the school and program are amazing, with great professors but the administration is a bit all over the place and makes things a bit more difficult for students. Wish there was a bit more support from the administration.View more
The programme is engaging, especially because of small classrooms (15-30 students) and plenty of group work. Lectures are moderately interactive and focus especially on the newest developments and trends in the field. The content of most materials and lectures is rather theoretical, sometimes I feel that we miss the connection to real-life cases. The lecturers try to compensate for this with more practically oriented assignments which increase your engagement with the learning material.
The workload is very manageable and a vibrant campus contributes to a pleasant student life experience.
Note: small classrooms apply to the Public Policy and Governance track, others (especially International Relations) may have larger student populations.
The course offers a fascinating interdisciplinary approach in both politics and law of the European Union. We learn both about the institutions and policies of the EU as well as the politics that go into forming them. While offered significant guidance and help, what particular area we would like to focus on in the EU in our projects is largely open-ended. This really helps us pursing what aspects of the EU we are really interested in and passionate about. We are encouraged and to think critically about many of the taught concepts and not simply learn things by rote.
The course is complemented heavily by great online resources. All the resources and learning materials are offered on canvas and through the library.
Moreover, the course is taught right in the heart of beautiful Amsterdam! But beware that the university offers quite limited accommodation and Amsterdam is going through a tough housing crisis. As a result, I and many others found it very difficult to find housing.View more
Starting with the positive:
Great facilities, there’s plenty of places to eat, socialise and places to study. Everything at least in the R campus, is modern and light, which helps with work.
This isn’t directly related to the school, but living in Amsterdam is an opportunity to grow and become independent.
Unfortunately, I have many negative things to say about UvA. The education is mediocre. I was so excited to go to this university, but I found out rather quickly that classes were rarely motivating and engaging. Passing grades are 5.5, which sounds easy to achieve, but it’s not. The workload is high, with NO FEEDBACK, or help. The mark-schemes don’t make sense, so theres no way to improve, it doesn’t matter how many people you ask for assistance. Really this university is selling international education when it’s not. On top of that, the bachelor’s selection is extremely limited, so in order to change degree, I will now also have to change university. In light of the former, perhaps it is a good thing.
A very good master’s programme, in which the main theme is conflict resolution at all levels. Since conflict at all levels is at times quite broad, the programme can sometimes be a little general. During the programme you especially learn to negotiate, facilitate, and resolve conflicts. I really liked the broad choice in electives, and the ability to conduct research in the field on a topic you choose yourself. Especially during the thesis, you are given quite some time and guidance for writing your research proposal, which really benefits you when you go into the field (for up to seven weeks), and write your thesis. I would definitely recommend this programme to a friend!View more