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University of Amsterdam


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Ranked in the top 20 universities in Europe and the top 65 worldwide, the University of Amsterdam (UvA)  stands for boundless curiosity – learning, research and innovation for a better world. Our 39,000 students from over 100 countries study a vast range of subjects from media, psychology and business to artificial intelligence.

We offer one of Europe’s largest selections of English-taught degree programmes, including some that are unique to us. A modern research university with roots going back to 1632, the UvA is set in the heart of a bustling European capital city that you can cycle across in under an hour.

Are you ambitious, independent and open-minded? We welcome individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit who, like us, believe in the power of change. Learn more at

Top 5 reasons to choose the UvA

Ranking and reputation
Study at a university that ranks among Europe’s top 20 and the global top 65 in the QS and Times Higher Education world university rankings 2020. Also ranked best in the world for Communication Science & Media.

Accredited by the Dutch government and the NVAO, the UvA is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

Freedom of choice
Choose from one of the largest selections of international degree programmes of any university in Europe, with nearly 200 programmes taught in English – several unique to the UvA.

Career impact
Gain knowledge, critical thinking skills and a degree that can support your career. We have a Student Careers Centre, a triple-accredited business school and a prime location in a city that’s a global hub.

EU and global connections
Make friends across borders – over 10,000 of our 39,000 students are from outside the Netherlands. Benefit from the UvA’s many connections, including Universitas 21, a global university network.

Prime location
Become a local in this vibrant capital city with a small-scale feel. Amsterdam ranks 11th worldwide in Mercer's 2019 ‘Quality of Living Survey’, 1st in Europe and 4th globally in The Economist’s Safe Cities Index 2019. Many students tell us Amsterdam is ‘the place to be’.

Bachelor's programmes

We offers 20 English-taught Bachelor's programmes.

Master's programmes

Over 200 English-taught Master's programmes are available at the UvA faculties:

Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Law
Faculty Medicine
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Faculty of Dentistry (programme in Dutch only)

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For questions about practical matters on admissions, housing or visas, you can contact the Student Service Desk. If you want to know what it’s like to study at the UvA, feel free to
get in touch with one of our international student ambassadors.

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Explore your options first to find the programme that suits you best. After that, just follow our step-by-step admissions procedure. You can do it all online from where you are. The steps and deadlines differ depending on to the programme you choose.

Key steps for admission to the UvA

Every programme at the University of Amsterdam has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Find out how to apply for a programme by following the step-by step guide in the application and admission section of each programme.

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Student Life

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) reflects the spirit of Amsterdam – it’s a place to be who you are and to discover who you want to become. With the UvA’s very wide range of degree programmes, attracting people from all over the world and from many different disciplines, you can be sure of an exciting and diverse environment. You can enjoy freedom of choice here, exploring the many opportunities that the UvA and the city offer.

Great place to live:
The UvA is located at the heart of Amsterdam, a vibrant, cosmopolitan, capital city with a small-scale feel. The city placed 11th out of 231 cities worldwide in Mercer’s 2019 Quality of Living survey, and 24th in the QS Best Student Cities 2020 ranking . It’s busy enough to be exciting, small enough to feel at home in. Cycle almost everywhere on dedicated bike paths and enjoy concerts, clubs, festivals and cafés in a compact city of less than a million inhabitants. Find your people and become a local in a European city with a global outlook.

One of the world's safest cities

In the Economist’s 2019 Safe Cities Index, Amsterdam placed 4th for safest cities worldwide. It's listed as as the overall safest in Europe. In the pan-European 'International Student Barometer', 96% of students polled felt safe and secure, and 97% said Amsterdam was 'the place to be'.

What's it like to study at the UvA?

Want to find out more about what it is like to be a student at the UvA? Our Bachelor's and Master's student ambassadors share their experiences on our website. Feel free to contact them if you have any questions about student life, living in Amsterdam, our education system or campuses:

Contact our international student ambassadors

Twitter Feed by the University
2 hours ago
Op veel #scholen worden weer #eindtoetsen gehouden, waaronder de #Cito.

Socioloog @thijs_bol noemt dit positief bij @NPORadio1, want het biedt kinderen kans op hoger #schooladvies en geeft middelbare scholen inzicht.
24 hours ago
Maar een paar mensen in Nederland kunnen de gezichten van skeletten reconstrueren. Een daarvan is archeoloog Maja d’Hollosy. Naast haar werk aan de #UvA geeft zij eeuwenoude personen een gezicht. UvA_Amsterdam photo
1 day ago
Wat vinden we mooi aan imperfecties? UvA-onderzoekers Fabienne Rachmadiev ( @fabidanslemetro) en Ellen Rutten ( @ellenrutten) vertelden erover bij @RadioSwammerdam. Beluister het gesprek hier 👇
1 day ago
De UvA is samen met @AmEcBoard @AMS_IX @SURF_onderzoek en deXes gestart met bouw AMdEX: een neutrale, niet-commerciële, digitale infrastructuur, waarop data gecontroleerd en veilig, onder voorwaarden van de eigenaar, kunnen worden gedeeld.
4 days ago
🎧 In de laatste aflevering van de Podcast Bijvangst:
Evolutiebioloog Astrid Groot @IBED_UvA vindt het antwoord op een evolutionair raadsel in haar onderzoek naar seksgeuren bij motten. 👉
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4 days ago
Onderzoekers, onder wie @BaranesJudy @IBED_UvA, doen @ScienceMagazine een oproep om in het Europese databeleid rekening te houden met de rol die weerradars spelen buiten de meteorologie, bijv. bij het monitoren van de vogeltrek:
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