The University of Amsterdam, also known with the short name of UvA, is a public University located in Amsterdam, Netherland. It is known as the Universiteit van Amsterdam in Dutch.Show more
The University of Amsterdam was established in 1632, and it is the third-oldest university in The Netherlands. It is one of the largest schools in Europe and the largest one in The Netherlands by enrollment.
The University of Amsterdam has produced six Nobel Laureates and five prime ministers of the Netherlands. Among the more distinguished Nobel Prize winners we can find Frits Zernike, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, and Tobias Asser awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.
The University of Amsterdam main campus is located in central Amsterdam. But it also counts with a few faculties situated in adjacent districts.
The University of Amsterdam is organized into seven faculties:
The UvA is one of the most distinguished universities in Europe as research matters since it counted with over 7,900 scientific publications in 2010.The UvA also actively partners with other institutions as a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas 21.
It has the 58th place in the latest QS ranking of the top world Universities, and it ranks the second place in the subject of Communication and Media studies in a global context.
The number of enrollments for undergraduate studies exceeds the 60%, while the postgraduate studies received a minor interest of the students of this university. Students from all over the world are represented in the UvA’s classrooms. Hundreds of international students are welcomed every semester to study at the UvA facilities. The diverse viewpoints in this global environment stimulate different discussions and new views of studies and research.
In addition to a large number of Dutch-taught programmes, the UvA offers 15 English-taught Bachelor’s programmes and Nearly 200 English-taught Master’s programmes.
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The University of Amsterdam has great professors to teach German and German literature. Since not many Dutch will study German there is only a small group of students each year. Which make the contact between professors and students easy, uncomplicated and personal. It means you will have to participate, because you are not anonymous but even better: it means you will actually learn! The themes of the literature subjects change each year which makes it attractive to take extra courses. The virtual environment ist uncomplicated and up to date. The system works well and is well organised. I especially appreciated that you have one platform to go to and from which you have access to all your data.
I am currently enrolled as a Master student. I would say that the UvA has quality lecturers and is going in the right direction as to continue to improve its learning infrastructures which were starting to get old. Some of the grading or resit rules are difficult to accept…It is also a shame that most interesting and useful events organized (career days, workshops, etc.) often happened during mandatory class times.
The University of Amsterdam is great academically. We have very high-end professor, good material and a great future. The location itself is pretty poor though. Not enough study spaces, the communication is pretty poor and a lot of confusing things going on at Uni. An example is an exam is officially cancelled due to code red 5 minutes after it has started. This just really changes my opinion on an otherwise great university!
I have studied Law at the UvA for 2,5 years now. The uva is a big university (a lot of different buildings and studies) so it’s possible to feel a bit anonymous, especially with studies such as law. In case you don’t like that, the uva offers many extra programs, such as ‘honours’ (I think they called it triple-A now) or ‘the Amsterdam Law Firm.’ These programs offer extra challenges and a chance for some practical experience.
Studying at the University of Amsterdam, Master in Laws (Meester in de Rechten) was a great pleasure. Especially the Intellectual Property Law classes provided by Professors Hugenholtz, Mom and Bostyn of the world-class Institute for Information Law (IViR). The standard of the criminal law and international law classes were also very high. The current Dean, Professor Nollkaemper is an authority in international law.
When I studied there, between 2000 and 2006, the campus was on the Oudemanhuispoort in the heart of the center of Amsterdam. Now, the campus has moved to Roeterseiland in the East part of the center, which is also a great place.
I am a full-time Information Studies: Business Information Systems Master’s student at UvA and so far my experience living, studying and socializing here in Amsterdam has been great. UvA gives you the opportunity to think critically and apply theories with real life cases and this prepares you for life after graduating. Amsterdam is very international so if you are planning to apply and study here, surely you won’t regret it.