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Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
103
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

From the school:Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880 . The university offers 98 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 78 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies. The university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance, of which about 3000 are international. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World; and Governance for Society. As a student, this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek tangible solutions for a better world.  

In addition, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as a source of innovation and progress, and hence as a special strength.

What are the admissions criteria?

The rolling admission period is from October 1st to April 1st. A high school diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch VWO is required.  For US students, this requires an IB diploma and 4 APs with scores of 3+ or one year of college credits. Applicants from other countries can check the requirements for VWO level equivalency here

Students begin the process on Studielink and then receive information on how to access the university application portal.  Almost all programs (other than the humanities programs and communications) have a math requirement. Business and science programs need AP Calc. Social science-related programs and Law in Society accept AP Calc or AP Stats. Applicants can also choose to take a math entrance exam. For Amsterdam University College—If applying for the Science major, AP Calc is required. For Social Science majors, AP Stats is required.  For Humanities a 600+ math SAT is required.

What is student life like?

There are study associations and student associations at VU.  Study associations are connected to a student's department of study and offer academic and social opportunities. Student associations offer various clubs around sports, the arts, religion, Model UN, and international relations. For under 30 euros a month, students can join the VU Sports Centre.  In addition to fitness facilities, classes are held for toning, aerobics, Zumba, pilates, yoga, boxing, kickboxing, ice skating, spinning, and sports (badminton, basketball, tennis, and volleyball). They are also home to 26 sports clubs.

Scholarships & Funding

Non-EU students can apply for the 5000 euro merit based Holland Scholarship.

Housing options.

The international office provides housing for international students for up to one year, but it is not guaranteed. Generally, if students apply by the deadlines given, they will receive a housing offer.  Rooms are all singles with shared or private baths and range from 350-750 euros per month.  Housing is located less than 5 minutes from campus by bike.

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Additional notes.

Unlike many European schools that have buildings throughout the city, all of the buildings for VU are situated together in a square in southern Amsterdam.  The outdoor courtyard between the buildings is a popular place for students to gather when the weather is nice and is frequented by food trucks.

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