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VU University Amsterdam

VU University Amsterdam


VU University Amsterdam


University type
Research University
Degrees offered
Bachelor, Master, Certificate, PhD
Accredited by
Netherlands Government
QS Ranking
TH Ranking
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University description

VU University Amsterdam was founded in 1880 and has, ever since, taken a distinctive approach to education and research. The university prides itself on being an organisation by and for the people. VU University encourages independent ideation among its students, researchers and (teaching) staff. The logo of the university, the Griffin, symbolises this core value.

VU is an accredited, state-funded university with about 23,000 students and 2,500 academic staff. With 18 English taught bachelor programs and over 100 Master courses, there is a wide choice of study options. VU University Amsterdam offers a high impact and inspirational educational setting in which students are encouraged to develop their potential.

VU University has an extensive international partner network. VU’s students can opt to go on an exchange to any one of these institutions. Partners include: University College London (UK), Stellenbosch (South Africa), NTU Taiwan, KU Leuven (Belgium), to name but a few.

VU University Amsterdam in the 2017 University Rankings

In the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking 2013, VU holds 159th place. In the ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities’ (ARWU) 2011 VU Amsterdam holds a position in the 101-150 category. Moreover, VU University Amsterdam's disciplines in Life Sciences and Agriculture Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, Social Sciences and Chemistry are in the international top 100.

QS World Humanities and Arts Ranking 2017
Position of VU University Amsterdam in the Discipline Rankings
Philosophy Ranking: 151 - 200
English Languages and Literature Ranking: 151 - 200
History Ranking: 51 - 100
Linguistics Ranking: 51 - 100

QS World Life Sciences and Medicine Ranking 2017
Position of VU University Amsterdam in the Discipline Rankings
Biological Sciences Ranking: 151 - 200
Pharmacy Ranking: 51 - 100

QS World Natural Sciences Ranking 2017
Position of VU University Amsterdam in the Discipline Rankings
Environmental Sciences Ranking: 101 - 150
Earth and Marine Sciences Ranking: 51 - 100

QS World Social Sciences Ranking 2017
Position of VU University Amsterdam in the Discipline Rankings
Statistics and Operational Research Ranking: 101 - 150
Sociology Ranking: 51 - 100
Law Ranking: 51 - 100
Economics Ranking: 51 - 100
Accounting and Finance Ranking: 151 - 200
Communication and Media Ranking: 101 - 150
Education Ranking: 151 - 200

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VU University Amsterdam Scholarships

Students have a choice of a number of scholarships they can apply for. Scholarships include:

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Centre for Educational Training/Assessment and Research, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Philosophy and Education, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology Faculty of Philosophy and Education

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Master programs


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