Five reasons to study at VU Amsterdam

VU's sign outside the university.

There are many reasons why Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular destinations. Its combination of the modern and the historic, and its liberal and easy lifestyle, make it a great place to live and visit. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) is a leading university, ranked in the top 200 worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018). Founded in 1880, it has a top reputation for its teaching and research, as well as being known for its campus culture. The University’s name translates as ‘Free University’, and the independent spirit it was founded on is still evident today.

Career opportunities

Studying here, you will get real insight into the world of business. VU Amsterdam is located in the heart of the business district, Zuidas. This means there are lots of opportunities for networking and work experience. Amsterdam is home to headquarters from multiple global companies, and they often recruit VU Amsterdam graduates.

Great teaching

Student-centred teaching is key at VU Amsterdam, as part of its culture of mutual respect and collaboration. Creative thinking is encouraged, and students can share opinions and have open discussions in class. Social engagement has always been central to the University’s philosophy, and its own style of research reflects this too.

Lively campus

VU Amsterdam is fun place to live and study. Its urban campus has a unique atmosphere, due to its location in the centre of Amsterdam. Everything you need is easily accessible; the modern facilities include study spaces, shops and cafes, a sports centre and a range of on-campus accommodation. It is a sustainable campus, designed to minimise environmental impact, and there are always projects for students to get involved in.

International community

The University prides itself on its welcoming nature, and a quarter of students on its English-speaking programmes are from other countries. There are 3,000 international students at the University, mirroring the multicultural society of Holland. There are lots of opportunities to meet people with similar interests, at one of VU Amsterdam’s many clubs and organisations.

Capital city life

Amsterdam is a relaxed and safe city, with loads to see and do. Take a trip down the canals, or rent a bike and go exploring. You can visit world-famous museums and art galleries or relax in one of Amsterdam’s many beautiful parks. It’s a good place to live if you would like to improve your English, as the majority of Amsterdam’s residents speak it fluently.

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