University of Amsterdam

3.9 out of 5 (243 ratings / 217 reviews) Amsterdam, Netherlands
The University of Amsterdam is ambitious, creative and committed: a leader in international science and a partner in innovation, the UvA has been inspiring generations since 1632. 

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (72)
Business & Management (52)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)

About

History

On 8 January 1632, Gerardus Vossius opened the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam, with his inaugural lecture ‘De historiae utilitate’ (On the usefulness of history). The next day, Caspar Barlaeus gave his famous lecture on the wise merchant, ‘Mercator Sapiens’. 

Education

Explore the University of Amsterdam (UvA) – a leading European university reflecting the innovative and international culture of Amsterdam. Choose from 200+ degree programmes.

Research

Research is at the heart of what we do. Nearly 3,000 researchers carry out experimental and theoretical research, and every UVA student has the chance to carry out research themselves.

Career

Services are available to all UvA students from all degree programmes. Our broad outlook and expertise allows you to examine which degree programme and career is right for you.

Key subjects include:

  • Study choice or switching degree programmes
  • Choosing a Master’s
  • CV checks
  • Cover letter checks
  • Insight into your qualities, interests and motivation
  • Interview practice
  • Getting more out of LinkedIn
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exploring the job market

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
55 6
2021
61 3
2020
64
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
65 1
2021
66 -4
2020
62
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
101
2020
101
2019
101
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
40
2020
40
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

  • The student assessor takes part in deliberations on centrally executed policy at the UvA, with a focus on teaching and student-related matters. The student assessor attends meetings of the Executive Board and advises the Executive Board, and contributes points for discussion to the administrative agenda. 
  • The student assessor liaises closely with students inside and outside of the representative advisory bodies, acting as a link between management and the student community.

Library services

The University Library is located in a number of buildings all over Amsterdam. Apart from the central University Library (UB) on the Singel there are individual faculty libraries, and together they hold around four million volumes and a large collection of manuscripts.

Student Life

Campus life

The UvA has four campuses located across Amsterdam. Some classes are in quaint old buildings overlooking the canals, others in high-tech laboratories.

Roeterseiland Campus

  • Three faculties are housed at the Roeterseiland Campus: Economics and Business, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Law. CREA, the student cultural organisation, is also located here.

Campus development

  • The UvA is working to consolidate its teaching and research activities within four campuses. At one time, we had about 85 different buildings scattered across Amsterdam. Many buildings didn't meet modern-day standards for teaching and research, and there weren't enough common areas to facilitate collaboration between disciplines. 

Sports facilities

  • There's no end to the opportunities to engage in sports in Amsterdam, but the cheapest place for students and staff of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) to do so is at the USC. There are also all sorts of student sports clubs you can join. The UvA also has a scheme for top-class athletes.
  • The UvA student sports centre is open seven days a week and is based in six locations spread across the city and located close to other UvA buildings and facilities wherever possible. There are four gyms, outdoor tennis courts, a yoga studio, climbing walls and much more besides. You can choose from over 60 sports and various types of membership.

Student clubs

Amsterdam has a thriving student community with various student associations. There are plenty of associations and activities for students to participate in alongside their studies.

Accreditation

The Amsterdam School of Economics is part of a select group with a 'Triple Crown', accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. Worldwide, only 1% of all business schools/faculties with business programmes (approximately 14,000) have managed to achieve this prestigious status.

Student Reviews

UvA
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The study programme is very diverse and gave me a broad overview of the subject that I decided to study. The professors are experts in their field and the international environment added a lot of positive experiences to my time at UvA. The classes are very competitive and develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Run away from UvA Linguistics
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

Xenophobic, cold, take all the credits when the students are the reason why the uni works since we have more self-studies than classes and the prof don't take much questions nor have time because they are working on other projects

good uni for people looking for a challenge
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It’s been quite a ride. The university is great. With super nice and welcoming lecturers, a super international surrounding and many very new study spaces the uni creates an overall nice learning environment. But it’s not suiting for anyone that’s not up for a challenge. Uva is super demanding and expects you to do lots of your study by yourself. Especially in comm sci,...

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