Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam abbreviated as VU, translates into “Free University Amsterdam”. It was founded in 1880 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and it offers its students with a high variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as PhDs in English and Dutch. Show more
Students of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are mentored by top researchers in their academic fields. Every student is encouraged at every opportunity to further their potential with a challenging learning environment.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home some of the brightest minds in the world, and it has distinguished itself as one of the best research and educational universities for the areas of Sustainability, Connected World, Human and life Science and Governance for Society.
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been ranked 7th in the world by Universitas 21. and 101 In the Academic Ranking of the World Universities 2017 (Shanghai Ranking).
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam houses more than 3,300 students from over 80 different nationalities. For this reason, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam represents a wide range of voices. The university helps students find accommodation, apply for scholarships, attend to immigration matters and prepare for international and Dutch labor markets.
Students at The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can enroll in any of the following bachelor programmes:
Students are also encouraged to pursue exchange programs for one or two semesters. The same way, students from other parts of the world can study at The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for one or two semesters and enjoy the lie in Amsterdam.
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I really like studying at the VU. It is a nice and international university with a lot of Bachelors and Masters in a broad range of fields. Courses are given in small groups (max 20 people per working group), so there is a lot of personal contacts. Furthermore, there is a clear schedule of 2 courses at the same time and an exam every 8 weeks. The university is easy to reach by public transport.
A point which can be improved is career guidance; how to choose your minor and Master (and future career path)
Ok university. Great courses and high standards, the library was not great but overall ok. The International office was not always open and that was a bit of a hurdle to solve problems. Ok university. Great courses and high standards, the library was not great but overall ok. The International office was not always open and that was a bit of a hurdle to solve problems.
All faculties are located in the same area which makes it very easy to meet people from other study disciplines.
I did a combination study that worked with a cooperation between the UvA and the VU and although both schools are good I find the UvA more structured.
If you are a med student or a student in social sciences or earth sciences like geology this is a really good school.
VU is a free university in many ways. Professors are quite open, you can discuss with them any matter and be sure that they’ll help you. At the university itself is quite an open environment (although some doors are closed and not for students’ access, like departments where professors are based). You will get to be in an international environment, there are many students from different countries. There are some weird moments due to bureaucracy at the university, but it’s all solvable. And it is free in a matter of research: you can study whatever you want and be sure that you will find a professor who will support your ambitions.
To my opinion, it is better to stay at the student campus at Uilenstede (provided by Duwo): it’s a lovely area, close to the university (7 min by bike) and to the Amsterdamse Bos (aka forest) with lakes and bike roads, and it takes 25-30 min by bike and 20-25 by tram/metro to get to the center of Amsterdam. However, if you don’t get a room there, there are also housings available at the North-West are of Amsterdam. I’ve stayed at Uilenstede and never regretted it even once! You’ll get to live with people from all over the world, there are gym, cinema, supermarkets and cafes in the walking distance, and you can choose whether you want to live alone in a studio apartment, share an flat with another girl, or share a flat with 12 or 14 people, up to you.
You should definitely get a bike (but be cautious and check the tires when buying) and a rain jacket as you arrive (or bring jacket with you) – these are the essentials to survive in Amsterdam 😀
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