services offers information, advice or support regarding your registration as a student and other matters which concern studying at the UvA or student life in general. If we cannot help you, we will always refer you to a department or faculty which can. Student Services consists of several student support services.

Library services

From study places to borrowing and publishing your thesis, the Library takes care of you.

ICT services

As a UvA student, you have access to the UvA’s wireless network at various UvA buildings and in lecture and study rooms.

Medical services

UvA students can seek medical treatment at the Student Medical Service, where doctors are available with specific knowledge of student life. Visit a student doctor if you are sick, feeling down or have other health concerns. You are also welcome if you need a prescription, a lab test or a vaccination.

Student Life

Campus life

The UvA has four campuses located across Amsterdam. Some classes are in quaint old buildings overlooking the canals, others in high-tech laboratories.

Sports facilities

There’s more to university life than work and study! Take advantage of all that the UvA has to offer, from art courses to sports activities and public lectures. It’s a great way to meet others in the UvA community.

Student clubs

Amsterdam has a thriving student community with various student associations. There are plenty of associations and activities for students to participate in alongside their studies.


The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) is the official, independent body that monitors and guards the University of Amsterdam's quality assurance system.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My program was structures thus that the emphasis was on independent work, meaning that I could structure my schedule myself, easily fit it with my pay-job schedule and essentially it allowed me to be very flexible.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

When life gives you lemons, Make lemonade; Hold the sugar, That would be super.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Just keeping up with your classes is enough to learn a lot about the fields you are interested in. Classes are always challenging, encouraging you to think critically about the material. The diversity of the university helps you get to know about almost every culture in the world from their natives.

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