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.
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.
From study places to borrowing and publishing your thesis, the Library takes care of you.
As a UvA student, you have access to the UvA’s wireless network at various UvA buildings and in lecture and study rooms.
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.
The UvA has four campuses located across Amsterdam. Some classes are in quaint old buildings overlooking the canals, others in high-tech laboratories.
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.
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.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
I truly love the city of Amsterdam. The university, the people, the vibes are amazing: open to the world and enjoying true happiness. I felt welcome from moment one. The international students organisation and its introductory days made it super easy to meet many many people that have become my friends here. The university is great. The professors and docents love...
In your first year you get familiar with European History, European Literature and Culture, Easter European studies and European Economics, Politics and Law. You learn how to write and conduct substantial academic research. In your second year you choose your major. I chose European History and combined this with a minor in American Studies and the mandatory Philosophy...
Pretty intense and strict but also had a lot of free time to develop hobbies and new habits.