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Locations: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Delivery Type: Blended, On Campus, Online
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About The University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam, also known as UvA, is a public university located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is known as the Universiteit van Amsterdam in Dutch.Show more

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1. What documents are required to apply to University of Amsterdam - UvA?

If you want to apply to the University of Amsterdam, you will need:

  • Certified copy of your diploma
  • Final transcript of grades
  • English language proficiency test certificate
2. Is University of Amsterdam - UvA good?

Absolutely yes! University of Amsterdam has a good rating, based on student reviews on EDUopinions. Moreover, it is located in a great place to live – in a vibrant, cosmopolitan, capital city with a small-scale fee.

3. When is the application deadline for University of Amsterdam - UvA?

The application period at the University of Amsterdam is approximately from April 1st to April 15th for the first semester (fall) or the entire year and from September 15th to October 1st for the second semester (spring).

4. How much is tuition at University of Amsterdam - UvA?

Tuition varies depending on the faculty you choose, e.g. in the Faculty of Economics and Business tuition fee is for:

  • EU students: from €7,216 to €14,616 per year
  • Non-EU students: from €8,366 to €16,006 per year
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  1. Choose a degree programme that interests you

2. Check the entry requirements and deadlines for the programme you choose 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

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  • Communication Sciences
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    Lack of understanding and communication problems

    The University of Amsterdam has huge problems. Because I had covid I could not come to a class 2 times and I was excluded from the course. They don’t take the student into account in any way. From the students there should be a lot of understanding for all kinds of problems that the University has. They have a huge communication problem, teachers who suddenly don’t show up, lectures that are cancelled last minute and total lack of understanding towards students. But when the student himself needs to be helped personally once and has a problem, there is no understanding at all.

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    Programme: Communication Sciences
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2023
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • Economics and ...
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    Good for sparking an interest/cheap for EEA

    The program is good for people who want to get deep into economic theory and learn how it works even to a quantitative level. It is a difficult program to do well in part because of how quantitatively demanding it is (math1/econometrics will make you suffer), but also because in my opinion there is such little class/professor time that you will certainly find it difficult to prepare for your final exams – the profs are great for the most part but it feels like I only paid for their trial versions. Most exams in this course feel like you are never prepared for them, always throwing ridiculous questions way outside the scope of the material, it’s almost impossible to get an 8.5-10. About 1/3 of my class relied on outside sources (exam prep companies) to actually get decent grades in our course. If you tried to pass Econometrics just by going to all the lectures and tutorials, you can expect a 2-3/10 without the use of these companies. It’s expensive and a little silly from a top uni in my opinion. Also if you are from Italy, Greece, Portugal, or Spain get ready to be blamed for the financial crisis… so much explicit material is made out to slander these countries, especially in the IMF module. Also if you are an international student, don’t expect to make friends with the Dutch people in the course, they mostly stick to their own groups and hardly want to socialize in English in my experience. That said, the international body is great and very inviting, again just my exp. The course is cheap which is a plus but accommodation in Amsterdam is mega expensive, and so are the costs of living. Overall the course is thought-provoking and challenging which is fantastic but it just feels so held back by its poor structure, sparse teaching and ridiculous self-study expectations (you must remember every word of every lecture verbatim for a 8-9), and pretty poor international experience.

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    Programme: Economics and Business Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • liberal arts ...
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    Focus on interdisciplinary

    We live in a time and world where critical thinking and interdisciplinarity are key to tackling wicked problems. The Liberal Arts and Science program at Amsterdam University College (AUC) truly focuses on exactly these aspects and encourages students to think outside the box. I loved how I was able to build my own curriculum, combining Environmental Sciences and Journalism, and how teaching was done in small classes rather than in massive lecture halls. The way courses at AUC are structured gives space for class discussions, personal feedback on written assignments, and presentations. Grades are not solely based on final exams but also on research papers, presentations, etc. In comparison to fellow students at larger universities, I left university feeling really prepared for scientific research and writing – because I had done it so much and received such extensive feedback! So overall my experience at AUC was excellent.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the freedom to (more or less) build your own curriculum also gives you the responsibility to make smart choices about the courses you take. While every student has a tutor to support them in their choices, some students still seem to get lost in between the tracks and end up with no real major, which might make it difficult to get into a Master’s degree later on. Speaking of: if you know exactly that you want to pursue a Master’s in psychology or medicine or law, you will have to complete a pre-master semester after your Bachelor’s degree at AUC, because the interdisciplinary nature of the program does not allow you to get sufficient credits in a specific subject or to dive deep enough into your topic of interest. So that is something to be mindful of.

    In terms of student life, AUC asks all its students to live in the dorms on campus. This is good to encourage a tight-knit student body and there are loads of events going on (shared dinners, music nights, etc.), but it can be pretty intense. Students refer to our campus as “the bubble”, because well, it is a bubble and it’s quite hard to escape it at times. There is a lot more freedom in finding your own shared apartment and having a life outside of campus. Then again, finding student housing in Amsterdam is terribly difficult, so in retrospect, it was quite helpful to live in the dorms.

    AUC attracts a very international and liberal student body. About 50 per cent of all students are from all over the world which I loved! However, while AUC’s slogan is “Excellence and Diversity in a Global City”, there is not enough financial support for true diversity, so classrooms are still predominantly filled with white, privileged people to be honest.

    Overall, I am so glad I went to university at AUC! Yes, the program has its downsides with a few organizational issues regarding your course curriculum, but mostly it gives you a lot of opportunities to explore different subjects and also take courses at other universities! It is really up to you what you make of it – I ended up focusing on marine biology by taking a lot of courses at the other universities in Amsterdam and during a semester abroad in Australia.

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    Programme: liberal arts & sciences
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • European Studies
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    Excellent flexibility in this MA program

    I am lucky enough to study the MA in European Studies (Identity and Integration track) at the University of Amsterdam. I especially like and appreciate the flexibility of this master’s program, as I am able to combine the study of different historical periods, as opposed to simply focusing my studies on one particular period. Although I am obviously focusing on European topics, there is also the possibility to add some American-based topics as well, such as contemporary American history. I overall thoroughly enjoy this program and am especially grateful to the course coordinator, who has very kindly helped me a number of times throughout the past academic year.

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    Programme: European Studies
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • Sociology
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    Bachelor of Sociology

    I’m in the first year of this three-year bachelor and so far it has been manageable. The workload can sometimes be intense with weekly readings, reading questions and other assignments. The course is organised into tutorials and lectures. In tutorials, discussions related to the readings and/or the lecture content are encouraged and tutorial teachers emphasise the importance of active learning (application and discussion-based) over passive learning (memory-based). So far, all of my tutorial teachers have been experienced, knowledgeable, kind and understanding.

    The University of Amsterdam has a fairly international environment. The Bachelor of Sociology can be done in both English and Dutch so there are both international students and local students.

    My favourite thing about this university is the fact that it is a city campus…therefore you get to explore the city while going to classes.

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    Programme: Sociology
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • Politics, Psychology, ...
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    PPLE

    PPLE is an interdisciplinary program (consisting of politics, psychology, law and economics). Studying PPLE, I believe, is extremely beneficial in terms of further understanding society. The combination of these 4 disciplines allows one to see the world from so many different perspectives that are all somehow interlinked into one society. Yes, it is an intense course, but definitely beneficial and one that helps you see things differently. It opens different doors and pathways and can also vary depending on what one chooses to major in. I do recommend PPLE at UvA to any individual that is interested or passionate about any of the 4 disciplines and is willing to put in a good amount of effort and work. It can be quite a challenging course but UvA is extremely diverse when it comes to the type of people you will meet and interact with, so one can definitely find a person or persons that would make it all the better. All in all, I believe it is a great course with great opportunities but just like any course, one would only enjoy it if they enjoy what the course has to offer.

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    Programme: Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • Politics, Psychology, ...
    Law, and Economics
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    PPLE review

    It’s a relatively novel programme which is why they’re often looking to improve. They describe it as small scale and intensive which it is. It has more international students than Dutch students and is fully taught in English. I have enjoyed the mix of the four disciplines and you get to choose your major in the second year for more of a focus. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying however I do have to say that they don’t fully promote critical thinking and oftentimes it feels as though you have to cater your essays to whoever is grading them in order to get a good grade. Furthermore, it can be too intense at times which is not ideal because a huge part of learning is being able to go back and review previous topics however most of the time it feels like you are just running after the next book chapter and once the exam is done you won’t remember anything. Regardless, it’s nice that it’s small as you know everyone and there’s a bit of a sense of community.
    If you are thinking of studying it, make sure you wouldn’t rather study one of the disciplines separately (e.g. If you want to be a psychologist, go for a bachelors in psychology rather than pple but if you’re looking for an interdisciplinary study PPLE is for you!)

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    Programme: Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2023
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • Business Administration
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    Innovative Learning

    I’m currently studying a bachelor’s in Business Administration at UVA, and thus far, it has, overall, been a great experience. The freedom and leeway we get per week with regards to our work and study schedule is refreshing and allows the students to form their own routine, find what works for them and what doesn’t. More so, the classes are updated each year, with added information parallel to the changing circumstances in the world, which makes each class interesting. One thing I would change, however, is the exam structures and dates, as I feel as though the exams don’t accurately represent the amount of work and studying that went into it, and hence many people are often disappointed with their grades. Nonetheless, complaints have been made and some changes have come about. Overall, I love my program.

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    Programme: Business Administration
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • Communication Sciences
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    Communications Science - UvA

    This is a great course if you are interested in media and the process behind communication within it. It is quite a light course in terms of the intensity of the coursework covered.
    The Roeterisland campus is in the heart of Amsterdam and accessible from any side of Amsterdam. During the first year, you average about 2 lectures and 2 tutorial classes a week alongside weekly homework and assignments. The lecturers in the course are very young and enthusiastic while also having great know how on the subject. This is a great way to meet people from all over the world as this course runs alongside the Dutch track of comm science, so you will be put in with international students.

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    Programme: Communication Sciences
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • Communication Sciences
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    Life at UvA

    The programme offers a good balance between collaborative work such as group projects and also individual work like assignments and homework. It’s a very relevant course in today’s society as it explores today’s world of online community.
    There is a very young group of professors who are very well educated and teach with great motivation and can relate to the students.
    The Roeterseiland Campus is a modern campus that has state of the art facilities and is in a very central location.
    Overall I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in getting a job related to the online world.

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    Programme: Communication Sciences
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: Blended
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