Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

World-ranking research university

Founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a top research university. It consistently ranks among the world’s best and is placed 165th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2017-18).

With a welcoming atmosphere, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to around 3,000 international students. Here, you’ll apply classroom knowledge to real-life challenges, and develop the independence you need for success. Interactive and research-led teaching will help you to express your ideas and broaden your views.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a modern, campus university based in one of Holland’s fastest-growing business districts. This fast-paced business environment provides huge potential for networking, inspiration and work experience.

You can progress to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam after successfully completing the International Foundation Year at Holland International Study Centre Amsterdam. To find out more, see Progression Degrees.

Location and campus life

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is located in Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. One of the world’s most multicultural cities, Amsterdam is home to more than 180 different nationalities. English is widely spoken, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practise and improve your language skills.

A great place to be a student, Amsterdam is a safe, fun and open-minded city. It is famous for its historic architecture, pretty canals, world-class museums and restaurants.

Located in Amsterdam’s Zudias business district, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an exciting place to study. The University campus is modern and centrally located. It has an excellent library, study spaces and computer rooms, as well as sports facilities, shops and cafes.

International students at the University have the option of furnished or unfurnished student housing on campus. Alternatively, there is private accommodation in Amsterdam. Discover more about student life in Holland.

Why choose Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam?

A world-ranking research university


Valuable industry links with major companies


Open to all cultures, nationalities and religions

Holland International Study Centre student Lara

It was a really easy decision to choose Amsterdam because it’s liberal and it’s fun; the people are open-minded and friendly. There are a lot of students in Amsterdam. It’s easy to make friends here.

Lara from Syria
Progressed to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to study International Business Administration.