Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

World-ranking research university

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

VU Amsterdam is welcoming to everyone and is home to around 3,000 international students. 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.

Urban campus in Amsterdam's business district

VU Amsterdam is a modern, campus university based in one of Holland’s fastest-growing business districts, Zuidas. This fast-paced business environment provides huge potential for networking, inspiration and work experience. More than 700 companies are based in Zuidas, including Google, Mitsubishi, Boeing and Niko. 

Your pathway to the VU Amsterdam

You can progress to VU Amsterdam after successfully completing your programme at the International Study Centre:

Living in Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is located in Amsterdam, the capital city of the Holland. 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. 

Discover more about life in Amsterdam.

Travelling around Amsterdam is simple and convenient. The tram service is a frequent and reliable way to travel across the city. There is also an extensive bus and metro system for the city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods.

  • Use a public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) for trams, buses and metros around Amsterdam.
  • Hire a bike.
Airports

Holland's largest international airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is less than 10 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam by train.

Student life

Located in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an exciting place to study. The University’s urban campus is modern and centrally located.

Facilities include:

  • Library
  • Study spaces 
  • Computer rooms
  • Sports facilities
  • Shops and cafés
  • On-campus accommodation.

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Lara from Syria

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.

Why choose Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam?

A world-ranking research university


Valuable industry links with major companies


Live and study in Amsterdam