The University of Amsterdam provides excellent course literature, faculty, and a well-structured curriculum for the Media and Information track. However, there is an evident lack of a campus environment. The classes take place in three different buildings and the mid-term exams take place at a building 40 mins away from the city centre by metro. On-campus housing is also unavailable and students have to rely on student housing corporations like Duwo and Dekey. However, even here guaranteed housing is only available for one year and for the rest of the course the students have to find their own accommodation. The closest resemblance to any sort of campus life can be found at Uilenstede which is 35 minutes away from campus and comprised mostly of students that go to the VU. I would recommend using Duwo for the first year and then finding a shared accommodation at Uilenstede. The student associations play a pivotal role in creating an international student atmosphere and I would strongly recommend joining one of them during your first year. You could also apply for positions on the board during the second and final years of your course.View more
I am in my third year of university now and so far it has been going well. Personally, I am a bit skeptical about the Media and Information program. It has been too broad. It feels like every course is different from the other. The program does not give you a hope for a great career. It does not even help you decide on a Master program. The teaching methods are not always good. However, there have been some courses that are really interesting and they allow you to get insights of social media, for example. You learn things that you would not normally be aware of when only using a certain platform.
To be honest, I do not know if I would recommend this program to anyone because I have really mixed feelings about it.
UvA has amazing marketing strategies, but only that. The study is really theoretical since it is a research-based course, but they offer little to no support in finding internships or work after graduation. The course material is very dry and the professors are often cold, distant, and offer little help for students. However, the campus is amazing, it’s easy to have a high GPA if you’re willing to think academically rather than creatively, and the student body is extremely international and mostly friendly.View more
The quality of the students studying is very poor. Most of these students are drug addicts, alcoholics and chain smokers. Many of the students are fake liberals and selfish with the typical ‘I don’t care’ attitude. There is no healthy student life. All these students want are drugs, alcohol, nightclubs and sex.View more
My programme is very good, it taught me how to think and evaluate media-related stuff in a critical way. I am very happy with the variety of courses I attended. Interesting and valuable content, great!View more
The Media and Information programme is very captivating because it combines a profound theoretical framework with many practical exercises. While it focuses on many types of media, students can choose to focus on their preferences. Moreover, students have access to many academical articles and papers and also to many databases that can give them a broader perspective on the world of digital media.View more
Studying at the University of Amsterdam, majoring in Media and Culture, I expected to train as a journalist. It turned out that my specialty focused on films and television, rather than on print journalism and art. This confusion is probably the most common in our specialty. However, it provides a wide range of opportunities for people who want to engage in video creation. As a university that is ranked No. 1 in the world in the field of Media and Communication, I believe that the university should offer more and demand more from students. The workload per week does not exceed 2 full working days. However, I like my specialty, which provides a good basis for development in the media, even if it is not practically focused on the field of journalism.View more