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Universities in Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) was founded in 1880 and is one of the top research universities in the country. VU is comprised of nine faculties with over 50 bachelor's programs and 150 master's programs with hundreds of courses are taught entirely in English. There are over 23,000 students at VU and the student body is made up of about 7% international students. About 25% of VU faculty are also from abroad, creating a diverse and internationally-minded learning environment.

Popular areas of study at VU include:

  • Earth and Life Sciences
  • Behavioral and Human Movement Sciences
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
VU was the first university in the Netherlands to be established without ties to the church or the state. This legacy is maintained as it still operates unconventionally, determining its own areas of research as well as creating unique study programs and specialized pedagogical models. VU encourages a student-centered teaching style where students are given opportunities to develop opinions through creative and critical thinking.

All academic programs are housed at VU's main campus in the Zuid district, Amsterdam's business center. It is a modern, international campus with student housing and other leisure activities on-site. The VU campus is well-connected to public transportation; it is only a fifteen minute train ride to downtown and an eight minute train ride to the Schiphol Airport.