University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Public

University of Amsterdam

, Netherlands

Public

Fall and Spring

Intakes

4.3%

Acceptance Rate

7:1

Student: Teacher Ratio

57:43

Female: Male Ratio

Fall and Spring

Intakes

4.3%

Acceptance Rate

7:1

Student: Teacher Ratio

57:43

Female: Male Ratio

History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) dates back to 1632, the year it was founded as the Athenaeum Illustre of Amsterdam and formally opened by Gerardus Vossius with his inaugural lecture, "On the Usefulness of History." From its small beginnings with only a dozen students attending lectures in a former chapel area and to being elevated to the status of a University in 1815, today, after nearly four centuries since its establishment, UvA has grown to become a University with a leading international reputation, particularly for the Sciences. The University is progressive, creative, intellectual and international, like the city of Amsterdam itself. A top 100 world university, the University of Amsterdam is affiliated with the League of European Research Universities (LERU), Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), European Universities Association (EUA) and Universitas 21. The University ranks at #65 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and #2 in the Netherlands, #55 according to QS World University Rankings and #38 as per US News and World Report Best Global Universities for the year 2022. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The main campus of the University of Amsterdam in the University Quarter constitutes the intellectual heart of the city of Amsterdam and is the location of the Faculty of Humanities. There are other university locations, namely the Roeterseiland Campus which has the faculties of Economics and Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Law, the Amsterdam Science Park, which is the largest Science campus in Europe and is the center for research innovation and entrepreneurship and the Amsterdam UMC, the medical campus featuring the University's teaching hospitals. Classes are typically taught either in quaint and old historic buildings dating back to the 17th century or in modern high-technology laboratories. Unlike common university campuses, the campus of UvA is not walled and so, it sits in the center of Amsterdam and the hustle-bustle of the city penetrates the university as well. Across the various Faculties, the University of Amsterdam offers 20 Bachelor's programs and 150 Master's programs taught in English. Students can tailor their Bachelor's degrees with a selection of 70+ Minors and Honors programs (including Dutch-taught courses). Further, a student at UvA can pursue an Executive Master's or MBA, summer or winter courses, spend an exchange semester at the University or enroll in one of the several open programs offered on the campus. PhD programs in 10 subject areas are also offered at the University of Amsterdam. 

Accomplishments and Alumni

The University of Amsterdam is one of the top 100 universities worldwide, among the top 10 in Europe and #2 in the Netherlands. Known for its research intensity, international outlook and innovation, the University is a research powerhouse, particularly in the fields of Science and Medicine. Recently, two Professors at the University of Amsterdam - Han van der Maas and Amade M'charek were awarded the prestigious Advanced Grants by the European Research Council (ERC) amount to nearly $2 million per project. Further, in 2021 the faculty at the University produced over 10,900+ academic publications across departments. The University of Amsterdam has a global network of graduates with a wealth of experience and expertise, who form a close-knit community called the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV). Currently, it has 9,100+ registered members, who continue to stay in touch with the University, the Professors and the students and often offer mentorship support to them. Some of the notable alumni of the University of Amsterdam include - Khadija Arib (Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands), Lodewijk Asscher (Former Mayor of Amsterdam), Anna Júlia Donáth (Member of the European Parliament), Sutan Sjahrir (Former Prime Minister of Indonesia), Dionne Stax (Dutch Journalist), Theo van Gogh (Dutch Director) and others. 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The University of Amsterdam has a student population of 41,200+ out of which, 26,800+ are enrolled in undergraduate studies while 14,300+ are enrolled in postgraduate programs at the University. 5,100+ international students, representing more than 100 nationalities, study full-time on the campus and constitute around 12% of the overall student body, while nearly half of the total number of students are women. The University of Amsterdam is internationally oriented and has a culturally diverse atmosphere. Further, an extensive network of partner universities and faculties around the world facilitates student and staff exchanges at the UvA. Within Europe, UvA has Socrates/Erasmus exchange agreements with over 200 institutions. Outside Europe, it has close ties with approximately 40 universities on all continents. This not only allows students to achieve a global mindset, but also fosters multicultural interactions on the campus. City of Amsterdam, Deloitte, Rabobank, ING, EY, Adyen and other companies recruit graduates from the University of Amsterdam. 

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History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) dates back to 1632, the year it was founded as the Athenaeum Illustre of Amsterdam and formally opened by Gerardus Vossius with his inaugural lecture, "On the Usefulness of History." From its small beginnings with only a dozen students attending lectures in a former chapel area and to being elevated to the status of a University in 1815, today, after nearly four centuries since its establishment, UvA has grown to become a University with a leading international reputation, particularly for the Sciences. The University is progressive, creative, intellectual and international, like the city of Amsterdam itself. A top 100 world university, the University of Amsterdam is affiliated with the League of European Research Universities (LERU), Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), European Universities Association (EUA) and Universitas 21. The University ranks at #65 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and #2 in the Netherlands, #55 according to QS World University Rankings and #38 as per US News and World Report Best Global Universities for the year 2022. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The main campus of the University of Amsterdam in the University Quarter constitutes the intellectual heart of the city of Amsterdam and is the location of the Faculty of Humanities. There are other university locations, namely the Roeterseiland Campus which has the faculties of Economics and Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Law, the Amsterdam Science Park, which is the largest Science campus in Europe and is the center for research innovation and entrepreneurship and the Amsterdam UMC, the medical campus featuring the University's teaching hospitals. Classes are typically taught either in quaint and old historic buildings dating back to the 17th century or in modern high-technology laboratories. Unlike common university campuses, the campus of UvA is not walled and so, it sits in the center of Amsterdam and the hustle-bustle of the city penetrates the university as well. Across the various Faculties, the University of Amsterdam offers 20 Bachelor's programs and 150 Master's programs taught in English. Students can tailor their Bachelor's degrees with a selection of 70+ Minors and Honors programs (including Dutch-taught courses). Further, a student at UvA can pursue an Executive Master's or MBA, summer or winter courses, spend an exchange semester at the University or enroll in one of the several open programs offered on the campus. PhD programs in 10 subject areas are also offered at the University of Amsterdam. 

Accomplishments and Alumni

The University of Amsterdam is one of the top 100 universities worldwide, among the top 10 in Europe and #2 in the Netherlands. Known for its research intensity, international outlook and innovation, the University is a research powerhouse, particularly in the fields of Science and Medicine. Recently, two Professors at the University of Amsterdam - Han van der Maas and Amade M'charek were awarded the prestigious Advanced Grants by the European Research Council (ERC) amount to nearly $2 million per project. Further, in 2021 the faculty at the University produced over 10,900+ academic publications across departments. The University of Amsterdam has a global network of graduates with a wealth of experience and expertise, who form a close-knit community called the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV). Currently, it has 9,100+ registered members, who continue to stay in touch with the University, the Professors and the students and often offer mentorship support to them. Some of the notable alumni of the University of Amsterdam include - Khadija Arib (Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands), Lodewijk Asscher (Former Mayor of Amsterdam), Anna Júlia Donáth (Member of the European Parliament), Sutan Sjahrir (Former Prime Minister of Indonesia), Dionne Stax (Dutch Journalist), Theo van Gogh (Dutch Director) and others. 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The University of Amsterdam has a student population of 41,200+ out of which, 26,800+ are enrolled in undergraduate studies while 14,300+ are enrolled in postgraduate programs at the University. 5,100+ international students, representing more than 100 nationalities, study full-time on the campus and constitute around 12% of the overall student body, while nearly half of the total number of students are women. The University of Amsterdam is internationally oriented and has a culturally diverse atmosphere. Further, an extensive network of partner universities and faculties around the world facilitates student and staff exchanges at the UvA. Within Europe, UvA has Socrates/Erasmus exchange agreements with over 200 institutions. Outside Europe, it has close ties with approximately 40 universities on all continents. This not only allows students to achieve a global mindset, but also fosters multicultural interactions on the campus. City of Amsterdam, Deloitte, Rabobank, ING, EY, Adyen and other companies recruit graduates from the University of Amsterdam. 

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International Students %

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QS

Quacquarelli Symonds (Q.S.) is a corporation based in the United Kingdom that specialises in the analysis of higher education institutions worldwide. Nunzio Quacquarelli launched the company in 1990. It publishes the Q.S. World University Rankings every year. The Q.S. rating, which is considered one of the three most widely read university rankings globally, is approved by the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG). The institution uses six metrics, namely Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per faculty, International Faculty Ratio and International Student Ratio, that effectively capture university performance. It also publishes rankings in Young universities, Graduate Employability, and Subject Rankings. Q.S. provides an auditing service to universities, which offers information on the institution's strengths and shortcomings. The Q.S. Stars audit procedure rates universities based on over 50 different indicators.

THE

The Times Higher Education, originally The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), is a British magazine that focuses on higher education news and topics. It annually publishes The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It has received worldwide acclaim for its new and improved rating algorithm. Since 2004, it has provided students and their families, academics, university executives, governments, and businesses with reliable university performance data. The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry income (knowledge transfer). It also produces subject rankings and rankings for Young Universities, Impact, Reputation, And Emerging Economies.

Guardian

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper that first appeared in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian and was renamed The Guardian in 1959. The Guardian University Guide is published once a year. The goal of the University Guide is to show how each university's department is likely to provide an overall beneficial experience to future students, and to do so; they look at how previous students in the department fared. A league table was created using nine performance criteria for 54 disciplines spanning all stages of the student life cycle. Entry standards, Student-staff ratios, Expenditure per student, Continuation, Student satisfaction, Value Added, Standardisation, Subject Classification, and Career Prospects are the indicators utilised by the organisation.

USN

U.S. News & World Report is American news, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis publication. It began in 1948 as a merger of the weekly newspaper U.S. News and the worldwide weekly magazine World Report. The company's rankings of Best Global universities are well-known among the wider population and significantly impact admission trends. The inaugural "America's Best Colleges" report was released by the U.S. News & World Report in 1983. Since 1985, the rankings have been produced and published annually. The magazine U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on data collected from educational institutions through an annual survey, government and third-party data sources, and school websites. It also takes into account outside opinion polls of university faculty and administrators.

Rankings

55

Global Ranking

QS-2021

66

Global Ranking

Times-2021

65

Global Ranking

Times-2022

55

Global Ranking

QS-2022

38

Global Ranking

USN-2022

101-150

Global Ranking

Shanghai-2021

55

Global Ranking

QS-2021

66

Global Ranking

Times-2021

65

Global Ranking

Times-2022

55

Global Ranking

QS-2022

38

Global Ranking

USN-2022

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Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding students from outside the EU/EEA.

Eligibility

Students who hold a non-EU/EEA passport and have excellent academic results (for example 90-100% / A-A+).

Applicability

Applications should be submitted to the Admissions Offices of the Graduate Schools.

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding students from outside the EU/EEA.

Eligibility

Students who hold a non-EU/EEA passport and have excellent academic results (for example 90-100% / A-A+).

Applicability

Applications should be submitted to the Admissions Offices of the Graduate Schools.

It is offered to students who excel in their chosen field and wish to study abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants who want to pursue a full-time master’s, MPhil, or doctorate program.

Applicability

Applicants can apply for the scholarship through an online application available on the official website.

It is offered to students who excel in their chosen field and wish to study abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants who want to pursue a full-time master’s, MPhil, or doctorate program.

Applicability

Applicants can apply for the scholarship through an online application available on the official website.

This scholarship is a one-time loan scholarship program, is designed for Indian students beginning higher education in an international university.

Eligibility

The applicant must be an Indian citizen and have 60% in their undergraduate studies.

Applicability

An online application must be submitted.

This scholarship is a one-time loan scholarship program, is designed for Indian students beginning higher education in an international university.

Eligibility

The applicant must be an Indian citizen and have 60% in their undergraduate studies.

Applicability

An online application must be submitted.

This scholarship gives the bright students in India a chance to pursue higher studies in the Netherlands.

Eligibility

Indian nationals not currently employed or studying in the Netherlands and currently applying or already enrolled in one of the premier universities in the Netherlands Orange Tulip Scholarship participants.

Applicability

An online application must be submitted.

This scholarship gives the bright students in India a chance to pursue higher studies in the Netherlands.

Eligibility

Indian nationals not currently employed or studying in the Netherlands and currently applying or already enrolled in one of the premier universities in the Netherlands Orange Tulip Scholarship participants.

Applicability

An online application must be submitted.

This scholarship is one of the two programs offered under the World Bank Scholarship programs.

Eligibility

Applicant must be a national of a World Bank member of developing country, not hold dual citizenship of any developed country and must hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree.

Applicability

Applicant must be a national of a World Bank member of developing country, not hold dual citizenship of any developed country and must hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree.

This scholarship is one of the two programs offered under the World Bank Scholarship programs.

Eligibility

Applicant must be a national of a World Bank member of developing country, not hold dual citizenship of any developed country and must hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree.

Applicability

Applicant must be a national of a World Bank member of developing country, not hold dual citizenship of any developed country and must hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree.

Application Process

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FAQs

Not entirely, but the UvA offers 20 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and has one of the largest selections of international Master's study programmes of any university in Europe. This includes nearly 200 taught in English and several entirely unique to the UvA.
Not entirely, but the UvA offers 20 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and has one of the largest selections of international Master's study programmes of any university in Europe. This includes nearly 200 taught in English and several entirely unique to the UvA.
There are about 5,000 international students at UvA at present.
There are about 5,000 international students at UvA at present.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is consistently ranked among the world's best universities in global rankings. It is a top 100 university in the THE Rankings, QS Rankings and Leiden Ranking.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is consistently ranked among the world's best universities in global rankings. It is a top 100 university in the THE Rankings, QS Rankings and Leiden Ranking.
Yes, Amsterdam is a safe city to visit. In the last Safe City Index (2019), Amsterdam ranked fourth position in the list of safest cities in the world.
Yes, Amsterdam is a safe city to visit. In the last Safe City Index (2019), Amsterdam ranked fourth position in the list of safest cities in the world.
Amsterdam is a great location to start your studies and career. Students in Amsterdam benefit from access to large international and Dutch companies such as Philips, ING and Heineken, as well as many academic and cultural organizations.
Amsterdam is a great location to start your studies and career. Students in Amsterdam benefit from access to large international and Dutch companies such as Philips, ING and Heineken, as well as many academic and cultural organizations.

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