I have applied to several EU law Master’s programs in the Netherlands after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in the same subject in the country. I have been accepted to all my chosen universities, so I really weighed my options before deciding to come to UvA. Since all of the unis were comparable in terms of their educational quality, I ended up choosing Uni of Amsterdam due to the location of the campus, the international make-up of the student body and the English-spoken extracurricular associations and activities.
Now I know that I made the best choice possible – the international crowd keeps both the classroom and the social life exciting, the Roeterseiland faculty is easily reached by public transport (and has some lovely, cheap bars for after-class mingling in its vicinity) and the associations are a great addition to my CV!
The classes are divided between lectures (hosted by a roaster of teachers) and small seminars (usually all conducted by the same tutor), so you get to know the teaching staff pretty well by the end of each school period. I really like the fact that assessment is varied and doesn’t just rely on the end-term exams; most classes involve a mix of graded presentations, written assignments, and group work to keep things diverse.
Since I already did EU law in my undergrad, I find most of the content to be an expansion of what I had already studied before. However, the teachers make sure to include current developments in the curricula and to discuss the legal issues in their social and political context, which makes it much more applicable to real-life problems. If you’re a fan of EU politics, it’s genuinely exciting to read some news about European Council meetings and to draw connections between the things the leaders discussed and what you’ve learned in the classroom.
One big downside to the degree is actually more connected to the Uni more broadly, and that is the housing situation in Amsterdam. It is rather difficult to find a decently priced place closer to the centre, but it’s not impossible! You just have to start looking for your apartment in advance. If your place ends up being further away from your campus, make sure that you’re prepared for long-distance biking or that you can reach a bus/tram/metro stop easily.
Other than that, I would wholeheartedly recommend the EU Law degree at UvA to anyone interested in a career in EU affairs or beyond!View more
The complex and complementary combination of various modules from the four disciplines provides a unique level of nuance that encourages critical thinking and reflection in a way that other degrees may not. The politics track in particular is very engaging and holistically introduces several sub-disciplines that are useful for navigating the future direction of one’s studies. Overall, although the courses speed by quite quickly due to (very) limited time constraints – the program is well equipped to produce adept and well-rounded students that can both see and engage with several angles of a given problem.View more
I must say that I have been at this university for no more than 3 months, and my experience may not necessarily reflect that of other students. With that being said, my experience so far has been about everything I have been hoping for (with minor exceptions), which I will break down into several sections.
I will start of with the academic aspect of my experience. Within the broader programme of International and European Law, I am specializing in European Competition LawView more
The Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) programme at the University of Amsterdam is a challenging, but rewarding programme which enables students to pursue more than one discipline. It provides a holistic understanding of social sciences and teaches students how to interpret the socio-economic structures embedded in our society. Through PPLE students improve their interpersonal and organisational skills, which are applicable in any of the four disciplines (and other fields as well!). Aside from the rigorous academics, the programme is very international and gives lots of opportunities to socialise, join engaging clubs and associations and meet people from various cultures. Perhaps one downside of PPLE is that it limits the extent to which you can focus on a chosen discipline because even after choosing your specialisation you’ll have to learn all four disciplines. So, when applying, really consider whether you’re interested in all four areas of study or if you’d prefer to study only one!View more
I’m very happy with my program. It is really refreshing to have a programme that is interdisciplinary but still allows you to go into depth. The only thing I wish was that we could study abroad more easily / do a minor more easily because now you are risking a study delay.View more
It’s a great place to study, the people around are friendly and helpful. I definitely feel safe and supported studying here. If you are looking to delve into academia while enjoying your life abroad, then come!View more
I like the interdisciplinary aspect and the fact that everything is interconnected. Most of the courses are well designed and most tutors and lecturers are amazing. The university itself is located in a beautiful place.View more
UvA boasts a great campus and good instructors. The students are motivated and together create a cooperative learning environment where they are encouraged not just to pursue their academic and professional interests but to network amongst each other, also. As Amsterdam is a very international city, UvA is a very international school and it can happen that in a class of fifteen people, you will have fifteen different nationalities. The study program PPLE, while competitive, seems to provide students with many bases from which they can advance their post-university lives.View more
Overall the program is pretty small scale, which makes it targeted towards individuals. Tutorial groups are small and it’s easy to get to know your peers and teacher; this also creates a comfortable environment to study in. The course material is rather diverse and tailored every year which helps it stay up to date. The program expects you to put in extra hours, and as long as you do that, you will manage to keep up with the material. The organization, however, may be improved. More attention could be paid to students’ individual issues and how those are reflected in the study; better course coordination.View more
The programme is well-rounded and has a lot to offer. It deals with different issues controversial and otherwise, and teaches a lot about analytical thinking. However, the workload can feel excessive at times.View more