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University of Amsterdam

  • 77 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 50 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 83 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 58 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 55 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 58 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 58 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam also known as UvA is a public research university located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Founded in 1632 as the Athenaeum Illustre by the scholars Gerardus Vossius and Caspar Barlaeus, it is the third-oldest university in the Netherlands. The UvA is one of Europe's largest research universities. It is the largest university in the Netherlands by enrollment and has the second-largest university endowment in the country. The campus of the UvA is located primarily in the City Centre of Amsterdam, with a few faculties located in adjacent bouroghs. The school lies within the largest megalopolis in the Netherlands, the Randstad, with a population of 7.2 million inhabitants

There are seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Economics and Business, Science, Law, Medicine, and Dentistry. The university offers 59 Bachelor's programs, 133 Master's programs, and 10 postgraduate programs. In addition, the university has developed a strong internationalization program and offers over 58 Master programs taught in English, as well as a number of Dutch and English language courses. Through international collaboration with other universities, the UvA offers exchange options with 200 universities in Europe and 40 institutions outside of Europe and enrolls over 2,500 international students and researchers.

Campus information

As a metropolitan institution, the University of Amsterdam has always been housed in old and new buildings scattered throughout the capital. Because the UvA is not a separate, secluded campus, students and native Amsterdamers readily mix, which allows Amsterdam to maintain close cultural and academic ties to the school. The majority of the UvA's buildings lie in the heart of Amsterdam, with only the faculties of Science, Medicine and Dentistry located outside the City Centre. The university lies within the largest megalopolis in the Netherlands, the Randstad, with a population 7.2 million inhabitants.


The Amsterdam University Library has an impressive stock of over four million volumes, and special collections of rare manuscripts, letters and maps. The collection is free for all university staff and students, and spread across 20 locations and a large book depot.

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the city of Amsterdam are closely intertwined. The city is an obvious and ideal environment for the UvA: ‘the city is our campus’.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 4 Law 2 Mass Communication & Media 2


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