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University of Amsterdam

3.9 out of 5 (229 ratings / 205 reviews) Amsterdam, Netherlands
The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

About

History

On 8 January 1632, Gerardus Vossius opened the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam, with his inaugural lecture ‘De historiae utilitate’ (On the usefulness of history). The next day, Caspar Barlaeus gave his famous lecture on the wise merchant, ‘Mercator Sapiens’. 

Education

Explore the University of Amsterdam (UvA) – a leading European university reflecting the innovative and international culture of Amsterdam. Choose from 200+ degree programmes.

Research

Research is at the heart of what we do. Nearly 3,000 researchers carry out experimental and theoretical research, and every UVA student has the chance to carry out research themselves.

Career

You can get started on your own. Occasionally, however, you just need some fresh perspective. Our careers advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre are happy to help and offer a constructive chat, feedback, inspiration and information about your study and employment options.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
55 6
2021
61 3
2020
64
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
-
2021
66 -4
2020
62
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
-
2020
101
2019
101
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
40
2020
40
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

  • The student assessor takes part in deliberations on centrally executed policy at the UvA, with a focus on teaching and student-related matters. The student assessor attends meetings of the Executive Board and advises the Executive Board, and contributes points for discussion to the administrative agenda. 
  • The student assessor liaises closely with students inside and outside of the representative advisory bodies, acting as a link between management and the student community.

Library services

The University Library is located in a number of buildings all over Amsterdam. Apart from the central University Library (UB) on the Singel there are individual faculty libraries, and together they hold around four million volumes and a large collection of manuscripts.

ICT services

As a UvA student, you will be able to make use of online and offline study facilities. Your UvA student card and UvAnetID will give you access to these study facilities and more.

Medical services

In case you have a medical condition which could pose a problem during your studies, at fieldwork, during excursions, or something that you think is important to inform the program coordinator about, it is important to report this with the university medical health services doctor.

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.

Roeterseiland Campus

  • Three faculties are housed at the Roeterseiland Campus: Economics and Business, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Law. CREA, the student cultural organisation, is also located here.

Campus development

  • The UvA is working to consolidate its teaching and research activities within four campuses. At one time, we had about 85 different buildings scattered across Amsterdam. Many buildings didn't meet modern-day standards for teaching and research, and there weren't enough common areas to facilitate collaboration between disciplines. 

Sports facilities

  • There's no end to the opportunities to engage in sports in Amsterdam, but the cheapest place for students and staff of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) to do so is at the USC. There are also all sorts of student sports clubs you can join. The UvA also has a scheme for top-class athletes.
  • The UvA student sports centre is open seven days a week and is based in six locations spread across the city and located close to other UvA buildings and facilities wherever possible. There are four gyms, outdoor tennis courts, a yoga studio, climbing walls and much more besides. You can choose from over 60 sports and various types of membership.

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.

Accreditation

Accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS, the Amsterdam School of Economics is part of a select group with a 'Triple Crown'.

Student Reviews

Good education, sometimes abstract lectures
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University of Amsterdam is overall a good university with high quality education. However, depending on the course, lectures given by teachers can by a little abstract and do not always connect with the matter on assignments and tests. However, the matter in the tutorials mostly covers and explains clearly what is needed to work on assignments and do the exams.

Challenging but Rewarding
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Both the university and the study are challenging, but very rewarding. You get to have both personal attention in the form of seminars as well as interact with a large variety of students in the form of lectures. The prestige of the university allows for the students to gain knowledge from some of the best professors in the field, as well as learn from professors that have...

Bad tutoring and lectures
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The university is abusing its rating. Most lectures were prerecorded and of really bad quality. Tutors would constantly ignore students’ questions. You really had to study everything yourself as you could never rely on the help of the teachers.

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