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.
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.